Introduction, quotes and little about Duchess
“Ever consider what our dog must think of us? I mean, here we come back from grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth. Anne Tyler
Our early trips were small hikes and we both were becoming gradually braver and braver and were reaching for higher summits. She was my running partner during my marathon years and was able to run 50-70 miles weekly. She mountain biked with me and she back country skied with me. She gave me bravery on my first trips to Colorado Mountains. I am not sure if I would be able to reach the summits without her. We spent many nights out alone, but we were not alone - we had each other.
Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, etcetera. If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special. If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic. But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more. However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being? Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day - we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention.” Jonathan Carroll
The 14ers dog. Duchess had developed a reputation. She was a great scramble dog and summited 45 Colorado peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation (Mt. Sneffels was her favorite with 4 summits). Some 14ers I did not try to take her on, e.g. Capitol (she just camped with me below), some we were not allowed to go to, e.g. Long's Peak because of its location inside Rocky Mountain National Park and "no pets allowed" within national park boundary. Culebra Peak is located on private property and they also do not allow dogs. She loved reaching the summits. Duchess also summited many 13ers and lower peaks. She hiked canyon lands of Utah and deserts of New Mexico. She visited many states, from New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada (yes, she went to Vegas), California, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Texas. She was even across the border in Mexico. She travelled well.A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad. Robert Wagner
“Dog’s lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”
Thank you for your comments on Duchess's last trip photo. I really appreciate it. Many of us have dogs and fear when the moment comes, but as long as we remember them waiting for us and being happy, we should believe we meet them again…