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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eagle's Rest, Oregon

Or umm, should that read;
"Plott's Rest"

When we first rescued Jack he was severely underweight and his fur felt like straw, he was dirty, intact, psycho, and flighty. However he was free of parasites, liked our dogs, and seemed to have no prey drive and left our cats alone. All these facts led to us having him in our home as our foster dog.

Did you know we've had Jack since April?!  It's hard to believe because he's such a cool dog. We're still looking for a home for him, however we refuse to put him on craigslist so we're relying mostly on word of mouth and social networking.

Anyways back to Jack...well we put him on a super yummy Petcurean Go! kibble diet with a bunch of supplements and additions like we do with our dogs. Yummy coconut oil to help with his skin which was super flakey, and hair which felt like straw.  We added a high quality fishy wet food to help him put on some weight and joint supplements, along with the constant array of treats since we work on some form of training daily with each dog.

Jack not only put on the weight he was lacking, but he also is developing some lovely love handles. Ooops... So now we're increasing his exercise a bit (it's still ruthlessly hot here!) and decreasing his daily calorie intake. He is not a happy Plott Hound at the moment but it's for the best!

Well Dz Dog Dad wanted to go for a trail run and I decided it would be a good time to take myself and Jack on a nice hike to work off some of our more squishy parts. Gotta be honest, I need exercise too! So we packed up and headed to Eagle's Rest.

We started at the hiker symbol by 5833 and hiked to Eagle's Rest.

Eagle's Rest is a 4.2 mile hike round trip, 2.1 of those miles are uphill. 

Turns out Jack is close in size to Dante! So I loaded up Dante's Groundbird backpack, adjusted the straps for fit and we were off! I kept the weight light since Jack hasn't carried a backpack before, but I wanted him to work as well, so for his 50 pounds he carried 3 pounds of water.

Turns out he's a great hiking buddy! He doesn't really have a prey drive so when we had a squirrel run across our path he inquisitively looked at it but didn't yank me 100 mph the way Ziva does when she sees a small animal move. He stayed right behind or beside me on a nice loose leash, and only tripped me up a couple times, but never pulled.

It was gorgeous! A long and steady incline with switchbacks, tall trees, and dense under brush. For being a hot day it was pretty cool walking in the shade of all the trees.

Turns out their is a shelter you can hike to if you want to set up camp, might be a fun trip for us later this summer or the beginning of fall now that i'm out of school. 

I should have timed how long it took us to get to the summit, I tried to keep our pace up. We beat Dz Dog dad to the summit but not by much, he took the long route in so that he could run a longer distance than my measly 4.2 miles.

Pouring water on Jack to help him cool down.
"You mean you dragged me up this hill just for a view?!"  ~ Jack

"Nap time you crazy lady."

Such a great hiking buddy, he's still looking for his forever home! If you know anyone in Oregon please send them our way! Otherwise I may just have to keep this goofball all for myself.

He's such a handsome hiking buddy, don't you think?
Again my, "Not so Wordless Wednesday."


  1. Even if I knew someone, I wouldn't send em your way!! I think you should keep Jack - he's yours (trust me) and he's so happy. Tell Graham I posted the story today about the Boys cartoon courtesy of DZ's Adventures. It still makes me smile, it's special just like all of you!

    1. You are too sweet. :-) Graham has already seen the post and he loves it!

  2. What a cool place! We sure hope Jack finds his furever home soon!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. That sounds like a fun hike (I think over 2 miles uphill is plenty)! Jack is definitely one handsome guy.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  4. If I expected Bentley to walk four miles with me up a hill, I'd be dreaming! LOL! It is a beautiful scene and I hope Jack finds an adventurous family to continue his fun.

  5. I can't get over his handsome face. He'd be so much fun to have around, I'm still so surprised he has not found his forever home yet.

    1. I know! :-( My sister may end up adopting him, she's in love. But she's not moving back here to Oregon until October.

  6. This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Oregon. It's so shady and cool, and there's very little competing foot traffic. Yay!

    Sorry to hear this sweetie isn't finding his forever fit. He is so handsome, and there are so many great Oregon dog owners out there!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie


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