Georgy Check-in

9 Sep

Lots of people have asked about how Georgy is doing so I just wanted to do a quick post about our four-legged companion. He has fully recovered from his porcupine run-in at this point and has so far avoided any further contact with the spiky species. However, he has managed to chase a black bear, a deer, two skunks, and endless chipmunks. He hasn’t caught anything, but hope still gleams in his eye.

As far as his pack weight,
we have managed to keep it under 8lbs, though when it gets that high he gives us lots of hateful looks and deep sighs. If he could complain in those moments I think he would, but instead he dutifully presses on. His appetite has fluctuated as the weeks have gone by, but mainly he eats everything he can get his paws on!

Georgy also takes his security duties very seriously both day and night. During the day he greets each hiker we pass politely, but then waits and watches them until they are completely out of sight and Emily and I are both “safe”. At night he stays on the prowl and only emits a low growl when anyone comes near our tent after we have gone to bed. We make sure he is tied up safely, but he ensures that no one gets too close!

In regards to his interactions with other hikers and other dogs, Georgy tends to ignore the hikers and love the dogs. When he meets another pup who carries a pack there is extra sniffing and some communication regarding how they would never let their humans carry their weight the way some of those other dogs do. I think he takes pride in being a “working dog”, even if he does try to get extra belly rubs when I am trying to put his pack on in the morning!




3 Responses to “Georgy Check-in”

  1. Gail Gibson September 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    Even though we were only Georgy’s vets for a short time we’re happy to hear that he is doing so well. I’m sure there are days when he gets discouraged just like you but you can be sure there are a lot of us out there that are pulling for you two and Georgy. You’re our hiker heroes!! Keep on trucking and someday you’ll look back on this with very fond memories.
    Gail and Jack Gibson

    • jen September 10, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks so much Gail and Jack! We think about you all often and are forever grateful for what you did for us. You will be Georgy’s Maine vets for life :).

  2. Lance Pearson September 11, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    When Georgy and the two humans he’s accompanying get to the long 550 mile hike down the spine of Virginia, just remember, when you get to Roanoke and Botetort counties that you are hiking in Moonshiner Country…still an active business today. You will be right next to Franklin County, during the 1920’s and 30’s which was referred to as “the wettest county in the world” during the period of prohibiition under the infamous Volstead act’s restrictions on drinking. Raise the price of alcohol in Virginia’s ABC stores today and the sale of bulk sugar goes way, way up. Stay away from anybody’s pots, Georgy, when you are in Virginia. They is still there. They is still working. They is still serious though often with chemistry degrees from the local land grant University today.

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