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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Caprica's first camping trip!

So my girlfriend and I took Caprica camping for the first time, up to Forillon national park in Quebec. She's a little over a year old, and generally doing great, though she went into things with a couple strange fears to work on (windshield wipers and campfires), and very limited exposure to some aspects of camping (overnights in the tent, extended time away from home).

Happy to report, she did great, and had a wonderful time.

She had been in the car for a few hours at a time, but we drove 13+ hours for this trip, taking breaks roughly every 2 hours for her to pee and stretch her legs, and she was a trooper. She's had some issues with riding in the car before. As a puppy, she thought it was great fun to bark twice at EVERY car which went by. Cute for 2 minutes, very annoying on trips of any length. Windshield wipers are apparently extremely dangerous, and must be barked at constantly, and motorcycles require 1 bark each. She really did great with all of these, she finally conceded that motorcycles shall be allowed to pass without barking (though they are still closely watched, to keep them in line...), and windshield wipers, though still very scary, can be tolerated quietly if we just keep our head turned away from them, or below the seats so we don't have to watch them. The windshield wipers in particular was a huge step for her.

At the campsite, she did great with fires. Still not the biggest fan of them, but like windshield wipers, they can be allowed to exist near her people so long as shes keeping a wary eye on them (from a safe distance of course).

Sleeping in the tent could not have gone smoother. At home, she won't sleep in the bed with us for more than an hour or so, because she likes to streeeetch out. In the tent however, she is a total cuddler. She rests her head on your legs, sleeps on your chest, puts her little dog face an inch away from yours and gives you kisses, and then wants to be the little spoon. She's usually pretty affectionate, but she took it to another level in the tent; super cute.

And the hikes. We took her on a bunch of hikes, ranging from ~1-8 miles, steep climbs, new terrain, etc, and she LOVED it. Really got her leash walking skills down pat (they were pretty decent before the trip, but nearly perfect on it!), and of course, a tired dog is a good dog. Plus, beaches have lots of driftwood which needs to be claimed and carried back to the site.

One thing that was really weird are WAVES! As much as swimming in rivers and lakes at home is pretty much the best, the waves in the ocean are veeeery suspicious. They required some barking, but ultimately may have won the battle, because she got too close chasing waves back into the water, and a big one came in, she slipped on the sand and landed on her butt, the wave washed up onto her back half, and sent her scurrying back up the beach, defeated by the ocean. We won't tell her dogfriends at home about that one.

All in all, we were very proud of Caprica, she exceeded all of our expectations, and really seemed to shine in a totally new situation. A couple pictures of her on the trip included. (She appreciates when I pick her up to show her the views, even if it makes her look like the big baby she secretly is)
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Good to hear all went well and that everyone enjoyed the camping trip! Camping and beach are awesome!
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Awww sounds like this trip was a great experience for all involved. She's a gorgeous girl too!
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Pretty girl! Looks like fun - glad you guys had a good time
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Sounds like you had a great time! Nice pictures. She is beautiful.
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Post was very fun to read...beautiful girl..

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 11:58 AM
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Looks like a great trip!
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