Mountaineering Expert Julie Kittams has told the Associated Press that it’s not a great idea to bring a dog on a challenging climb. She says that they can slow down your efforts, and keeping track of them can be like watching over an injured teammate, and can prevent a climber from being able to get down safely themselves.
This follows the story of Velvet the Black Lab who helped to keep the climbers on Mount Hood warm, and alive, last week until rescue teams could reach them. Of course, we probably shouldn’t show Ms. Kittams, who is a Veterinarian who specializes in Iditarod sled dogs, this video.
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