“You wanted a puppy”…the raising of a “crag dog”

Van at Crater Lake

Titus at Crater Lake

Paps often says “You wanted a Puppy!”….and at times I question my sanity.  Even as I sit here trying to remember the events of June, I’m wrestling a 44 lb German Shepherd Dog (GSD) on her bed.  Note, not the couch, not MY bed…her bed.  Because I can’t do anything without the land shark finding her next victim.

So let me take you back, waaaaaay back to June.  Oh man.  Remember that sweet, sweet puppy on the rope bag?  The one that so incredibly cute, sweet, and slept in my lap?  That pup has been replaced with an autonomous, intelligent, cunning and sometimes very naughty little dog (part alligator?).

So we made our second trip towards Trango’s mother land…Central Oregon.

such a sweet lapdog.

Such a sweet lapdog.

Road Trip, van reinvented, but not permanently.

Road Trip, van reinvented, but not permanently.

So…we made it there!  But did we climb a lot?  Oh, heck no.  The first day we started out early only to deal with barking, whining, digging, eating rocks, and acting like a maniac. So, we bailed like the embarrassed parents in a church service whose toddler threw himself across the pews.

Trango riding shotgun on the rope bag, it was a little harder with a doubled weight.

Trango riding shotgun on the rope bag, a little harder since she doubled her weight.

TP (Trango pup) apparently gets priority.  We found some shade for a puppy to relax and flexed our tolerance muscles to make a plan.

We climbed at sunset while she napped!

Multi pitching with the kid in bed.

Multi pitching with the kid in bed.

Paps on top of some random 5.9

Paps on top of some random 5.9

watching him rappel

Watching him rappel

Paps and Mama D after climbing Lion Zion 5.10c. An amazing lead.

Paps and Mama D after climbing Lion Zion 5.10c.  An amazing lead.

Climbing at sunset.

Climbing at sunset.

Tiny little paps WAAAAY up there!

Tiny little paps WAAAAY up there!

The next day we went to Crater Lake, because cleary that was puppy compatible.

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a little family time.

A little family time.

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So, we tried climbing again, but this time raced the sun, and found a spot where we (Paps) could could work on Trad and Trango could hang out.

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You’re probably curious why she has a tarp.  She eats rocks.

Climbing while the baby naps.

Climbing while the baby naps.

Girl, put that ear up!

Girl, put that ear up!

We really enjoyed our time with TP.  We learned a lot, and all of us still have a lot to learn.

As for the van, at this time we have a plan.  More to come!

Hanging out at an outdoor Patio/our favorite spot.

Hanging out at McMennamins‘ outdoor patio, our favorite spot.

Homeward bound...

Homeward bound…one ear up, one eye open…

Until next time…

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