Monday, July 18, 2011

Foster Dog Bertie Shines on Mount Kearsarge

For the second week in a row, I have been privileged to be accompanied by a wonderful canine companion en route to the summit of one of New Hampshire's most spectacular peaks.  On Sunday, July 17, 2011, the lovely Bertie and I hiked to the 2,937 ft. summit of Mt. Kearsarge located in Wilmot, New Hampshire.  Mt. Kearsarge is famous for its panoramic views showcasing Boston to the south, the White Mountains to the north, the Green Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Bertie on the Barlow Trail
Bertie is an approximately 2-year old Spaniel/Chow Chow mix who enjoys the company of other dogs, cats and people of all ages.  She is currently residing in a foster home that is part of the volunteer network of the rescue organization Canine Guardians for Life, Inc.

Bertie is both friendly and energetic, and she tackled Mt. Kearsarge with such enthusiasm that it felt as though she too sensed the magnificent views awaiting us at the summit!

Bertie shows off her golden coat
Our journey began at Winslow State Park where we opted to travel up the mountain using the Winslow Trail and return via the longer Barlow Trail.  Bertie was very pleased by the welcome she received from the park attendant who kindly presented her with a very large doggie biscuit to fuel her hike!

Taking in the views at the summit
Bertie walked extremely well on a leash and politely greeted all of the human and canine hikers that she met on the trails.  Many people stopped to pet Bertie along the way and to inquire about her hiking background.  They were all surprised to learn that this was Bertie's first hike since she is both so well mannered and very adept at climbing.  They were similarly surprised to learn that Bertie is a foster dog who is waiting for her permanent family to be found.  Fellow hikers we spoke with were more than happy to share Bertie's contact information with those looking to adopt a dog into their lives.  Bertie and I are also hopeful that some of the people we met today may themselves be interested in providing a permanent home for her or would consider opening their homes temporarily to a dog in need of foster care.

Bertie makes friends with Tucker
Foster families provide a critical link between overcrowded animal shelters and families looking to add a canine companion into their lives.  Foster care allows dogs to immediately transition into a home situation while simultaneously providing rescue groups with the time and resources required to appropriately match adopters with the dogs who are most suitable for their lifestyle.  If you or someone you know would love to add Bertie as a member of the family, please learn more about her and complete an adoption application.

For more photos of Bertie's adventure to the summit of Mount Kearsarge, visit her album and become a fan of Foster Dog Summit on Facebook.

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