We have some guidelines, helpful tips, and a handy list of nearby veterinary clinics to make sure you and your four legged hiking buddy have a safe adventure in the woods! Please note that if your animal cannot fit in these guidelines you cannot bring them to the event.
We do not have any breed restrictions at Campfire Tails. If your dog is intact (not spayed/neutered) we ask that you please be extra diligent in supervising your dog for both their safety and others.
From our Code of Conduct:
All attendees bringing animals must sign a waiver of liability for each pet. For safety reasons, we require that no animal be left unattended under any circumstances. When you bring your pet to camp, be prepared to provide the following items/information for each animal: proof of licensing, vaccination records, a leash, food, and any medications (enough to last throughout the event). You must have another attendee agree to be responsible for each animal as a backup handler, in case you must leave your pet(s) for any reason. Owners are also expected to clean up after their pets and are required to keep them on leash at all times unless they are exiting or entering the water.
An important notice for ALL attendees: Do not feed people food to dogs unless their owner allows it. We did have a dog get mildly ill from table scraps one year, so please review this link from the ASPCA regarding hazardous foods for dogs.
-Social Personality: Your dog must be social or at least tolerant with large crowds of strangers. For the safety of all, we cannot allow a human or canine aggressive dog on site. No exceptions.
-Puppies: If your puppy is less than six months old or has not gotten their full round of vaccines/boosters, they cannot attend the event. We do require certain vaccines for the safety of all pets and fellow attendees. See below.
-Vaccines: We require these common three, please bring proof of vaccines from your vet’s office. We do not need to keep a copy, we just need to verify they are current.
- Bordetella: protects against common strains of kennel cough
DHPP: protects against distemper, adenovirus-2 [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus
Other vaccines that are not required, but worth considering in a camping scenario are the lymes vaccine to protect against lyme disease passed on by ticks they may encounter, and lepto vaccine to protect against leptospirosis which can be picked up from contact with infected urine. Both are communicable to humans!
-Collar/Harness, Leash, and Tags: All dogs must have a proper fitting collar or harness and tags, the collar/harness must be tight enough that your pet will not be able to slip out of it. Your dog should have a legal registration tag listing a registration or license number and the jurisdiction of the registration. A second tag with their name, your phone number, the name of the city where you live would also be a helpful piece of information in the event they become lost. They must be on leash at all times except when entering or exiting the water. This rule is enforced by the forest service as well.
-Supervision: Your dog must be with you or your secondary handler and on leash at all times when not in the water. No exceptions.
-Medications: if your dog is on any medications please remember to bring them and make sure you are able to administer them as needed.
-Feeding/Hydration: We have clean water on site, but you are responsible for making sure your animal has enough food to eat during the event. We are in a desert, hydration is vital. If your pet is too hot, a cool (not cold!) wash cloth to their paws, ears, and chest will help. Don’t forget, heat stroke can be fatal!
-Poop bags: Remember to pack biodegradable or compostable poop bags and pick up after your dog. Both can be found at any grocery or pet store. Also keep in mind that just because it’s biodegradable/compostable that it doesn’t mean you can leave them on the ground. Throw used bags in any of our trash cans put up around camp.
The following, while not required, are very important to consider:
-Flea/Tick treatments: If it’s not something you normally administer, it would be a good idea for camping. Fleas and ticks like people too!
-Kennel/Crate: If your dog is used to sleeping in a crate or you don’t want to worry about what they’ll get into in your tent while sleeping, bring a proper sized kennel for them to sleep in. Your dog will need to be able to stand upright and turn around in the crate for it to be the proper size for them. Keep in mind that having the crate does not mean you can leave them unattended in it. You or your backup handler must be in the immediate vicinity at all times your dog is crated.
-Booties: The ground is hot and full of sharp rocks that will cut and blister even rough paw pads. If your dog isn’t used to walking on harsh, rocky terrain, I would highly recommend getting a set of booties which you can buy for as little as $10 at any pet store or online. I would suggest against the rubber “Pawz” booties. From experience, they don’t have any breath-ability and are not appropriate for hours of use at a time in a hot environment.
I will be bringing a small medkit specifically tailored for dogs (bandaging supplies, dog-safe medications, themometer, etc). I have 6 years of professional dog care experience and I am certified in dog CPR and basic first aid care.
I am not trained to deal with any serious injuries or ailments, if your dog suffers a serious injury or needs emergency care, you will need to know where the nearest emergency clinic is and be able to transport your pet there. The nearest emergency vet clinic to our campsite is in Bend so do your best to keep your dog safe!
Animal Emergency Center in Bend (Approx. 25mi from camp site)
Open 5pm-8am weekdays and 24 Hours on weekends (541-385-9110)
Nearest Daytime Clinics:
La Pine Animal Hospital (Approx. 10mi from camp site)
Open M-F 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 8am-4pm (541-536-2001)
Sunriver Veterinary Clinic (Approx. 13mi from camp site)
Open M-F 8:30am-5pm (541-593-8128)
Blue Sky Vet Clinic (Approx. 24mi from camp site)
Open M-F 8am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-1pm (541-383-3833)
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please ask here! I’m a good dog, I won’t bite!