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Old 05-12-2016, 07:45 PM   #15
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Well, I guess we will keep the reservations, and park the trailer at the RV park and bring the animals with us in the jeep/tow vehicle (yes, petS...have a cat too, but she stays in the trailer or the jeep. Not a hiker!) We can toss the animals into the jeep and cruise the roads. We will not need to do any hiking, since we will have had 2 months of solid hiking before we get to Glacier. We might use this trip as a "rest stop"!
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Any trails in both parks you will be up close as in feet from both docile and dangerous wild life. A dog in the wild is a danger too it and you, the wildlife sees it as a predictor not your cute puppy. Now as to beauty and the wild experience these two parks are tops. When I was with dog, I would kennel her for the week or so. Much less stress on the animal and on us. Oh even the camp grounds in or near these two parks could/might have wild life in them, for instance bears. I don't mean to try and scare you but just inform.

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We did Glacier years ago prior to dog ownership. Now as a beloved pet owner I have adopted a policy of if my dog can't come, I ain't going. I understand the Nat'l Park Service attitude of dogs scare away the wildlife you want to see and attract the type you don't want to encounter.
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We did Glacier years ago prior to dog ownership. Now as a beloved pet owner I have adopted a policy of if my dog can't come, I ain't going. I understand the Nat'l Park Service attitude of dogs scare away the wildlife you want to see and attract the type you don't want to encounter.
We bought the trailer so we could travel and bring our animals with us. No kennels or babysitters for our pets.

This is the reason I started this thread, to make sure it wouldn't be a complete waste of time to visit.

But we are only going to be there for 2 days, and we can do it all from the jeep, and just get out when we want to see something up close.
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We bought the trailer so we could travel and bring our animals with us. No kennels or babysitters for our pets.

This is the reason I started this thread, to make sure it wouldn't be a complete waste of time to visit.

But we are only going to be there for 2 days, and we can do it all from the jeep, and just get out when we want to see something up close.
Sounds like a good plan. You can walk pets in most paved areas.
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Because taking an RV on the Going to the Sun Rd. is not suggested/allowed in some cases, it can best be seen from the Red Bus tours. The guided tours will point out things you'll never know about. We loved it!
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We did Glacier years ago prior to dog ownership. Now as a beloved pet owner I have adopted a policy of if my dog can't come, I ain't going. I understand the Nat'l Park Service attitude of dogs scare away the wildlife you want to see and attract the type you don't want to encounter.
Yes, dogs can scare away wildlife. However, they can also attract wildlife, especially bears. There are many instances of this happening. We've heard the stories from rangers - state parks, national forests, also. A dog is no match for a bear and if you happen to be standing there, too...well...... Be safe out there!
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We had our dog (best basset hound ever) with us to Yellowstone/Teton/Glacier last fall. Some trails with no dogs or only on leash etc. but had a wonderful time. He saw a Grizzly (from the toad) in Glacier! I think that's what he's still dreams about. For sure go. It's amazing. West Glacier KOA was one of our favorites.
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Ours is a boxer. She would take off after a bear in a second. We have a hard time keeping her from chasing our bulls and cows. Fearless.

So, no...on a leash, and we will have bear spray. And if she chases after a bear, I will make sure she gets a little in her face, as well. Hard lesson to learn, but she needs to know "leave the bears alone!"
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We bought the trailer so we could travel and bring our animals with us. No kennels or babysitters for our pets.



This is the reason I started this thread, to make sure it wouldn't be a complete waste of time to visit.



But we are only going to be there for 2 days, and we can do it all from the jeep, and just get out when we want to see something up close.

You've got the right plan and it is what we did a few years ago when we visited the park. We drove our F350 on the road to the sun and only had to pull the mirrors in once when going through a narrow spot. The dogs enjoyed the ride and our stop at Lake McDonald. It is a very beautiful place.
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You'll be in bear country so there are regulations about what you can leave outside and what you must store. Make sure you're "bear aware". The same applies to Yellowstone.
The Great Smoky Mtns are also bear country...black bears.
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Is Glacier National Park pet and RV friendly?

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Ours is a boxer. She would take off after a bear in a second. We have a hard time keeping her from chasing our bulls and cows. Fearless.

So, no...on a leash, and we will have bear spray. And if she chases after a bear, I will make sure she gets a little in her face, as well. Hard lesson to learn, but she needs to know "leave the bears alone!"

Close enough to use bear spray is not a place most of us would want to be. But if your dog is like this one, not a problem. Of course, the bears may be bigger and on their own turf.

We met a Jack Russel last month whose owner credited him with treeing one bear and chasing off another while they were hiking in the woods.

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Your biggest dogs are simply no match for an agitated Glacier grizzly. In general terms, they are bigger & more aggressive than those located further south in Yellowstone - and even they are unbelievably formidable. What often happens is the pets start out acting aggressively towards the wildlife, but the tables turn very quickly. They hightail it back to their owners for protection. Right. While grizzlies are the poster child of NP predators, our last visit to Glacier (decades back), there had been a number of mountain lion attacks. Including one in the main campground the week before we arrived. Generally in Yellowstone, bison confrontations top the list. By all means, visit these two beautiful parks. Do it in the order you indicated. We last came down from Banff/Jasper to Glacier to Yellowstone. Wrong. Each park further south looked more desolate. Last visit we stayed at a beautiful FHU facility in West Yellowstone. The grizzly/wolf facility in town is incredible. Watch that midsize grizzly pick up a 2' x 10' log & toss it around like I do a pillow. My 125 lb. German Shepard would be an appetizer.
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