May 7, 2013
"While on a hike, our 130-pound English Mastiff, Louis, went down more than two miles from our car. My husband, an Army medic and avid CrossFitter, began our trek over rocky terrain. Had it not been for CrossFit, he would not have had the strength and endurance to carry our Louis to safety."
- Ashley Shanklin
Friday's Individual Events for 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals Released!
Posted by Pukie at May 7, 2013 5:00 PM
New Wod Walking Grace. Hope the dog is ok.
Great photo and story. Functional fitness. Meanwhile, I have to decide whether or not to attack Nancy tonight or tomorrow. Did Elizabeth last night and the front squats this morning.
Once we know Louis is okay, we can make jokes about him needing to join the hubby in the CF workouts.
Great story and photo. I hope he is ok
That is awesome! Hope everyone is doing OK.
Your awesome. Thanks for your service. I hope Louis is doing well.
Emerging consensus: We really need to know that Louis is okay.
I concur!!! Louis is a BIG deal!!! Please let us know! Hope he has recovered!!!
I'm assuming (knocking on wood) he's okay based on her last sentence...she said he was carried "to safety." :)
nothing like a man helping his best friend in a time of need. Great Job!!!
According to Ashley, "Louis is still on the mend, but doing well!"
That is so sad, I'm glad he is doing ok though!
Louis is doing great! After I got him home I got him hooked up with an IV and ran two bags of fluid into him. 2 days later he was good as new. Just so everyone knows, since there has been a lot of negative comments on FB, we had over 3L of water for the our 2 dogs. We gave them all of that plus our own supplies. I also want to clarify that we exercise our dogs regularly with walks and runs. This one was a little more intense since we went further than usual and Louis followed me on my run up the mnt. I love my dogs more than anything and would never intentionally hurt them.
Who take an English Mastiff on a hike?! Poor guy. :(
130# Farmer Carry
2 miles for time
No negativity here!!! Things happen!!! Thanks for the update!!! Glad all ended well. :)
How about- WOD: "Louis"
130# sandbag or duffle bag carried for:
10 Walking Lunges (5 each leg)
x 8 rounds (two miles) for time
Now that is Friend's best man!!!
Glad your dog is ok and it all turned out well. Stay off Facebook and away from haters.
Happy to hear about the dog.
20 double unders
20 kettleswings @35lb
my cardio sucks major
Glad to hear Louis is ok@! I wish my old lab could still hike, but those days are gone.
Thanks for sharing that awesome story. Glad things are good with Louis. CrossFit saves lives ;)
I have a 140 lb English Mastiff that has crapped out on a hike in the TX heat before too. I never thought of carrying him back to the truck. Ill have to try that if it happens again. Glad the big guy is ok.
Wow!! Now that's a beast!! The dog's pretty big too
Glad to hear Louis is doing well!! Seeing as most CrossFit gyms have a dog or two running around, this could be an easy WOD to replicate - "WOD for today - 2 mile shoulder carry (note - please bring dog)". Also, interesting to see how the dog gets his name in the description provided by Ashley, but the guy who carried him two miles to safety is just "husband" (being married, I know how that goes...). And don't name the WOD after Louis, he DNF'd, name it after the poor schlub who had to carry him back. Lastly, something tells me that Louis just learned a great new trick - "hmmm, if I get tired, that dude will carry me back and the woman will give me all the attention, interesting...may need to test this out again..."
I'm with Kirstine #20 - no negativity, sometimes the day is just warmer than you expected. They have more trouble with extended exercise in heat than we humans do. Nice job getting him back to the car and treating him afterwards. Glad to hear he's doing fine.
Glad to hear everybody is doing well!
You guys rock!
@21 - that is a great workout! I hope Pukie picks up on it.
I have an English bulldog and she goes on epic hikes and even water rafting with us. We have always tried to include her in all of our outdoor activities. She is in amazing shape and can swim like a tank for hours. Just because it is a certain kind of bread, doesn't mean you can let them be lazy and out of shape. Things happen. I would do anything for my pooch... good thing mine doesn't weigh THAT much!
I just read the programmed workouts for the first day of Regionals. I actually like that both women and men will be using the same equipment so we'll be able to compare everyone to each other directly. I think that seconds will separate a lot of people on this WOD.
After reading the second/ double WOD, I would only say that the main problem I have is with the fixed height of the rings. I think that as long as they are at least say, 2" above your max reach then it's fair and you should be able to adjsut them. If Aja Barto (6'-5") and Josh Bridges(5'-5") have to jump to the same height rings, then I would say that just by his stature, Josh would have an incredible disadvantage in this workout, especially since it's a timed 30 rep. event. EVERY second will count and when you jump up high compared to someone barely jumping up, your grip will get desimated much faster as well.
Why not make it more fair and say it has to be a minimum or a certain height above yoru reach. There are not 130,000 people here at Regionals. They can adjust the height of the rings, have the competitors do a couple sample reps and get it going in a timely fasion. I always hate these type of one size fits all mentality. I mean you are allowed to change the damper setting while on the row, that also has been a point of contention in if it's up to the athlete's control or if it's fixed. Again, I would say that this should be up to the athlete, until CF sets a certain standard, then that could become the standard damper setting for competitions, but wouldn't still make sense, since we all row a bit differently, stroke rate, body positioning due to our different body types, etc.
Looking forward to seeing some incredible performances. I think that the OHS WOD will be very fun to watch, and WILL effect the press outs of the burpee MUs, but since it's only 30 MUs that will be fast and furious as well.
Great story and great workout!
Dogs are smart - they know when to "quit".
Glad you were able to get him to safety.
Now that is an awesome pic and story!!! I would do the same for my dogs. Get well soon Louis. Grat job Sir! Go Army!
I had to do the same thing with my 100lb golden retriever on a trail in Boulder, CO two weeks ago. I tell you this, Crossfit or not,--he was not heavy, he's my best friend. :-)
If I ever get in trouble, I hope a military medic--don't care which branch--is around to help! Awesome dudes.
i dont comment to much on here, but to see that people are being so negative to you is just disrespectful, Come on people, he is an army medic first off so i think he knows a bit about what an human, and even an animal can handle, second off, if any of you have ever owned a dog, you f-in know that that love is so strong that you would never allow that dog any harm....i had to put my dog down recently and it was ok, because like your dog Ashley, my dog lived a fantastic life and came with me all the places i went.
Subbed Outlaw Crossfit WOD:
7X1 3-Position Snatch – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. (2 @ 95, 5 @ 115)
10 minute AMRAP of:
30 (steps) BB Walking Lunges (front rack) 75/55#
2 rds. + 11 lunge steps
Made up the 10-10-10-10-10 front squat workout this morning, details there.
Glad everyone is ok. This excellent picture belongs on a calendar or CrossFit HQ walls!
anything over 85 degrees without water to cool off in is a little too hot for dogs and hiking deserts, esp the biggg guys. glad everyone's ok, and thanks for not prescribing the farmer carry with that boy!
@ Comment # 28I see what you did there! Good one!
@ # 28! I'm going to attempt that workout this weekend! Glad to know everyone came out all right!
Sorry, as I dog owner I can't say this is a demonstration of the greatness of crossfit. I've had extra large breed dogs and can't imagine why anyone would bring such an animal on a hike in a desert. Mine suffered on long hikes in the Northwoods. You're lucky you had the strength to get him out, but the dog would have suffered much less at home in the first place.
Brought back a old sweet memory skiing with my Golden Retriever. Skied over his leg and had to carry him down 2k vert. Tough on the arms and back. Felt terrible but there was NO WAY he would stay in the car on a powder day. Hope Louis has a quick and complete recovery and that he enjoys many more days out there with you!
That is the true relationship between a man and his dog.
35 yrs of bodybuilding: I can incline bench more than I can front squat. How messed up is that?
3 mile run after a long day. @ 8:45/mile
Thanks for all the amazing, kind words! You can always count on the crossfit community for support! My husbad actually sent this in for me (from my point of view- he's better with words!) so he forgot his own name! Haha (His name is Harley, by the way!) it was actually a pretty cool day. I think it was the elevation and climb at the end that got him. He was panting too hard to get any water down for a while :/ The rest of the hike is pretty flat, we go every week and he LOVES it! Lesson learned, no more mountain climbing lol but we'll be back out there soon, he waits for it every Sunday! :)
on my wonderful rest day i went for a 4.2 miles run ;)
Glad everything turned out fine. Extra large dogs are fine on long hikes if trained to do them, my dogue de Bordeaux was 75kg (shredded) and used to trot along when I jogged 10km (55mins) most mornings with me.
If you can't be smart, be strong
Looks like Joshua Tree...
The real buddy carry. Amazing. Hope louis is ok!
That dog will remember that forever.
That's awesome. I'm a mastiff owner myself great dogs. Hate heat and long walks. Hope he's good.
You guys are the best parent's ! Sooo glad Louis is doing we'll! Going to do Cross Fit now so I am ready when I get my doggie or doggies! :P glad I saw this story today too, made my Friday!
Looks eerily similar to a hike I did about a month ago...Rusty (75 lb retriever) cut his pads up on the sharp Yuma desert rocks and refused to continue. Had to carry him a mile back to the truck.
This made me cry, so incredibly sweet!Humanity is at its best when they're caring for animals. So glad you love your dogs so much! Give Louis a big kiss and hug from me!
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