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After his close call with Remi, Paul began to research the options available for canine-specific emergency and protective gear. While he didn't find the technical gear that he was looking for, Paul did come across numerous news articles and stories of dog rescues in the backcountry, further affirming what he already knew. Emergency situations involving dogs in the wilderness happen all of the time.
In most cases the human is not at all prepared to rescue their companion. Often times, the human must abandon their companion in the wilderness in an attempt to get a cell signal and call Search and Rescue. Each Search and Rescue team sets their own rules pertaining to dog rescues. Some SAR teams are prohibited from going on animal rescues, while others will respond, but as a last priority. One thing all SAR teams agree on- risking life or injury to a team member responding to a dog rescue is unacceptable and the public needs to be better prepared to rescue their own companion.
"IN THE ADVENTURE BIZ: FIDO PRO” - Colorado Tourism office September 2018
"Sometimes it takes a bad situation to come up with a great idea.
Just ask former competitive skier, ultra-marathon runner and climber/mountaineer Paul Hoskinson. In May of 2017, Paul was backcountry skiing at Independence Pass near Aspen with some friends and his German Shorthaired Pointer, Remi, when disaster struck."
"Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Backcountry | The Fido Pro Airlift Pack" - SNOWBRAINS july 2018
"Colorado man Paul Hoskinson created a new essential piece of equipment for dog owners who also happen to be outdoor enthusiasts - the Fido Pro Airlift. This product is a hammock-style backpack that is packable and lightweight, and allows the owner to safely carry their dog out of a bad situation."
"This Small Piece of Gear Could Save Your Dog’s Life" - Powder Magazine June 2018
"In May of 2017, the worst case scenario happened to Colorado native Paul Hoskinson and his beloved dog, Remi. While enjoying a spring day on Independence Pass outside of Aspen, Hoskinson, a former competitive skier and backcountry aficionado, accidentally clipped Remi's right leg when skiing through old slide debris."
"Every dog has its day" - The Durango TeLegraPh August 2018
"We’ve all heard the horror stories, or maybe experienced the horror ourselves.
You’re out, galavanting in the backcountry with your two and four-legged best friends, when disaster strikes. While enjoying the spoils of a well-earned hike, an errant ski tip clips the leg or paw of your powder hound. Or maybe it’s not quite as grisly, and Fido just poops out before you can make it back to the trailhead."
"Backcountry Skiing Mishap Prompts Launch Of ‘Fido Pro’" - CBS DEnver News June 2018
"Our products are developed with two primary goals; to assist you in saving your dog should it become sick or injured in the backcountry and to help prevent injury from occurring,” Paul Hoskinson told CBS4 Tuesday.
"A Dog Left to Die on the Mountain" - OUtside Magazine November 2012
"Missy is now called Lucky. And she is a celebrity. But in the early hours after Scott and Amanda Washburn found her, she was just a nameless German Shepherd with paws more like bloody ribbons of flesh and a case of dehydration so severe that her saliva was blue."
"Dog rescued near Quandary Peak summit" - the ASpen Times July 2017
"Dogs are a common sight on the trails up to Summit County’s many peaks, but like humans, they sometimes bite off a little more than they can chew.
That’s what happened Sunday night at around 5 p.m. on Quandary Peak, when a canine companion’s paws became too cut up to go on any further near the 14,265-foot summit."
"Summit County crew rescues dog in distress" - the ASpen Times July 2017
"A rescue crew of 10 people spent three hours Sunday saving a 9-year-old canine on Ute Pass Trail after the dog started suffering from life-threatening, internal medical issues, according to the Summit County Rescue Group."
"injured dog dies after climber abandons it on mountainside" - The Daily Mail January 2018
"A climber has been bombarded with hate messages after he abandoned his elderly dog - who has now been found dead - on a Scottish mountain when she collapsed during a hike.
Paul Finnegan, of Shotts in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, was walking along the 3,074ft Beinn Sgulaird mountain when his Border Collie, Meg, lost the use of her legs."