Lone Dog Follows Couple On A Hike, Then They See His Collar And It All Makes Sense
You know, a hike is just not a hike unless you are joined by a strange dog that just won’t stop following you for no apparent reason. Or, at least that’s what a couple found out when they embarked on a seven mile hike in Washington State.
Scott Brown Meets Smokey
Scott Brown, 42, is a resident of Seattle who volunteers with a group called “Recovery beyond Paradigm.” As part of this non-profit, Scott trains people to hike as part of their recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.
He was prepping to lead a group of people with his wife on a snowy trek to Teneriffe Falls near North Bend in Washington State when he encountered a black fluffy dog at the entrance to the trail. It didn’t seem that odd to Brown because after all, there’s a neighborhood across from the parking lot. He figured the dog probably belonged to someone who lived close by.
A Friendly Companion
What was a little odd, however, was that the dog proceeded to jump in with Brown’s group of hikers. A friendly pup, he started to lead them on the hike and paused when the group took breaks — a thoughtful tour guide.
“He would sit and wait for us as we took photos and then continue on when we did,” said Brown.
I’ll Go Home When I’m Tired
At one point, Brown was curious about his new canine companion and examined his tags. He learned the dog’s name is Smokey. Also, there was an extra message.
“Hi, I’m Smokey. I live nearby so please don’t take me. I like to follow hikers sometimes.” On the back, the tag said, “Don’t worry, I’ll go home when I get tired. My people love me a lot. Thanks for being nice!”
Delighted by this message, Brown’s group continued to enjoy Smokey’s companionship throughout the hike and all the way back to the parking lot. When they reached their cars, Brown reported that Smokey gave a bark as a goodbye and trotted off.
See you on the trails, Smokey.
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