As two hikers prepare to embark on a snowy trek to a popular waterfall in Washington state, they spotted something rather unusual in the trail. Scott Brown and his wife found a fluffy black dog lingering at the trailhead.
At first, they thought the black dog was lost, but he seemed quite content and happy where he was.
“I made a joke to my wife that it was a bear,” Brown said during an interview with The Dodo.
They didn’t really want to bother the adorable black dog as he did not appear to be in trouble, but then they realize that the pup was up for the 7-mile trek challenge. He serves as the couple’s guide in the woods.
“He took the lead anywhere from a couple feet, to way out in front, out of sight,” Brown said, adding that the dog seemed understanding of the couple’s dilly-dallying: “He would sit and wait for us as we took photos and then continue on when we did.”
Brown certainly did not forget to snap several photos with their new friend as soon as they reached the waterfall.
The couple started to wonder again where the black dog came from or if he got lost from his human family. Until they saw what was written on the dog’s ID tag — and the two of them realized that everything was A-OK.
“Hi, I’m Smokey,” the scratched-up tag read. “I live nearby so please don’t take me. I like to follow hikers sometimes.”
And on the reverse, some pleasant reassurance:
“Don’t worry, I’ll go home when I get tired. My people love me a lot. Thanks for being nice!”
His name is Smokey and today he has chosen Brown and his wife to be his friend for a day.
Smokey had walked with them all throughout the trail. The black dog returned safely to the trailhead parking lot where they’d met in the first place — a short distance from the neighborhood where the dog apparently lives. It’s a perfect place for someone like Smokey who clearly loves to hike.
“He stayed in the lot until we were all changing near our cars and he calmly walked across the road and back into the neighborhood,” Brown said. “At the corner, he gave out a quick bark at us then continued on back home, I assume.”
“So long, Smokey. Thanks for the memories!”
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Source: The Dodo