Strange Dog With Very Special Message On His Tag Joins Couple On Their Hike

The Great Outdoors

Flickr / Feng Wei

A great way to add some excitement into your life is to set out on an adventure, and to make it even better, to set out on an outdoor adventure. You can go swimming, snorkeling, biking, camping, scuba diving, hiking — the possibilities are endless! While you probably don't think much about it, humans aren't the only creatures that enjoy an outdoor adventure. As one couple quickly found out, sometimes our four-legged friends like to explore just as much as we do.

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On The Trail

Facebook / Scott Brown

Scott Brown and his wife were hiking through the snow covered forests of North Bend, Washington, recently, headed for a popular waterfall in the area. But before they reached their destination, they noticed something on the trail. "I made a joke to my wife that it was a bear," Brown said. If that was the case, I would be hightailing it out of there as quick as you could say, "Yogi," but thankfully it wasn't a bear.

A New Friend

Facebook / Scott Brown

Sitting at the beginning of the trail was a big, black, fluffy dog. They were in a pretty remote area, so it was a surprise to come across a dog on the trail. But the big guy seemed to be happy, so the couple didn't think they needed to worry about him. They figured his family was possibly hiking nearby and that he would go along his merry way. But that wasn't the last time that they would see him!

Leading The Way

Facebook / Scott Brown

As they set out on their seven-mile hike, Brown and his wife realized that they weren't alone. The big black dog decided to serve as their tour guide. "He took the lead anywhere from a couple feet, to way out in front, out of sight," Brown said, adding that the dog didn't seem to mind that the couple was taking their time. "He would sit and wait for us as we took photos and then continue on when we did." But he had a surprise in store for them.

Tag — You're It

Facebook / Scott Brown

Once they reached the waterfall, they took some more pictures to capture the moment. It was then that Brown noticed the dog was wearing a collar with tags. After all, this was a dog found out in the wilderness, which is no place for a dog to live. He seemed healthy, but how was he getting food? Was he keeping warm enough? Was he lost and in need of finding his family? Brown wanted to find out.

Meet "Smokey"

Facebook / Scott Brown

One look at the tag and Brown knew that everything was going to be okay. "Hi, I'm Smokey," the well-worn tag read. "I live nearby so please don't take me. I like to follow hikers sometimes." And on the reverse, a little reassurance: "Don't worry, I'll go home when I get tired. My people love me a lot. Thanks for being nice!" Clearly Smokey had served as a tour guide a few times in his day!

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