Yesterday we decided to climb Mt. Bierstadt, one of many
Colorado 14-ers. The hike started on Guanella Pass where we parked
our truck and adored the view, with the peak ahead of us...
surrounded by an endless beauty of majestic mountains and meadows.
As we started the ascend with our three younger dogs, many others
did the same... and we encountered tons of outdoor enthusiasts
with dogs along the trail, as it was a beautiful sunny Sunday
Just below the summit, we decided to stop and eat our lunch. It
was then when I noticed a gorgeous pitbull strolling down the
mountain, off leash, in a steady stride... along the trail yet
alone, not in a group or with anyone. It surprised me as there were
many other Fidos around, and I thought how curious... my gaze
followed this dog until he was out of sight. Our lunch tasted great
in this serene setting and we took a well deserved break. My
thoughts wandered away from the dog and I took in the beauty of the
surrounding. Just then, I noticed the same dog strutting back up the
mountain... curiously and swiftly, only stopping to sniff an
occasional hiker with his dog, to greet them and wag it's tail,
then to continue on the journey up the steep mountainside. I watched
this dog and stood up and climbed up to go check it out. I
called out to her and she turned and shyly approached
me. It was the same gorgeous pitbull, turned out to be a
female, with a pink harness strapped on her back, and two tags on
her collar. Yes, she was extremely friendly, came right up to me and
wagged her tail to greet me. I was relieved she was not afraid of
me, as I realized she was lost or abandoned.
Whilst checking her tags, a few commented walking by, that they
had seen her earlier... others just sent a glance our way to
check us out - walking by with their dogs who either grawled, yanked
on their leashes or ignored their owners' calls to go back to them.
The pitbull girl sat down next to me, ignoring all this commotion
with the most calmest disposition which was rather remarkable. I
tried to figure out what to do next, as I knew in that moment that I
will not abandon this girl on the mountain, nor look the other way
as many others have done, as I saw her earlier in the day. I decided
to climb back down and take her along. Just then two young men
crossed our path and offered a string and help to walk her down
along with our three other dogs.
Yes, my dogs were acting out when this sweet girl just
walked down the mountain with us, as if she had known me for a long
time. We encountered many hikers with dogs... most of them being the
mutt you don't want near you, either growling, pulling on the leash
or coming at you in attack mode. Not this girl. She was the most
calmest and sweetest dog on the trail. I was blown away with her
disposition. Wow, I just met Wonderdog. What a beauty, what a
character and great nature she possessed ! I started to think I wish
this was my dog. Contemplating my next steps in this "rescue".. we
approached the rivercrossing, when a young man came jogging down the
trail behind us. It turned out to be the owner, who just left the
peak after the 6 mile hike and the 3000 feet elevation gain to jog
back down in a haste to find his dog. Boy was I happy to see this
guy ! Turned out his dog "Roxy", the sweet, calm, friendly and
amazing beauty of a dog took off up there somewhere... as she
noticed a Boxer mix boy... apparently this stunning boy
distracted sweet Roxy so much that she forgot all about her hike
with her owner and just followed the Boxer dog. And boy was it a
goodlooking one at that... we saw him hike down just as we
celebrated her little "reunion"... with her owner.
Wagging tails, heads on close to sniff each other, Roxy and her
Boxer friend eagerly visited with each other again.
Well the Boxer boyfriend had to go home and out came the treat
bag and waterbowl, which the owner of Roxy held out in front of
her... I was so thrilled that they found each other again and told
him the amazing nature of her's and how she just walked by all
those dogs in a most peaceful manner. Her curious and loving
character stood out, she was the ONLY dog that I noticed with such a
disposition, unleashed at first, while lost, completely indifferent
towards other dogs and friendly to everyone who crossed her path.
It was a very amazing experience. Roxy is one special dog, who
is lucky to go on outings such as these...
with her loving owner, who was just as relieved as I was, that
she was found. What was so cute about this story, is that not one
other dog interested her.. just this gorgeous Boxer dude and we all
got a chuckle out of it... Roxy... go on hiking, but watch out for
those good looking Boxers... A happy ending of a beautiful day, when
I learned again, how very special these dogs are, Pitbulls...
America's Dog... Roxy truly represents what an amazing breed
they are, friendly as can be, tail-wagging at everyone... humans and
dogs.. curious, intelligent and calm...
Now when I go hiking, I will always remember this sweet Pitbull
girl, that made my day very special.
Attached is a picture of Roxy and me, which her owner took
after we got back down the mountain.