Think before you leap at Multnomah Falls


We were visiting Multnomah Falls and decided we wanted to hike to the viewpoint.  On the way there, Mr. N spots something moving in the bushes and wants to dive after it. Natural dog behavior right? Well it gets problematic when said bushes are a hundred feet down a steep slope. I could see that he was getting ready to jump so I held onto the leash tight and told him not to even think about it.

This is how high he wants to jump down from.
He always wants to walk on the ledge and look down at things. We passed by a blind dog whose owner said that he likes to walk on the side opposite the ledge so that he knows he is not going to fall. I replied that Mr. N likes to do the opposite because he has no sense of self-preservation. 
We ran into a very brave chipmunk that was nibbling on some Cheetos on the path who didn’t move. Mr. N was three or four feet away and about to pounce. A sharp leave it stopped him in time but it was a near call for that chipmunk. Somehow I do not think it will survive to raise many offspring. 
As we walk by this woman, she says, “don’t bite me, don’t bite me.” Mr. N is walking on a loose leash, a couple of feet away from her. He is not barking, growling, lunging or even looking in the woman’s direction. 
What was up with that? He showed no interest in her at all. And he was clearly on leash and under control.

Poor Mr. N. Getting blamed for mischief he didn’t even do!

Mr. N is not impressed by scenery. He prefers the sight of rodents. 




46 Responses

  1. Diane Holland

    May 27, 2016 7:57 am

    Dang it boy! My N is a brave boy!!! I, myself, am scared of heights so that was rather scary looking! Don't let those folks pic on him either! Poor Mr N!

  2. The Daily Pip

    May 27, 2016 11:16 am

    OMG, that first picture made me dizzy. I'm a bit afraid of heights and would never be able to get so close to edge. Fortunately, I live in the midwest where everything is flat. Tell Mr. N he is very brave, but don't get too close to that ledge. Beautiful pictures!

  3. Dash Kitten

    May 27, 2016 11:00 pm

    Lovely post. The chipmunk made me laugh (I know what you mean about him not lasting long…).

    WaitAMinnit >>> The lady said that PERLEEEEZE?!?!?!?! Mr N is not exactly a massive dog is he?? *eyeroll* Even as none dog people that made us ashamed – Sorry Mr N not all of us are like that silly lady!

    PS LOVE the pictures!!!!!!!

    • Tenacious Little Terrier

      May 30, 2016 6:00 am

      I understand that some people are afraid of dogs and I do my best to accommodate that if they tell me about it but there was really nothing more I could do in that situation. Plus Mr. N is as un-scary looking as you can get for a dog IMO.

  4. Christine Caplan

    May 28, 2016 3:13 am

    First I love your pics at Multnomah Falls – so fun you took N there for a hike. That ledge looks scary – and what a silly chipmunk for eating Cheetos. Mr. N does such a great job with his commands and I know he's in total control as you're training is rock solid!

  5. AliR

    May 30, 2016 12:13 am

    Those falls look beautiful! What a great place to hike. I'll bet Mr. N loved it!

    Loved your observation of the chipmunk 😉

  6. Robin Mudge

    May 30, 2016 5:51 am

    What a beautiful place to visit! Mr. N is a lucky pup to get to see such places. 🙂 I'm glad he didn't jump off a cliff to chase something. It is a good thing that he has such an attentive mom. As for the woman with the biting comment – she is the one with the problem. Apparently she has had bad luck with dogs. Mr. N is not exactly vicious looking. LOL
    -Purrs from your friends at

  7. Daily Dog Tag

    May 31, 2016 1:50 am

    It looks like a lovely hike, but I admit, it makes my hands sweat a little to see Mr. N on the ledge. I always think I don't have a fear of heights, but I obviously do.

  8. FiveSibesMom

    May 31, 2016 1:52 am

    What a beautiful place! I love the photo of Mr. N "perched!" That chipmunk was very lucky I wasn't on that trail with my Huskies! (Rot-ohh!) And what's up with that lady? Sheesh. Poor Mr. N being all good and innocent and getting a bum rap!


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