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.