Two years ago, we decided to get a dog. I have had dogs my entire adult life, but Maple’s predecessor had died from cancer. We had to mourn, but when the time came, we decided to do a rescue. We visited our local dog shelter and found a lab cross that seemed like a good match.

Our best guess for Maple’s heritage would be a Rhodesian ridgeback crossed with a lab. So we got super high energy, cat like agility, bravery to the point of stupidity and a refusal to be dominated. A little challenging, but fiercely loyal.

Part of our lifestyle since we have been together, well mine prior to the relationship, has been hiking. I don’t mean a stroll down the city block either. I mean, in a remote location where you will not see other people often and perhaps could even kill you if you make mistakes…

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