Saturday, August 23, 2008
Crazy Dog Company Hike
Just finished another annual Collective Intellect company hike. This year we started up at the Moffat Tunnel East Portal. This is really close to Rollins Pass and where the train passes through the continental divide. Was a beautiful day and a wonderful hike. We had been going for about two hours and paused while some of the guys who were camping for the night pitched their tents.
About four of us where standing around talking near one of the lakes when a golden retriever came bounding out of the woods and right up to us. Goldens are normally very congenial dogs as everyone knows but this one dove straight into the backpack of one of the hikers, fished around for a couple of seconds and came out with a peanut butter sandwich vised in it's mouth. I think everyone was frozen in shock except for Paul, who just looked down and deadpanned, "That's my sandwich." I jumped in and tried to pry the sandwich from the dogs mouth when I heard the owner start to yell at her dog repeatedly, "drop it, Drop It, DROP IT!"
The dog finally did drop the sandwich and the woman handed the mangled package back to Paul. Paul asked if he could go ahead and give the dog the sandwich and the owner, completely serious, said, "He doesn't eat people food" I was about ready to die with laughter at this point and told her that her dog certainly new what he was doing and looked like a natural at the people food business. Perhaps it was one of those situations where you just had to be there but we were all in tears laughing. Classic moment of the hike for me. And much better than previous classic moments where we were almost struck by lightening!