July 28th, 2011
Bozeman, Mt..."Dog's Country"
Posted by Pia
I just returned from what I like to call "Dog's Country." Bozeman Montana is a dog's town for sure! Each day I saw no less than 10 dogs and all were happily accompanying their humans on errands, hikes, to restaurants, on runs and more...
1 Perhaps this statue at the Bozeman airport gives you some indication of this town's priorities!
2 Seems that de-boarding a plane with one carry on stick like this is the way to go...fits in the overhead and no fees!
3 Most of the Bozeman dogs I met were adopted from city shelters and breed rescue groups!
4 They were all super friendly...
5 And played well with humans and canines alike!
6 We even saw some who were hard at work servicing their humans!
7 Dogs were everywhere! Even on favored wines in the stores! The shopkeeper even knew this dog personally!
8 I was thrilled to see that the vast majority of them had id tags on them- a safety precaution that I believe should be on every dog regardless of how obedient a pooch may be!
9 I even met some pooches with eyes of different colors!
10 Each day I met many pooches at the nearby food
co-op, where they patiently waited for mom or dad to fetch them some healthy treats!
(Note the tag! Yay!)
11 This muffin ultimately got to share a real muffin when her human returned!
12 And this fluffy scrapper was well known by those eating lunch in the picnic area.
13 This cutie was just waiting for some human kisses! And how could I turn a face like that down? SWAK!
14 Oh boy...this little love has been with her human for 15 years!
15 And this lioness is clearly no stranger to the camera!
16 This cutie was scoping out potential dance partners at the main street music festival!
17 Betty here was catching some R and R after a hike with dad!
18 The town dog park was lush and peaceful. It was obvious many of the dogs knew each other well and enjoyed their daily visits with one another.
19 And there was plenty of room for a serious game of fetch!
20 And great trees to pee on!
21 Hydrants too! It's a virtual dog paradise!
22 And there was no shortage of things to sniff!
23 Dogs weren't he only critters we met...
24 We saws cats...oops...
25 I mean cats! They had safety id tags too- yay!!!
26 Some cats looked just like local wildlife!
27 And there were huge trees for cats, birds and others to enjoy!
28 Even the local art resembled critters! Here is a button frog!
29 ...And a giant metal turtle!
30 We saw nests that were skillfully made by mama and papa birds!
31 I bet if I looked close enough, I'd have met some cute little buggers living in here...maybe a lizard or a mole?
32 Wow! We met so many great little souls! It was great to see a town as welcoming to our bff's as Bozeman!
33 What a great host committee for this town. They made visitors feel right at home and helped those of us who were homesick for our own fur babies!
What a great summer trip! Although my own crew has been cross examining me since I arrived home. The variety of dog, cat and other critter scents on my shoes, luggage and everything I packed has resulted in quite the inquisition!
My canine and feline crew has kept me stationed on a rickety old metal chair under a hot swinging light bulb as they fire questions at me....I've had a lot of explaining to do since arriving home.
I did bring them souvenir treats though...you'd think that would count for something!
Dr. Pia Salk
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