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...

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Perhaps this statue at the Bozeman airport gives you some indication of this town's priorities!

1 Perhaps this statue at the Bozeman airport gives you some indication of this town's priorities!

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!

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!

Most of the Bozeman dogs I met were adopted from city shelters and breed rescue groups!

3 Most of the Bozeman dogs I met were adopted from city shelters and breed rescue groups!

They were all super friendly...

4 They were all super friendly...

And played well with humans and canines alike!

5 And played well with humans and canines alike!

We even saw some who were hard at work servicing their humans!

6 We even saw some who were hard at work servicing their humans!

Dogs were everywhere!  Even on favored wines in the stores! The shopkeeper even knew this dog personally!

7 Dogs were everywhere! Even on favored wines in the stores! The shopkeeper even knew this dog personally!

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!

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!

I even met some pooches with eyes of different colors!

9 I even met some pooches with eyes of different colors!

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!)

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!)

This muffin ultimately got to share a real muffin when her human returned!

11 This muffin ultimately got to share a real muffin when her human returned!

And this fluffy scrapper was well known by those eating lunch in the picnic area.

12 And this fluffy scrapper was well known by those eating lunch in the picnic area.

This cutie was just waiting for some human kisses!  And how could I turn a face like that down? SWAK!

13 This cutie was just waiting for some human kisses! And how could I turn a face like that down? SWAK!

Oh boy...this little love has been with her human for 15 years!

14 Oh boy...this little love has been with her human for 15 years!

And this lioness is clearly no stranger to the camera!

15 And this lioness is clearly no stranger to the camera!

This cutie was scoping out potential dance partners at the main street music festival!

16 This cutie was scoping out potential dance partners at the main street music festival!

Betty here was catching some R and R after a hike with dad!

17 Betty here was catching some R and R after a hike with dad!

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.

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.

And there was plenty of room for a serious game of fetch!

19 And there was plenty of room for a serious game of fetch!

And great trees to pee on!

20 And great trees to pee on!

Hydrants too!  It's a virtual dog paradise!

21 Hydrants too! It's a virtual dog paradise!

And there was no shortage of things to sniff!

22 And there was no shortage of things to sniff!

Dogs weren't he only critters we met...

23 Dogs weren't he only critters we met...

We saws cats...oops...

24 We saws cats...oops...

I mean cats! They had safety id tags too- yay!!!

25 I mean cats! They had safety id tags too- yay!!!

Some cats looked just like local wildlife!

26 Some cats looked just like local wildlife!

And there were huge trees for cats, birds and others to enjoy!

27 And there were huge trees for cats, birds and others to enjoy!

Even the local art resembled critters! Here is a button frog!

28 Even the local art resembled critters! Here is a button frog!

...And a giant metal turtle!

29 ...And a giant metal turtle!

We saw nests that were skillfully made by mama and papa birds!

30 We saw nests that were skillfully made by mama and papa birds!

I bet if I looked close enough, I'd have met some cute little buggers living in here...maybe a lizard or a mole?

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?

Wow! We met so many great little souls! It was great to see a town as welcoming to our bff's as Bozeman!

32 Wow! We met so many great little souls! It was great to see a town as welcoming to our bff's as Bozeman!

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!

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!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (7)

  • Hi Dr. Pia,
    You sure had me fooled with that dog statue. I thought it was real and had to do a double take. It is so nice you could vacation where there were many happy faces. Who took care of your kids when you were gone? I am sure they missed you lots. The treats will help ease the pain of your absence. You are a great mom! Stay cool!!!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Dr. Pia!

    Just wanna say "Hi!" and thank you for all the good works you do for animals everywhere...and you take really great pictures, too! All the shots of the clan in Bozeman told their story as well as you have. They all look hopeful, as if they just know somebody is going to take them home and love them. Lots of good-looking dogs, I must say. I also loved the picture of the metal turtle, the button frog and the "CAT"-a-pillar going down the road! Ha! Yes! We gotta keep going and helping where and when ever we can. Glad you're home safe and have made it through the 'interrogation"! Ha! :)

  • What a great trip and place to see dogs, cats and all the critters! the photos are just adorable...I can imagine how happy your fur-babies were when you came home. I'm glad you had a great trip Dr. Pia...now have a great restful weekend. ;)

    ~d

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thank you so much for this delightful blog post about your trip to Bozeman, Montana! Our family was there many years ago, but we didn't walk around the area or meet any of those wonderful animals like you saw. Your photos are fantastic and I would love to hug every one of those babies! It's easy to see why you called it the "Dog Country"! I'd love to go there again, but I would have to take sweet little Dudley Do Right because he can't stand it if I'm gone more than a few hours. He actually gets kind of depressed if I'm away very long and it takes a while to make him happy again. Have a great weekend! Jan

  • What a fabulous metal turtle sculpture!! Hope yur crew let you off the hot seat soon!

  • Thank you for visiting Bozeman, MT! Although Macy and Noodle didn't have the pleasure of meeting you, we are so happy our dog and cat friends were ready to welcome you. Bozeman is really special for humans and animals alike. Please come again!

  • ..photo 13.. the best.. a fellow cattle dog...must get back outdoors and chase Rango the red-belly squirrel!

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