Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge in Tennessee

City Dog Goes on a Hike in the Tennessee Mountains

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Hey, folks. Ella the pup here. It’s been awhile, but I’ve been pretty busy evicting squirrels from my attic and project managing our extensive house renovations—hey, somebody’s got to be the responsible adult around here; might as well be me—so I haven’t exactly had an excess of free time in which to post. Forgive me. It doesn’t mean I don’t still love you.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

And if you don’t believe me that Squirrel Team 6 is every bit as dangerous as I say, just watch. I was so ready to tear that intruder to shreds.
I mean, is this the face of a killer or what? Woodland creatures, back off.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge in Tennessee

Still, you’ll be glad to know that I’m alive and thriving and basically slaying life, along with squirrels (you’ll also be glad to hear that particular one lived…this time).

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

If you’re a frequent visitor to my blog—sorry, Mom; I know the good people are really here in hopes I’ll make a cameo—you probably remember my pal Max. He’s the second cutest dog in the world, after moi, of course.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee
Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee

He stayed with us twice this summer while his humans were in New Orleans and England, and I’ve humbly invited him into my  home three more times in recent months, so he might as well be my new roommate.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

I mean, I like being only dog, but if I have to share my sticks with someone, Max is who I would pick. I guess.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee
Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee

And yes, young Padawan, he’s been mistaken for Yoda on more than one occasion. The force is strong with that one.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

Last weekend, Max’s humans dropped him off at my house for the weekend while they headed to Mom’s former stomping grounds, Sewanee. Mom and Dad were pretty busy getting the exterior of the house all tied up before our home inspection this week, so Max and I swept the perimeter for them. You know, as we do.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee
Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee

On Sunday, we packed up the car and drove up the mountain, too; us members of the nation within were rudely confined to the car while the humans ate a feast, but it was worth the wait as the parental units then decided to reward me with a little hike. And guys, there’s nothing I like more than a little hike (well, OK, rawhide sticks and stuffed monkeys, but I figure that goes without saying).

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

They tell me Tennessee’s been having a balmy winter—I wouldn’t know anything about that as I’m always sweating in this constricting fur coat—and it was the perfect afternoon to be outdoors. Then again, any afternoon is perfect for being outdoors if you ask me (and you did).

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee
Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek

We drove out to Natural Bridge, which is an easy saunter down into a gorge that even the least skilled human could tackle. For a superb athlete like myself, it was a piece of cake.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee
Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge Trek in Tennessee

Dad says I’m a billy goat. I find that offensive; they’re stupid and they smell. Beyond the white veneer, we don’t have a lot in common. And when I say “not a lot,” clearly I mean nothing.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge in Tennessee

I think Dad’s actually the one who’s a goat. (Yeah, how does it feel, Dad? Huh?)

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge in Tennessee

I came home with a muddy mug, which brought back out that lingering skunk smell from when that little sucker sprayed me last month, but it was totally worth it.

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge in Tennessee

Being outdoors is just the best ever, wouldn’t you agree?

Hiking with Dogs: Sewanee's Natural Bridge in Tennessee

Hope you have a pawsome Christmas.

Pup out,

Ella
COMMENTS
  • December 19, 2015

    Once again, such cute dog pictures! 🙂 Ella is gorgeous!

    • January 1, 2016

      I mean, I’m probably biased but I agree with you there 😉

  • December 20, 2015

    Dear Ella, while my mom and dad are up in the North of Sardinia, I am staying with aunt Claudia. She loves being woken up at 7 am on Sundays by the noise I make while I chew and kick on the bathroom rugs. It scares the living life out of her and that is how I know she’ll have a jump start to the day. You should try doing the same!

  • December 20, 2015

    Oh my goodness! Cute pup alert! What a fun post! And that brave squirrel! He was really asking for it!

  • December 26, 2015

    Such an adoroable dog. Your pictures are amazing. Great read. Thanks for sharing ELLA!!

  • December 26, 2015

    What a beauty. I love dogs and they really gives you company most of the time. Isn’t it hard travelling with a dog though? There are places that won’t allow you to have them especially in most hotels.

  • January 21, 2016
    Kim

    There’s so many GREAT photos here, but the one where your pup seems to be smiling just slays me!

    • January 22, 2016

      Ella is too busy watching the snowflakes fall so I am answering on her behalf to say thank you 😉

      And yes, she’s always smiling when outdoors (and always an emo teenager when inside!).

  • January 18, 2017

    so cute, i love animal. especially dog. thank you for sharing

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