Animals can’t communicate with us through words, so it’s pretty easy to misinterpret even their basic needs. For example, a dog’s whine might mean that he has to go outside, or that he’s just craving a bite of your dinner! Circumstances you think are dire could be something else entirely.
That’s what happened to one guy when he spotted a dog wandering around a gas station. The pooch looked horribly lost, and the man grew concerned. But when he finally got close enough in an effort to help, the dog showed him something that proved things were not all that they seemed…
When Tyler Wilson spotted a lost dog at a gas station near his home in Kentucky, he was, understandably, concerned. This was a highly trafficked area and no place for a pooch. The dog was clearly on his own, too. Was he hurt? Lost?
Tyler actually first saw the dog, who appeared to be a yellow Labrador, wandering around town a few days earlier and he was really curious about his situation. Why on Earth was this pooch roaming around town, and did he need help?
Deciding that something had to be done to bring this lost dog to safety, Tyler snapped a couple of photographs on the sly. He was worried that the animal would be skittish and shy in his presence, so he kept his distance.
Tyler decided he should try to make physical contact with the Labrador so he could get him to a safe place. Still, he was relieved to have the photos as a backup, just in case the dog suddenly ran off. But that didn’t seem to be the case.
At that moment, the dog did something unexpected that simply stunned Tyler: he trotted right over to him, tail wagging and ready for belly rubs! If this dog was lost, he clearly didn’t mind. Why did he act like he didn’t have a care in the world?
That was when Tyler spotted a tag on the dog’s collar. He decided to take a look; perhaps he’d find a phone number or the address of the dog’s owner. But what he saw instead changed everything…
Rather than an address, the tag had a simple message—and it was unlike anything Tyler had seen before. It read: “My name is Dew. I am not lost. I like to roam. Tell me to go home.” Clearly, it wasn’t the first time this dog had taken to the streets!
Tyler couldn’t help but smile, and he warmly introduced himself to Dew. After a few moments of bonding, they parted ways. Tyler, intrigued by Dew’s story, did a little research once he got home…
It turned out that Dew was something of a celebrity in Tyler’s tiny Kentucky town—and he had his own social media presence to prove it! As his name tag implied, this was a dog who loved to roam and make new friends.
At the end of the day, however, there was just one place he called home. When Tyler clicked through the photos on Dew’s Facebook page, he saw what a charmed life the dog led…
Dew actually lived with his adoring family on a sprawling 70-acre farm in the area. When he was just a puppy, he demonstrated a passion for escaping from his home and going on epic adventures.
At first, his family was worried, but soon they discovered that it was just his curious nature! They let Dew roam as much as he wanted to; at the end of the day, he always came back home. His mom, Mandy, always knew she’d see him soon!
Dew gathered such a following over time that he actually had his very own Facebook page where his fans could follow him on all of his adventures! He became somewhat of a local celebrity for all the people he’d met.
It wasn’t just humans that Dew loved hanging out with, either. He couldn’t get enough of other pups! Dew loved spending time with his sister, Lily, a black Labrador who preferred to hold down the fort back on their farm.
Still, even a dog as energetic and curious as Dew needed to take a break from time to time. He wasn’t picky about where he rested his weary head. Dew especially loved to cuddle up on the couch and sleep.
But Dew was willing to eschew creature comforts in a pinch, too. He made sure to take advantage of this drying umbrella and catch an adorable cat nap. (Or should we say “dognap?”)
There was no other dog out there who loved adventure quite the way Dew did. Everywhere he went, he practically radiated happiness and joy. He simply loved being outdoors!
But for as much as Dew loved to spend time outside, he loved the company of people—especially his humans—even more. Mandy, her husband, and her son all cherished their roaming pooch in kind!
For Dew, every day held some new adventure or excitement. Even when he was dreaming, you could tell that this dog was probably scheming about his next trip out on the town…
From the cat to the kids, Dew was always content to cuddle up with his own tribe and rest up for the next great outing. He might’ve led an unconventional life, but it suited this unconventional dog just fine!
As it turns out, Dew isn’t the only pup that likes to roam around. While there are a number of elements that can make a hike memorable, one Washington dog had a way of making hikers’ experience truly one-of-a-kind.
When 40-year-old Scott Brown moved to Seattle with his wife back in 2012, it didn’t take long for the outdoors lover to involve himself in the local non-profit, “Recovery beyond Paradigm.”
Scott Brown / Facebook
With the organization, Scott, an avid hiker, connected those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions to nature, taking them on hikes to help with their recovery processes.
Scott Brown / Facebook
In April 2018, he, his wife Get Naka, and a small group of recovering men and women, prepared for a hike into Teneriffe Falls near North Bend, Washington. They hadn’t even left the parking lot when Scott spotted something.
Scott Brown / Facebook
At the entrance of the snow-covered trailhead, a curious dog watched the hikers preparing for their expedition. Scott figured he belonged to residents of one of the houses across the street.
The dog looked friendly enough and content. Most importantly, he did look familiar with his surroundings — not lost. Scott pointed the dog out to his wife. “I made a joke… that it was a bear,” he said.
When the hikers finally embarked on the 7-mile long hike, however, the dog joined the pack of humans. Did he have a milk bone addiction he was trying to shake and thought the support of others in recovery would help?
Scott and his crew navigated a few hundred yards down the trail, and the dog kept up with them every step of the way. Scott laughed. “Well,” he said, “I guess he’s coming with us.”
The dog proved a perfect hiking companion. When Scott, his wife, or any of their fellow hikers paused for a picture, the dog stopped and waited. When the group started moving again, the dog followed.
In fact, hiking the trail came so naturally to the pooch, he eventually took the lead! “He took the lead anywhere from a couple feet to way out in front, out of sight,” Scott said of the pooch.
Eventually, the hiking party reached the waterfall, where Scott took photos not of the serene landscape, but of the new friend he made along the trail. Still, he had a handful of questions.
Like, who was this dog and where had he come from? Why was he acting like the lost member of a sled dog team? How was he so supremely confident on the snowy trails? To better understand their hiking partner, Scott’s friend checked the dog’s tags for a name…
The dog wore blue tags that featured heavily chipped-away writing on each side, and Scott’s friend read his name was Smokey — like the old bear that warned us of forest fires — and learned a few other details about this mysterious dog.
See, the front of his tags said, “Hi, I’m Smokey. I live nearby so please don’t take me. I like to follow hikers sometimes.” Then, the friend flipped the tag over and read the back!
“Don’t worry,” the name tag read, “I’ll go home when I get tired. My people love me a lot. Thanks for being nice!” Dying with laughter, Scott’s friend relayed the messages to Scott.
Scott didn’t believe him…until he checked the tags for himself! “And, sure enough,” he said, “coolest thing ever.” It seemed this wasn’t the first time Smokey tagged along for a hike! You have to wonder, though…
What happened in the dog’s past that the owners went out and bought those tags for him? Scott thought about this as the dog led him and the hikers back up the trailhead.
On the way back, Smokey proved just as good. He only barked once, when Scott made a semi-dangerous climb along a half-frozen embankment. “He seemed very protective for someone he just met,” Scott said.
Smokey walked with the hikers all the way back to the parking lot and sat in the cold with his new friends until they were changed out of their hiking gear and ready to hit the road. And then?
Smokey “calmly walked across the road and back into the neighborhood,” Scott said, “At the corner, he gave out a quick bark at us then continued on back home, I assume.” How cool!
If someone told Scott the dog was actually an ancient spirit sent to protect him, he might’ve believed it. Smokey proved to be an incredible — if not mysterious — dog and he made the hike one to remember!