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I can’t help bumping into them — trail dogs and their keepers.

Here;s Sam and her dog, Saki.Sam and her dog, Saki 6-17-16



Today was just another one of those DOG days.

So here is Muriel and her rescue Doberman, Jager on the South Boundary Trail. Muriel and Jager on South Boundary 7-14-16


Muriel is just my latest trail-dog-walker acquaintance.

She’s been struggling to stay in Taos working two jobs rather than return to her home state of Minnesota.  If you’ve ever spent a bit of winter up there you’ll understand why.  Golly, I recall how I frosted my cheeks just going from a taxi to the door of a restaurant at eleven-below with a humidity near ninety.

And there are lots of others I’ve met recently including James and his neat pup, Uma, down below.

(Sorry James.  This photographer needs some training to do better justice to you and Uma.  Maybe I can get a better shot when we meet again.  Still, I wanted to let folks know about how often we meet on the South Boundary or Divisidero trails.)

My wife, daughter and I first met Uma and James in the snow on the cold side of the Divisadero Loop Trail last spring.  Uma got so interested in folks on the trail that she mistook the direction. Poor James was frantically trying to find her. The story ends well. Another hiker found Uma and called James’ phone number on Uma’s dog tag.  Great bit of information to have on your dog’s tag.

James and Uma 6-17-16


And golly, not to forget Margaret and her big gal, Dotty, on the Santa Barbara Trail.

Margaret w:Dotty Santa Barbara 6-15-16


Jackie had difficulty talking Luke into posing for this shot.  But what the heck.  He loved the treat and we had a good time anyway.

Jackie Feeding Her Dog Named Luke So Boundary 6-11-16


Here’s Scott with his poochs, Loki and DD (Honest, that’s her name. I didn’t change a thing.)  They’re on a trail that we named “Tessa’s Loop,” in memory of our dear departed Tessa.


And now since we still haven’t found a replacement for our dear loss, Tessa, we’ve been hiking with Gwen and John and their beautiful poodles.

Here I am on the right with John, and Gwen holding Bodhi and Bella at the trailhead in Amole Canyon. IMG_2920 - Version 4


If I’d only known how much fun it would be, I’d have been stopping dogs and their guardians to chat and photograph long ago.  Such great people.  And it ain’t like there’s only a few of us.  Trails are our town’s dog-walking yard.  And that yard is almost as big as the state of New Mexico itself!




Justus cooling on Amole Trail 7-3-16

Then I just could not resist adding the photo of my oldest friend who just left for home after a week’s visit and a lot of hiking.

If he’d had his dog, Daffy, with him, you know he’d have had her on the trail with us.

You got to admit, this is a dog-lover!

Justus and his dog, Daphodil


And Daphodil a master-lover?

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  1. Dana Sigmon
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    Bill, I have been reading your footnotes since waking this morning. I admit, once I became aware of your losing Tessa, to have purposefully sought out every story relating to your sweet, loyal, loving companion with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart.
    I grieve for you and Joy, knowing the intermingling of happy memories and depth of sorrow that comes with having loved her so much.
    When we think of you, we will always think of a family of three; Bill, Joy, and Tessa.
    Love to all,

    • BackpackerBill
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      Dana, how good to hear from you! Thanks so much for your kind thoughts.

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