Two years ago, we decided to get a dog. I have had dogs my entire adult life, but Maple’s predecessor had died from cancer. We had to mourn, but when the time came, we decided to do a rescue. We visited our local dog shelter and found a lab cross that seemed like a good match.
Our best guess for Maple’s heritage would be a Rhodesian ridgeback crossed with a lab. So we got super high energy, cat like agility, bravery to the point of stupidity and a refusal to be dominated. A little challenging, but fiercely loyal.
Part of our lifestyle since we have been together, well mine prior to the relationship, has been hiking. I don’t mean a stroll down the city block either. I mean, in a remote location where you will not see other people often and perhaps could even kill you if you make mistakes. You don’t generally see moose like this one in the picture that stuck its tongue out for our camera, while strolling to the corner store. Well, maybe if the store is in Ignace, Ontario?
We took Maple for her first really remote trip in the spring of 2011. We went up to the Temagami area in northern Ontario. We found a remote area, off the beaten track in Kenny Forest. It was spring, but there was tons of snow up there anyway.
We hiked in with basic survival gear. We built a fire in the wilderness where there was not any human made structures anywhere to be seen. You can build a fire with just what you gather. You don’t have to use accelerants like lighter fluid, or gas.
Build a fire we did! Not one artificial thing in this fire except the 1 match I used.
We taught Maple that fire is warm. She also greatly enjoyed the beef stew we cooked on the fire. Maple wandered off and came back at frantic high speed after seeing something in the woods that terrified her. She was so scared her teeth were chattering. She never left the fire again!
So we will continue to explore Ontario one trail at a time. We have learned that roads that look like this, often lead to the most wonderful places!