Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Strange Dog With Very Special Message On His Tag Joins Couple On Their Hike.

How Scott Brown’s Hike (And Life) Changed Forever

How Scott Brown’s Hike (And Life) Changed Forever

Scott Brown / Facebook

Scott Brown and his wife, Get Naka, are avid hikers. Brown runs a recovery program, Recovery Beyond Paradigm, which helps drug and alcohol addicts overcome their substance abuse through hiking. Although he regularly deals with many colorful characters, Brown wasn’t prepared for a certain type of companion. He and his group set out one snowy morning, wanting to reach a frozen waterfall, Teneriffe Falls, in Washington state. But their hike soon changed when they encountered a lone, ominous black dog.

Ominous Black Dog Appears On The Trail Ahead

Ominous Black Dog Appears On The Trail Ahead

Scott Brown / Facebook

Not far from the parking lot, the hike's atmosphere quickly changed when Brown encountered a large black dog looming on the path. Since they were close to the town, he thought nothing of it. That is until the dog began to follow them. The group continued down the trail but, strangely enough, the pup never left their side. After about a hundred meters, Brown accepted they had a new member in the group. But there was something odd about this dog.

Cool, Calm, And Collected… Or So He Thought

Cool, Calm, And Collected… Or So He Thought

Scott Brown / Facebook

Along with their newest member, the hiking group continued on the trail. Brown was bemused by the animal, who seemed like an enjoyable and incredibly well-behaved companion. This strange realization got Brown’s head spinning about the dog’s origins. He seemed far too obedient to be a stray animal and also appeared to be incredibly well kept. He wasn’t underfed and seemed to be pleasantly mannered. But when Brown ventured onto some hazardous terrain, the dog changed.

The Four-Footed Hiker Gets Aggressive

The Four-Footed Hiker Gets Aggressive

Scott Brown / Facebook

As the group and their new companion hiked on, something alarming happened. Brown climbed across a patch of dangerous-looking terrain. When he did this, the dog began to bark. “He seemed very protective for someone he just met,” Brown said. But Brown couldn’t work out why such a seemingly well-trained animal was alone. He began to question whether the dog was a stray at all. Perhaps, he fretted, the poor pup was lost.

Was He Lost?

Was He Lost?

Trail Chick

The dog became a true enigma for the hiking party. He seemed to be incredibly content, even stopping on the trail and waiting for everyone to take photos. The hikers could not understand how a stray could be such a happy pup. They began to speculate whether the pooch may just be relieved to find people. They continued with their new four-legged leading the way. And then, danger struck.

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