You never know who you might run into when you’re out hiking – deer, elk, or other wildlife. But if you’re lucky enough like this group, you might just run into a friendly black dog named Smokey, who loves accompanying random hikers along the trails near Seattle, Washington.
Seattle resident Scott Brown and his group first encountered Smokey at the trailhead in North Bend to Teneriffe Falls. Smokey patiently waited in the parking lot for the group to get their things and tagged along with them as they began their trail. He seemed to wander about ahead of the group and seemed to know the trail pretty well.
At first, the group thought Smokey might be a lost dog and needed to be rescued. But since he looked well-fed and taken care of, they chose to enjoy his company a little longer. Eventually, curiosity got the better of Scott, and he decided to approach Smokey and check out his tag.
The friendly pooch didn’t object to Scott coming over and petting him. When Scott saw Smokey’s tag, he loved it so much, he took pictures of it and put it online. The pictures went viral and Smokey is somewhat of a legend now among hikers.
The front side of the tag read: Hi, I’m Smokey. I live nearby so please don’t take me. I like to follow hikers sometimes.
And the back of the tag read: Don’t worry, I’ll go home when I get tired. My people love me a lot. Thanks for being nice!
Smokey accompanied the hikers back to the parking lot and waited for them to pack their things. He then went on his merry way back into the neighborhood, giving them a goodbye bark as he left. This dog is surely living life to the hilt!
Click the video to watch Smokey leading the hikers on their trek.
Dog Shamelessly Interrupts Soccer Match To Demand Pets From The Players
Usually, hand contact is against the rules for most players during an active soccer match — but one gracious pup recently thought of a way to put those perfectly good petting implements to some very fine use.
And his adorable plan paid off.
In the final minutes of Sunday’s match between the soccer teams Unión De Santa Fe and Gimnasia in Argentina, this friendly dog named Roberto decided to make his move.
Smack-dab in the middle of play, the dog shamelessly strolled onto the pitch. After stopping a moment to enjoy a quick roll on the grass, Roberto soon found himself surrounded by players — who seemed more than happy to shower the furry invader with warmth and affection.
Here’s video of that sweet moment:
It wasn’t long before Roberto was escorted back off the field — but judging from the dog’s content expression, the interruption had been more than worth it.
The crowd, meanwhile, seemed to approve.
Roberto’s home team, Unión De Santa Fe, who had been leading 1-0 when he dropped by, went on to cinch the win — leading the opposing team’s manager to humorously speculate that “they trained him at halftime and they put him in the second [half].”
While the theory hasn’t been confirmed, one thing is certain — Roberto has it made.
“He is a good dog and people love him,” a spokesperson for Unión De Santa Fe told The Dodo. “He’s our team’s dog. The members of the club attend to him as if it were their own.”
And sometimes, visiting teams get to join in, too.