My Dog’s Yelp Review: Our Trip on Mt. Hood
Bruiser: 12 year old doxie, nickname Bruisy or “the warrior”
Walter: 3 year old doxie, nickname Walty or “monster”
Shermie: 8 year old beagle/basset hound or a.k.a. “crazy mixed breed”
“Highs but more lows” —
Well, we stayed five nights and I wish Mom read the previous Yelp posts a lot more carefully. The bottom floor of the cabin consisted of carpet and a very slippery tile floor in the kitchen. We all know that Walter, my brother, has texture issues. It took the entire vacation before he was able to walk across the kitchen floor without sheets on the ground! We celebrated on day five with meat balls.
Crazy neighbors next door freaked everyone out. The giant white German Shepard and unstable Lab clearly didn’t appreciate the rental situation they lived next too – as they stared at us intensely every time we left to get back into the car for day trips, we thought we were lucky to get a quick potty in before becoming their next meal. I’m pretty brave but come ON.
Mom and dad really messed up the fire place the first night. Note for the next renters – make sure you read all the directions and don’t assume the flue is open. And make sure to check the fire alarm is working since Mom had to jam a hammer into the alarm to shut it off! We stood outside in the cold while smoke poured out the door for over an hour…
To top it off we went to that place again where they filmed the Shining. Their St. Bernard is scary enough so can we skip that trip next time? Mom never listens. She says it’s her favorite hike and place on the mountain – I think she’s afraid that because I’m 12, it’ll be my last trip there or something… I may be nicknamed the warrior but really?
Really? I couldn’t walk from the main room to the kitchen the entire week. Was this punishment for chewing on the blankets? Was this some new training technique? Lock us all in a cabin and feed me treats for walking across the floor that is slippery and clearly dangerous? I thought I would almost certainly break a leg. It’s not my fault I wasn’t exposed to new surfaces as a puppy – give me a break.
That part of the trip was awful but hiking every day made it the best week ever.
I also loved spending time with the entire family – even… I mean especially, Bruiser.
“Five out of five stars”
Bruiser is right about the St. Bernard, all I wanted to do was get as far away from him as possible. WHY do we have to park near that lodge every time we go on that hike – that hike IS awesome and I love running as fast as I can down the steep, narrow path as I’m the only one allowed off leash.
Something kicks in when I’m on that Pacific Crest trail. Perhaps my inner wolf comes out…
OK, the smells! The cabin smelled like an entire pack of Chihuahua’s had been eating spicy sausages. The tiny hot dogs used in those Super Bowl crockpot recipes. I loved it.
Walter is crazy, I’m not sure what the deal was with the kitchen floor and he missed out on a lot of crumbs.
Hackles are up just thinking about the White Shepard next door. Dog had some issues clearly. Definitely consider this before you make a reservation. Perhaps staying in the super-hot months is a better alternative since they may be inside more… that was intense.
What the doxies didn’t mention? The deck out back was great for sun bathing. There were some tiny biting flies that made outside time unpleasant for Walter but I loved the deck. The deck is a selling point. Five out of five stars.