Walking’s not an Option

23 Jul

Bongo looking at the viewLately I’ve been wanting to go on a different trail – it’s a little longer than the way we usually go on my trails.

But my person always says she’s too busy, or it’s too hot, or she comes up with any number of excuses.

Today it was cloudy and cooler, and my person didn’t have bunches of stuff to do, so we got to go on that trail.

We were having a great time – until I heard it.


Over there – and that way too!

We were surrounded!

Person, why did you want to go on this trail? We could have been almost home by now.

There was only one direction to go – and my person wouldn’t let me go that way.

Okay, fine. Then we’re not going at all.

Bongo holding his ground

Bongo refusing to move

It became a game of tug of war.

Until my collar came off.

Then my person did something really strange.

She walked to the end of my her leash, sat on the ground, and started taking pictures of me.

Bongo reluctantly walking

I like the sound her camera makes. Eventually I walked to where she sat.

Bongo Profile

Then she moved back to the end of her leash, and made me walk to her again.

Bongo looking at red rocks

Bongo walking toward the camera

Then she did it all over again.

Bongo with a century plant in the foreground and red rocks in the background

Bongo walking, Thunder Mountain behind him

My person thinks I’m afraid of this thunder, but I’ve been thinking. Sometimes I complain too much when she stops all the time to take pictures. I think I’ll be nice to her today and let her take all the pictures she wants.

Coffee Pot Rock

Thunder Mountain

Century Plant and Mogollon Rim

Mogollon Rim

Sedona red rocks behind trees

Sedona red rocks behind trees

And just to prove I was doing it to be nice to her, when we got past the part with all the best scenery, I started walking with her again.


Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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27 responses to “Walking’s not an Option

  1. marina kanavaki

    July 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Awwwwww, Bongo, what a sweet doggy you are!!!! I bet your person got lots of slobbery kisses, didn’t she? She deserved it for taking such beautiful pictures of you and your surroundings.

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Marina. I didn’t give my person any kisses though, ’cause I don’t give kisses when it’s thundering. But I got real close to her.

  2. Will and Eko

    July 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Would not want to be caught on the trails in a storm. You make a pretty picture, but you in a storm would not! Glad you guys made it out.

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Will and Eko, we got lucky this time and the storm didn’t get close to us. There’s been a few times the rain has soaked us, but we were usually not far from home.

  3. Two French Bulldogs

    July 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    We would love to hike on your beautiful trail but would have also run and screamed if we heard thunder
    Benny & Lily

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Benny & Lily, you’ll have to come hiking with me in the fall. There’s no thunder and the weather is perfect.

  4. angelswhisper2011

    July 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Oh my.. your pictures are so cute, I can look for hours at them. You’re such a good dog, Bongo!
    Of course the other pics are very beautiful too. We love the environment 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Little Binky. Too bad you can’t come pose in the pictures with me because tomorrow I’m showing some pictures of a cat who tried to take my person over when I wasn’t looking. I know you wouldn’t do that.

  5. FleaByte

    July 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Bongo, you live in such pretty country.

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks FleaByte. That’s why I love my trails – oh yeah, and all the good smells on them too.

  6. dianeskitchentable

    July 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Ooooh Bongo, I was just having a nice dinner of kibble with chunks of chicken on top & then the thunder snuck up on me. My dinner kind of came flying out & hit the wall but I just had to take cover under the desk. Diane says I’m really adding to the humidity.

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Lola, thunder is so horrible, isn’t it? How rude of it to interrupt your dinner. My person left me today and there were some distant rumblies – so I tried to ignore them by keeping busy cleaning out my younger person’s room. I moved a bunch of his stuff into the hallway. I hope he likes how I rearranged his room.

  7. Genevieve Petrillo

    July 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Thunder! Again!? Poor B. You are braver than you think. Staying by your person is always the best plan.

    Love and licks,

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Cupcake, we get thunder almost every day here in July and August. It’s my worst time of the year.

  8. To Shea

    July 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Your person take wonderful pictures!!! You should let her take more of them… 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Alex, Trish, and Penny. I usually don’t like it when my person stops and takes too many pictures – but every once in awhile I guess I can be nice to her.

  9. Dalton

    July 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

    You are so lovely!

    • Bongo

      July 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Dalton. I do my best – even when I’m balking at the thunder.

  10. eripanwkevin

    July 24, 2013 at 6:55 am

    These pictures are awesome!!!! We can still see Century Plant in one of them! Thank you very much for letting your person taking all the pictures she wants Bongo!!! 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Kevin. The century plants are done blooming, but many of them still have their seed pods. I guess I’ll have to be good to my person more often and let her take pictures. Today we played trail guide though because we found some lost hikers.

  11. mollieandalfie

    July 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I hate thunder but your Mommy detracted you and got all those wonderful photo’s, youz so brave xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Bongo

      July 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Mollie and Alfie. I guess I am pretty brave to be way out on my trails while thunder is going on.

  12. philosophermouseofthehedge

    July 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    People are so slow to catch on sometimes. You are such a thoughtful dog
    (hope the thunder crawls off and hides a while – you’ve had enough!)

  13. kolytyi

    July 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Oh, Bongo, you are a fantastic guy! I hope your person grasps that you are the best possible photographic subject! I think this was an illuminating lesson for her!

    • Bongo

      July 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Kolytyi, I think I learned something. Next time my person tries to drag me away from a good smell I’m going to hold my ground. She can get out her camera and take pictures. I wonder if they have cameras that record smells. That would be awesome!

  14. colliesofthemeadow

    August 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    way to train the human Bongo! I love it!
    You are a genius!

    • Bongo

      August 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Ginger, I love it when I’m in control of the walk.


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