Hiking with New Friends

hiking with new friends

Come with us as we hike with some new friends!

Combining hiking with meeting new canine friends makes for a perfect Saturday morning!  Our veterinarians office, Animal Hospital of Waynesville, sponsored a Saturday morning hike for clients at Graveyard Fields.

Graveyard Fields is a valley with the stream Yellowstone Prong flowing through its center, creating water falls both at the upper end of the valley and the lower end (named, creatively enough, Upper Falls and Lower Falls.  With the valley floor still above a 5,000 foot elevation, the air is usually cool and perfect for hiking.  This is an excellent area for early and late season hikes, though we avoid it during the summer tourism season because of the crowds.

Come meet some of our new friends:

smallest hiker

The official smallest hiker (and, yes, those are Frankie ears in the foreground).

biggest hiker

And our biggest hiker!


An official sentry to keep us safe.


And what is he watching so intently?


The younger and bouncier version of himself, of course. (Appropriately named River, by the way).


Yes, we all had fun playing in the water.


We even had somepup who looked a lot like us (complete with the mud on the nose).


But, he did win cute photo of the day!

P.S. – Plans are being drafted for another hike, so we look forward to seeing these friends again – and meeting some new ones on the next hike.


  1. Teddy Westlife on May 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hiking with friends is always more fun!

  2. Ice 'n Ayla on May 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Ayla sez: What a wonderful time you must’ve had. Wish me ‘n Ice could live closer to you, so we could go on some of these hikes, too. We’ve just had our only “free running” field taken away from us. About a five or six minute walk from our house, there is a big “greenbelt” park, where there is a chain-linked ball diamond, and the hu-Dad and “Uncle Kyle” used to take us over to the ball diamond to run, run, run a couple of times a week. It was used by the whole area around where we live, and me ‘n Ice met lots of new friends to run with there. It was also understood that all the humans would clean up after us. Our humans ALWAYS did, and usually picked up after those who didn’t. Well, it finally got to the point where there were a lot of humans abusing the privilege of using the ball diamond, by NOT picking up after us, so the last time the hu-Dad and “Unc” took us over there, we were confronted with signs all over the fence saying “No Dogs Allowed Inside the Fence”. How sad that some people have to spoil things for the rest of us, Human AND Canine! There are some people who love dogs who are now pushing for a proper “Doggy Park” in Dawson Creek, and are working towards it. I sure hope they can find a place where we can run and play soon!

  3. Khyra on May 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

    That is khwite a khool khollekhtion of khanines!

    Your biggest hiking PAWty member was a real looker!

    Thanks fur sharing!


  4. Christy on May 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    This was so much fun. I am so happy you brought your wonderful “Thundering Herd”. For our first time out I thought the weather smiled upon us.
    Thank you also for being the leader of the pack.

  5. houndstooth on May 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

    That is my dream weekend! I’m so happy you got to get out on the trails, and so envious that you had such great company!

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