Thirsty Poodle

Thirsty Poodle | East Wenatchee, WA | February 2020

At the River #3 | We’ve trained the dog in basic commands — sit, stay, heel, come — which he fully obeys when he sees the need. I mean, why sit like a schlump when it’s clear that squirrel needs chasing? In return, he’s trained us in various life skills: There’s lots to learn with your nose to the ground; a wild goose chase can be joyous; drink deeply when you can, especially from the Great River of the West. Apparently Canadian snowmelt with a hint of spawning salmon is immensely refreshing.

[In photo: Our poodle pauses from his daily rounds to lap from the Columbia River.]