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A Love Letter to Hiker-dog for Valentine’s Day

Recently, I was out of town for a family visit while Hiker-dog spent four days at the R&R Ranch north of Alma. She’s always happy to go there, and they take good care of her, but I enjoy seeing her excitement when I return. Even four days apart feels like a long time, and I miss my little friend.

Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Hiker-dog, hiking in the Ozarks

Hiker-dog on the Ozark Trail in Missouri

Every step on the trail is a celebration for Hiker-dog. She may not remember her condition when we first crossed paths, but she now loves everything about her strength and health.

We share a mutual love for walking the trails, as well as a mutual sense of gratefulness. I’m thankful that doctors discovered and corrected a heart defect when I was 16 so that I can travel trails today. We’re thankful that Hiker-dog recovered from her starving and sick condition when we met in January 2014.

Sometimes she takes a run through the Ozarks woods, and she returns with such delight in her eyes as if to say, “Everything is amazing!”

Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Hiker-dog, hiking in the Ozarks

Hiker-dog doesn’t know about Valentine’s Day. I doubt that she fully understands how much I enjoy her company on the trail; however, if she could, she’d probably say a big “thank you” for the time we have together.

From homeless to “cover girl” of Five Star Trails: The Ozarks

Jim Warnock
ozarkmountainhiker@gmail.com
2 Comments
  • Hiker Dog has the perfect name and perfect life and perfect owner for her. You two have perfect fun together. Thanks for sharing your love for Hiker Dog.

    February 15, 2017 at 6:21 am
  • Dana McMahen
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    Happy Valentine’s Day, Hiker-Dog!!!

    February 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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