Ascent of Dog

The loose associative flow gives a dog’s
eye view of human endeavors: exploring, bagging peak, hauling mail, making movies…

From Tschingel, who climbed Mont Blanc in 1875 and was made an honorary member (non-voting) of the Alpine Club, to the highly trained Parks Canada rescue dogs Ginger and Smokey, the careers of dogs in the mountains are lovingly reviewed …

This is a book for dipping into …

Book Review by Barbara Belyea editor of the Columbia Journals, David Thompson’s Travels in the Rocky Mountains.

The Things We Can Learn From A Dog

  • Never pass up an opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone else is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • Be loyal.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag you entire body.
  • No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout, run right back and make friends.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Norman Bressack D.D.S.