Strathcona Wilderness Institute

“The Dangers of the Forest” : a small tale

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One of the participants on Saturday’s ‘dog-friendly’ hike to Lake Helen Mackenzie sent the following story, written for his nephew.

The Dangers of the Forest

Once upon a time there was a dog that used to love spending time in the mountains.
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Today, he is going to Strathcona Park with a group of friends.

We need to pay attention to cougars. There have been sightings of cougars in this area.

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Look here are the park’s recommendations.

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Look at this twisting tree. Who has done that to him? Maybe the cougar…

After a while a friend asked: Look at this all water, what is this doing here?
It is only the winter snow when it melts, replied the dog.

After a while a friend asked: Look at this all water, what is this doing here? It is only the winter snow when it melts, replied the dog. Can we go swimming? Let me check it first. Oh, yeah! It is safe. After the refreshing bath, they continue their journey.
Can we go swimming? Let me check it first. Oh, yeah! It is safe.

After the refreshing bath, they continue their journey.

Look at that, there is a frozen big horse head in the bushes? Who has done that? Maybe the cougar…
Look at that, there is a frozen big horse head in the bushes? Who has done that? Maybe the cougar…

Look at this, there is a frozen dancer without the upper part of her body! Who has done that? Maybe the cougar…
Look at this, there is a frozen dancer without the upper part of her body! Who has done that? Maybe the cougar…

Oh look, here it is the cougar! But it is frozen. Who has done that? The frozen waters of the winters! Be careful my friend.
Oh look, here it is the cougar! But it is frozen. Who has done that? The frozen waters of the winters!
Be careful my friend.

Thanks Gabriel for this great story!

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