For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

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For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

A younger Finn has fun on top of the Vermilion Cliffs. We explored the area for days and always had a view of the Grand Canyon far below.
Andrew Gulliford with his springador, Finn, on the front porch of the Aspen Guard Station in the San Juan National Forest.
Finn swam in Ice Lakes. Like any Lab, he never passed up a puddle, a pothole or a pond.
Because he was half springer spaniel and half Labrador, Finn had hybrid vigor and the best of both bloodlines.
Fall was Finn’s favorite season, and he enjoyed visiting U.S. Forest Service ranger cabins like the Lone Cone Cabin south of Norwood, where we looked for aspen tree carvings or arborglyphs by sheepherders.
An older Finn, an elder statesman dog, lived to be15 years old.
Finn sprawls out on a friend’s couch. He could sleep through anything and often lounged with his head and paws in odd directions.

For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

A younger Finn has fun on top of the Vermilion Cliffs. We explored the area for days and always had a view of the Grand Canyon far below.
Andrew Gulliford with his springador, Finn, on the front porch of the Aspen Guard Station in the San Juan National Forest.
Finn swam in Ice Lakes. Like any Lab, he never passed up a puddle, a pothole or a pond.
Because he was half springer spaniel and half Labrador, Finn had hybrid vigor and the best of both bloodlines.
Fall was Finn’s favorite season, and he enjoyed visiting U.S. Forest Service ranger cabins like the Lone Cone Cabin south of Norwood, where we looked for aspen tree carvings or arborglyphs by sheepherders.
An older Finn, an elder statesman dog, lived to be15 years old.
Finn sprawls out on a friend’s couch. He could sleep through anything and often lounged with his head and paws in odd directions.

For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford

Finn was always ready to hike.

For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

Finn was my shadow and was always with me. Here, we are near an ancestral Puebloan kiva ruin along the San Juan River in Utah.

For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

Finn was always ready to hike. He often knew where I was headed before I did, and he always stayed about 30 feet in front of me to protect me from anything that might be there.
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