A few blocks from my house, I saw a dog up on the roof. Shea was not atop a dog house, like Snoopy, but some 15 feet off the ground on the roof of a people house. She looked comfortable up there, and though it made me a little nervous, I didn’t feel as though she was in immediate danger.
Racing home for my camera, I thought, “Please don’t come down until I get the photo, please don’t get down until I get the photo.” She was still there minutes later when I returned. A woman then came out of the house and told me that I was not the first person to take a picture of Shea, who loved to be up on the roof and regularly spent time up there.
This has got to be one of the most unusual places I have ever seen a dog, but I suspect that even odder locations have been observed by others. In what weird or unexpected places have you seen a dog?
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.