Last year, Wilhelm, Brychwyn, Huxley and I spent time in our own dog friendly state capitol, Olympia, and we stopped in the capitol of Idaho on our return road trip from Buffalo, New York. It seemed appropriate to take the time returning from our Southwest road trip to visit another Cascadian capitol city, Salem, Oregon. Obviously, what I love about visiting pet friendly capitols is all of the amazing photo opportunities. But I can tell that the dogs enjoy all of the smells: the people and other dogs who have visited, the historic trees and shrubs and even some of the sculptures seem to really interest them. Our visit Salem was Leo's first trip to a capitol and he also seemed interested in the sights. Even though we didn't run into many people, Leo was most enthusiastic to greet them with a hardy "hello."
We only had an hour to explore the Oregon State Capitol grounds and I feel like we only scratched the surface on what there is to see there and at the Capitol State Park across the street. I am sure we will have an opportunity to return someday but we had to get on the road. Not only were we finally headed back to our house, there was a planned stop for an afternoon hike with two Portland blog dogs, Mr. N, the Tenacious Little Terrier and Sage of The (mis)Adventures of Sage. The first thing we did in Portland was let the dogs meet and run around. All five dogs hit it off right away and had a great time together. Sage and Mr. N were just like I expected them to be from following their blogs; they are both fit and no nonsense dogs. The kind of straight forward attitude that Mr. N and Sage exude, is exactly what Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley like in playmates so the five dogs were a fine match. Mr. N and Huxley's interactions proved to be particularly amusing (see slideshow.) Im not sure if it was their size difference or just that I captured in in photographs, but the two of them were a funny, friendly pair.