Striking Desert Treasure

Desert Bowling Pins

Today’s find on my daily desert walk was considerably better than yesterday’s. I’ll take random bowling pins over a dead dog any day. I posted a notice about the dog on the local list-serve:

Sad find today: a dead dog in an arroyo near the Galisteo Dam. Looked like an old dog, medium-shaggy coat, black with some white on his chest and grey on his face. Blue collar but no tag. Looked peaceful. No other footprints nearby. I thought you might repost in case somebody is missing their dog. I took a photo if somebody wants to make an ID, but I’m not going to post it. Thanks.

So far, no word. Probably an old dog that wandered off into the desert to die. If there’s somebody out there wondering what happened to their good ol’ dog, hopefully I can give them some peace of mind. Animals know when it’s their time and this isn’t a bad place to go (don’t worry I won’t post the sad photo here either!):

My Angelic Dogs in the Big Arroyo

Previous Desert Treasure posts: Red Wreckthe Sun Temple & Cerrillos Ruins.

Update: I got an email this morning from somebody south of Madrid who has been missing his dog since November. I sent him the photo and it is his old dog Taka. I’m going to take him to her this afternoon so he can bury her at his place. She must have walked miles to end up here. I’m glad I was able to find her people. Sounds like she was a loved dog who had a good, long life.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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4 Responses to Striking Desert Treasure

  1. TBM says:

    Bowling pins are a strange find.

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