Agnes and I were out on the Bruce Trail, on Tuesday doing her monthly inspection of her section East of Wolverton Mountain Road. As she mentioned in her blog, we enjoy hiking the trails and this day was an excellent one for it. The temperature was subtly cool but warm enough that a light jacket over short sleeves kept us comfortable. This section of the trail starts out on the top of the escarpment for about 1 KM and then runs down a gradual slope with well-defined steps, (some stone some packed earth with wooden supports) and the remainder of the 2.5km runs along the ‘base’ of the escarpment. It was a bit wet and some of the steps were slightly slippery and the lower part od the trail was slightly muddy in a copuple of spots but overall it was in good shape.
It was just as we were starting down the slope that I heard voices from somewhere below. I assumed they were coming up the hill from below and we would meet them. As it turns out, we did not meet them – they must have been on the ‘branch or side’ trail that runs from the Bruce Trail at the base of the steps down the slope, over to where it comes out to #8 at the top of Casablanca Road.
Part of the way down the hill, I heard them calling a dog which must have gotten away from them to do some exploring on its own. They were calling “here Ruby” “come girl”. I did see them a long way from us, a male and female (she in red jacket and he in <I think> blue). Later a good distance along the trail, I encountered a brown and white Spaniel (photos below). If this was Ruby, she was very busy exploring “everywhere”. She stopped in her tracks as she approached me. Assuming this was Ruby I dropped the bag (we collect garbage along the trail as we walk), and crouched to speak to her. She was very cautious and approached slowly sniffing the air for the scent of this “Stranger who knew her name”. She never did allow contact apart from a brief sniff of my hand, then darted away to continue exploring.
We carried on to the end of our section of the trail and then returned. About half way to the top we were passed again by Ruby (we think), still exploring. She stopped to sniff us out again but again did not visit long. She continued to stay close until we were well up on the top of the hill and then I again heard her masters calling in the far distance. I spoke to Ruby insisting she should go to find them. She looked at me and cocked her head as if listening intently, then turned and went back down the trail towards the steps. She did not return to us for the remainder of the trail.
I do hope the owners found her – or she found them.