I am always looking for new and interesting ways to spend quality time with my Best Friend. So, you can imagine my interest when quite by accident I came across an article printed in the Sunset Magazine in 2009. The article focused on Mr. Horton, an architect and mapmaker regarding the “Stairways of Queen Anne”. After reading, “Map shows “hidden,” and intriguing stairways of Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill”, I wanted more information for a day to spend with Sasha. The map is a treasure in itself, showing very interesting drawings by Mr. Horton. The map can be purchased either online or in person from the Queen Anne Historical Society www.qahistory.org.
I know that given some thought and preparation this could be a nice walk for the experienced and well toned dog and walker. I was cautioned by Mr. Kim Turner – Research Chair for the Queen Anne Historical Society – this is not an undertaking for the newbies. Rather this is for the fit and athletic person and their Best Friend. He also said he and his dog had “great fun” on his walks through these stairs. Those young Best Friends that have sooooo much energy, you know who you are, the Jack Russels, Labs, Goldens, this walk is great for you. Lots of exercise and excitement. What a great way to help you overly enthusastic friend to walk off some of the storied engery. I was assured these are public stairways, and therefore, open to pets. Looking at the map online it seems that anyone can take advantage of the walk, albeit, perhaps in smaller treks, with making this Queen Anne intrigue last for a couple of weeks worth of adventure.
This fall would be a wonderful time (weather permitting) to have a closer look at Queen Anne and the intrigue and history within. Please remember to take water for your friend as well as yourself, and little bags as a conscientious pet owner. If your pet is skidish you might want to take this walk by yourself first to determine appropriateness for your friend. If your unsure of the exercise health of your friend or yourself, take this walk in smaller bits rather than the whole walk at one time. The idea is to enjoy, learn and have fun with a new walking place.
I have provided a link above for your ease of research. The Search and Rescue, K-9 Law Enforcement or any of the service dog training groups will find new smells, spaces and enthusiast may find this a nice change for training and exercise. It is difficult to find those challenging and intriguing intercity spots for exercise. I sincerely hope you all have the opportunity to investigate and decide for yourselves if you would enjoy. I would enjoy hearing about your thoughts on this incredible walk right at home.