So I don't really like posting when crappy stuff happens, I avoid doing that here a lot (although I know I've shared a few), but I hate that helpless feeling when something crappy happens to a loved one and there's nothing I can do. My girlfriend (of 10 years) just lost her job as a fire lookout because the upper management doesn't want her dog at the lookout. As background - it's a 5 to 6 month seasonal job, 7 days a week with no time off for the whole time she's there. There's solar power with a backup generator, propane for the heater and stove. Water, food and other supplies are flown up by helicopter every three weeks. The dog is a rescue dog of very mixed heritage and currently weighs in at 38 pounds - not huge, not tiny either. One of the people above her in the food chain (but not the direct supervisor) was up at the lookout when they were doing the food/water/supplies delivery and was walking around the cabin (17x17 feet she called home for the last four summers) on the deck - the dog was tied up away from the action because he tends to bark at strangers getting too close to the cabin. Normally the barking is a really good thing; she got 3000 to 5000 hikers stopping by every year - it is a "destination" hike that's only about 5 hours round trip and reasonably close to the city. She doesn't want people directly invading her privacy and there are personal safety concerns as well - it's bad enough they are in her 'back yard' as is. But, she's actually really good about greeting people and answering questions if she's not busy spotting fires. Anyways, the guy ignores the fact that the dog is being protective and walks right by him on the 3-foot wide deck. Dog nips at his pant leg. Guy throws a hissy fit and then makes a fuss with the people above him. They decide the dog can't stay because he 'might' attack one of the hikers visiting. There was a similar incident a couple of years ago with a hiker - but out of the 10,000 visitors that dog has met, no one has actually been bitten. She had a choice of keeping the job or keeping the dog. I happened to have hiked up for a three-day visit and the final decision about the dog came in the final day I was up there. So, she's now back in town and jobless.