Citizen Hiker: The Best Dog on The Mountain

Mare CzinarMay 2019
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Rocco has an insatiable appetite for Arizona mountain peaks. Along with his human companion, Scott Anau of Phoenix, the 3½-year-old American pit bull terrier is  a canine hiking celebrity. The pair hits the trails nearly weekly, and Rocco’s chummy personality draws tons of attention. Social media is flush with photos of him on summits and cheesing with trekkers on the trails. He even has his own Instagram account.

“He is very friendly – overly friendly, sometimes,” Anau says. “As for the ‘dangerous pit bull’ stereotype, he is nothing of the sort… Usually he is the one being bullied. Once on a hike, two corgis chased him down the trail because they didn’t like all the licks he was giving them.”

Rocco is always ready to pounce on the next ramble – particularly high-gain hikes. “I do prefer the more challenging hikes, as does Rocco,” Anau says. “If there is a trail that some say a dog can’t do due to it being difficult, we will try it – as long as dogs are allowed, of course.” Rocco has done Humphreys Peak (Flagstaff), Quartz Peak (Sierra Estrella Mountains), O’Leary Peak (an under-the-radar climb near Sunset Crater in Flagstaff) and Flatiron (Superstition Wilderness). Follow the duo and share your Rocco sightings at: @rocco_goes_places or
@photos_and_adventures.

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