Amber Pitcher never imagined that she would someday fulfill her dream to be part of the Adirondack 46ers. However, her rescue dog Ariel brought out her adventure-loving side in a serendipitous way.
Amber was in high school when she first met her dog, Ariel. She was visiting the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society with her parents that day, and they were only planning to look at the shelter pooches.
The young woman immediately noticed Ariel because of her differently-colored eyes. One was the sky blue of a Siberian husky, while the other was the rich brown of a golden retriever.
As she drew closer, Amber realized that Ariel was meant to be her dog. Her parents must have also seen that, for they took home the husky-golden mix that very same day.
Over the years, Amber and Ariel grew ever closer. The pair loved taking scenic strolls every single day, going wherever their feet took them.
One time, the fur mom heard of a picturesque overlook, so of course, the two of them had to go there. She had no idea they would end up hiking 10 miles, though!
Ariel loved the woods and navigated them as if she had lived her whole life in one. Thus, the fur mom thought it would be a great idea to try climbing a mountain, even if she had never so much as hiked before. Their first Adirondack High Peak was Mt. Marcy, the tallest in New York.
Once Amber reached the summit, her fatigue melted off at the stunning vista that greeted them. The sight took the fur mom’s breath away. Ariel, who was right beside her, had a joyful smile on her face that seemed to say, “See? All that hard work was worth it!”
After Mt. Marcy, the pair continued hiking and admiring the beauty of nature. They didn’t really think about ascending every summit of the Adirondack mountains; instead, Amber and Ariel focused on enjoying themselves and making the most of every trip.
Still, three years later, the pair triumphantly stood on the peak of Mt. Colden, their last Adirondack climb. Amber was now a member of the 46ers, an organization comprised of volunteers who have reached all the major summits of the mountain range.
Exploring the outdoors is not the only thing the pair love doing. Ariel is also a registered therapy dog, and she visits libraries with her fur mom to encourage children to read.
Amber hopes that the friendly pooch’s story inspires fur parents to consider their local shelter the next time they’re planning to get a pet. After all, they just might find their best friend there, just like she found one in Ariel. Watch the two outdoor enthusiasts’ story here: