I remember our first family trip to Yellowstone National Park. I was 11 and my brother was 5 years old. We got to see Old Faithful and that was pretty cool, but when you're a kid it was boring standing around waiting for it to go off! We went inside Yellowstone Lodge and even as kids could appreciate the architecture. We didn't know what the word architecture meant at the time, but you know what I mean.

Once we got something cool from the gift shop, like a rubber tomahawk and a real wild west sheriff's badge, we were off to look at the other things that Yellowstone had to offer. Walking along the walkways near the hot springs and boiling pots was very intense, I recall.

We had stern warnings from Mom and Dad not to leave the walkway, and that if a rubber tomahawk was dropped off of the boardwalk, we would lose it forever. No reaching, no retrieving it at all. And of course, throwing rocks into the turquoise blue water was strictly forbidden...but we wanted to so badly.

So when I hear about a tourist breaking the rules and getting into that incredibly hot thermal water, I cringe. In this case, a twenty-year-old woman was chasing her dog that had run off. Her father was able to pull her out of the hot spring, but it boiled her skin  and she was treated at a burn center in Idaho. The dog was also rescued, but there was no report on its condition (poor puppy). Read the full story from our news partner, NBC Right Now HERE.

If'n ya don't want a dog that misbehaves while you're treating them to a fun Yellowstone vacation, you might want to keep reading!


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