We don’t travel a lot, but my sisters and I do travel and we travel far from home. No matter where we are, walking is something we continue to do, but if you are out of your “area”, you need to be aware of your surroundings before setting out on a walk. STOP for a moment and find out what dangers and hazards or new rules may be in place before you take off walking. We are also always on leash in new areas, and always have our tags on, just in case. We are chipped too, but anyone can read tags, so we like to wear them.
In May, when we were at BlogPaws in Lake Las Vegas, the first morning we set out at 4:30 am for a nice walk. We woke Mom up early because of the time difference. We headed out on the walkways around the beautiful resort we were staying at when a security guard in a golf cart stopped us. We felt safe in the area on the walking paths, but he told us not to leave the resort area until the sun came up because coyotes were all over the area when it was dark out. We had no clue and were thankful for that information.
In Florida we stay in a golf community where we need to watch out for alligators. Many of the water hazards on the course have alligators in them. Last year, we saw a really big one just laying in the sun. For the above photo Mom first had us by the water, but then she panicked and pulled us up the hill as she envisioned a gator jumping out of the pond and grabbing us. We joke about it, but we do need to be careful.
Pay attention to signage while you are out walking. There is a reason we shouldn’t swim in the lakes. On Sunday I had a photo about a dangerous crossing. In this community, golf carts are everywhere, and they speed along not usually stopping to look for dogs, meaning you need to watch out for them!
Take note of the weather. If you live where the weather is cooler and you are walking on an eighty degree day, your pup may get too warm. Bring water along, let them take a break in the shade, or adjust the length of your walk.
Some things are the same everywhere like squirrels. Those pesty, rude, creatures were really teasing me in Florida! Sadly, I can’t climb a tree in Florida or Minnesota! We did have to watch for snakes, lizards, and other creepy creatures. Some of them may be dangerous for dogs. Mom also made a note of an AAHA Vet Clinic nearby, as well as a 24 hr emergency clinic, just in case we had anything happen that required medical attention.
Walking is a fun, and fit way to discover your new surroundings, but you need to make sure you know what dangers may be lurking. Everyone seems to eat more while on vacation, and walking is a great way to make sure you don’t return home with unwanted pounds! Heck, I even ran with Mom and Bailie four times while in Florida, I rarely want to run when we are home! Get out and explore on foot, and take in the sights!
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