I love my walks for so many reasons. National Walk Your Dog Month is October 1st – 7th this year. Each of us is going to take a turn talking about why we love walking so much. Being the oldest, I get to start out the week with what I love.
Mom starts walking with each of us the moment we move in here. As puppies we take short walks but we learn that we wake up, walk, then eat, and in the evening we walk again and then eat. It teaches us to work for our meals. Mom is a super, early bird. This means that we are used to being out of bed and on the trails by 6 am most days. This time of year we often walk in the dark. Lots of people don’t like dark walks, but they are our favorite. We rarely see another human or dog, traffic is light or non-existent, and it is so very peaceful.
At our house the rule is no phone usage for Mom when we are walking or running. We carry the phone for emergencies, or a photo, but that is it. Mom’s brain is able to totally focus on the dog(s) she is with and her own thoughts. She tells me it is amazing all the problems she solves with her clear head on walks, and she also gets lots of brilliant ideas. Creativity comes from a mind that is not being filled with stuff from electronic devices.
The four of us never walk at the same time. One or two of us go out with Mom at a time because we are too strong if we all go. Nelson gets passed around, but almost always walks with Madison because she is Miss Manners, and also smaller. For me, the one on one time I get on almost all my walks with my mom it the absolute best time. We always have a great time and it makes our bond stronger. Time with my mom is super precious for me.
I enjoy running into friends on my walks. Humans tend to walk at the same time of day it seems. Sadly, several of my best friends passed away in the past year and I miss seeing them. Mom says that is life as one gets older, but it is a real bummer.
Nelson rarely walks with me because the two of us together is “asking for trouble” according to Mom. We are both avid hunters, big, and strong. About the only time we walk together is super early walks. We both are very loud and tend to wake up the neighborhood if we see a critter…payback for all the fireworks, I say.
Walking helps keep me and Mom happy and healthy. This is my first year of not running and I don’t miss it a bit. Walking burns calories so I can eat snacks and maintain my weight too. It is also a great way to discover new places to walk in the new subdivisions around our house. I love my walks and I recommend them for every dog and their human!
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