Today marks the end of National Walk Your Dog Week. It runs during the first week of every October.
National Walk Your Dog Walk was founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige. It is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation. Check our more at their website www.walkyourdogweek.com
This week aims to share so many wonderful messages including ones about pet obesity and unchaining your dogs.
We take two family walks with Duke each day – one in the morning and one in the evening. There are shorter walks throughout the day, more like bathroom breaks, before we leave for places and as soon as we get home, but the morning & evening walks are my favorite.
In the morning, we all head out to walk Sam part of the way to his bus stop. There’s a nice local park about halfway there, so the three of us start our morning with a walk through the park. Duke gets so sad everyday when Sam walks away, but I can get him distracted quick by playing. I really enjoy starting my day with some quality time with my boys, seeing what the weather is like before I walk out the door for real, and taking some time to breathe and enjoy the neighborhood. This is the first year in four years that Sam & I haven’t lived in the middle of Boston, we really cherish living in a quieter neighborhood and being able to walk the dog to the park with a cup of hot tea in hand in the morning – it’s the simple pleasures.
In the evenings, it is much the same routine. Before we all crawl into bed, we take one more walk about the neighborhood. On this walk, I love looking at the stars, a luxury we didn’t have in the city. It is such a great opportunity to chat too.
We often run into other dogs on both our walks. I’m trying to remember all their names! Duke loves playing with the other pups we come across. We enjoy getting to chat with the other dog owners too! Sometimes we get lucky in the mornings and run into the local turkey – really, there’s a turkey that lives in one of the nearby parks! Duke likes to chase it, but I feel bad for the poor bird!
I think we all look forward to these family walks! They’re keeping Duke at a healthy weight and us too! You can tell how excited Duke gets when I ask him if he wants to go for a walk. It’s one of two things guaranteed to get him to drop his Kong! (The other being food!)
So get out there and walk you pooch! It’ll do you just as much good as it will your dog. Promise, 🙂
How often do you walk your dog?
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