Are you and your dog getting enough exercise? Walking is a low impact, no equipment-required activity that will tone the muscles and help drop weight, so you both are healthier, happier, and live longer.
Doing activities together is what strengthens relationships. This is true for people, and it’s true for our furry companions. While your dog already adores you, she’ll love you that much more when you take her out for a walk.
Want to see an ecstatic dog? Just get out the leash. The happy dance and *pant, pant, pant* say it all!
4- Wildlife Sightings
Even if you live in an urban area, wild animals are everywhere, hidden in trees or concrete crevices. Your dog will smell or see deer, rabbits, birds, and other critters that you might miss altogether. Just pay attention to what turns her head.
5- Getting Out & About
We two-legged folks tend to spend too much time indoors at home, at work, or at stores. Walking gets us outside, in the sunshine, and meeting new people who are more inclined to approach and say “hello” If you have a tail-wagging dog with you.
Walking is a fabulous way to see the local sites. You’ll discover areas you didn’t know existed, pick up landscaping ideas, and find new restaurants and businesses that pique your interest. Or go further afield and explore the trails in nearby parks and canyons. Mix it up. Spice is the variety of life!
Published in Pets in the City Magazine*, August 2014 (http://issuu.com/petsinthecitymagazine/docs/picmaugissue/5?e=6737603/8793902)
*To the casual observer, it might appear I vanished the last year. I did, under a heavy workload. Buried deep, I’m only now resurfacing for air.
During that time, I continued writing. I’ll be populating my little site with some of those pieces, many of which were published in Pets in the City Magazine.