A to Z Challenge: Walking

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Our “W” post today is on Walking, one of our favorite activities with our dogs. Jack and I used to walk a lot. We would do regular 3-4 mile walks everyday and then much longer on weekends. I say “used to” because we don’t anymore and I miss it.

When we first got Jack, our other dog Becca was older and couldn’t walk very far, so I would walk Jack by himself.

Jack loves his walks and he’s focused – he would get right beside me and just walk and walk and walk. There were no distractions, no stopping to sniff. Barking dogs behind fences would barely get a glance, one pee break, one poop break and the rest of the time we walked. It was quiet peaceful, reflective time we had together.

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Then Becca passed away and we got Maggie.

Maggie views walks as a completely different activity. First, she was a breeder mom, so I don’t think she was ever walked on a leash before we got her. Second, she lived in a cage, so the outside world with all of its sights and smells is a wonderland and she has to stop and sniff and explore every single crevice as thoroughly as a detective.

Can you see how it would be difficult to walk the two of them together?

We’ve kind of adopted Maggie’s slow, meandering pace, but I know Jack misses his “mission” walks. I think I’ll go do one with him now.

What kind of walks do you have with your dogs?

 

 

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  1. What a great post. Thank you for the reminder of how important our walks our.

    We only do 3 mile walks on the weekend. During the week, the walks are about 2 miles. J is in charge of these and it starts with 15 minutes of fetch and then the walk and then another 15 minutes of fetch. I love how devoted he is to this – even when he’s tired, he makes sure that it happens.

    I do the walks on the weekend. Sometimes J comes along, but sometimes I like the quiet and solitude of an early morning walk on a sunny day. As the days get nicer and warmer, we’ll be able to return to the beach.
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    • You are lucky J is so devoted. Steve takes Jack 3 days a week for a run and Maggie 2 days, so they good a good hard run in with him at least that much. The rest of the weekly walks/runs are mine.
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  2. Lovely pic, lucky pets.

  3. We don’t count the distance, since it’s just easier to keep track of the time. Donna dictates the dog mostly since I want to give her the time to sniff whatever she wants so she exercises that part of the brain, or when she starts to go at a faster pace, it encourages me to jog along beside her. I do determine the route though it can be slow and meandering with Donna 😉 But she also puts up with me loitering around taking pictures 😛
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  4. We are in the same boat with our long Saturday adventure walks. Katie is having problems with being slow and walking so far, Bailie is full speed ahead and it is just hard. The winter with the severe cold and so much snow also limited our walks on Saturdays. Now we are trying to get back into them with either Katie staying at home or just going and hour and a half or so, but we love those really long nice paced walks.
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    • It’s hard to leave one behind I know, but nothing beats those good walks.
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  5. Hi Y’all!

    Most of my walks, short and long, are off leash. I much prefer Maggies style of walking! There are too many good things in this world to explore!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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    • You’re lucky to be able to be off leash…mine aren’t quite trustworthy enough.
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  6. I cherish our morning walks. When it’s very early, Leo will walk off leash and remain right next to my leg with Wilson in tow. I didn’t train him to do this, it’s something he taught himself. We can walk in the mornings forever, listening to what God has so miraculously created. I love that because of them I get to start each and every day like that. Lee will come along in the evenings, but the mornings are sacred – special – and belong to just me 🙂
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  7. Love that picture. My walks are with all three pulling my arm out. Nellie and gman are good walkers but glory pulls like a powerhouse. I should take them separate and enjoy it more.
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  8. Maggie and I would get along perfect on walks! I have to stop and smell everything! Mom just stands around and would love to be walking fast non stop. She is happy if we make it a whole block without stopping, which she tries to do on the way from the park to home without much luck. Love Dolly
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    • Maggie only walks without stopping on the way home…anxious for her after walk snack 🙂
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  9. What a great photo! We posted about walks today too! Luna loves to stop and sniff just like Maggie.
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  10. We walk every single day!
    Twice a day at most times. I take all three at once although it took a while and the proper harnesses to be able to walk them all comfortably!
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  11. Sometimes I walk the dogs together, sometimes they each get one. Sometimes Rob jogs with Leo (although it turns out Leo doesn’t actually * like * jogging that much. He “puts on the brakes” quite a bit, Rob says). I must be crazy to consider getting a third dog…
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  12. Our walks really depend on a lot of things – like how much wildlife has been around and Hailey’s mood. I wouldn’t call them very relaxing, although every once and a while they surprise me!
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  13. With 3 dogs, our walks still are training walks, trying to keep everyone focused. Otherwise, one pup sees a squirrel…and it’s all I can do to control everyone. So, our walks are working/training walks. (But they still love them!)

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats
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    • I try that sometimes with Maggie, but because of her background I have a hard time being too strict with her and if I bring treats with Jack, well he just is too food motivated. I know I need to work with Maggie alone more.
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  14. We walk at a fairly fast sniff and search pace! Haha! We usually walk down the middle of our streets because if we get to the side, we have mailboxes and other interesting sniff stuff. : )
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  15. Our guys always loved their walks. Even when spending all day playing outside, a walk is always special. That really tells me how deep meaning it really has.
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  16. Your walks with Jack sound wonderful! Kobi was like Maggie once he got older….slow and sniffing all the way. The girls are all about go, go, go. So I always walked Kobi by himself, and the girls separately. It will be interesting to see what Luke’s style is going to be, right now he only gets short walks, and we’re still trying to figure out what the new routine is going to be.
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  17. We rarely walk just to walk. No time. If we get the time, we walk in the forest so usually the brown dawgs put their noses down to work. Their mission is birds…lol. It can slow down the walk as you say but they love it.
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  18. Oh what a sentimental post. Thanks for sharing Slimdoggy 🙂 Hope you had a good Sepia Saturday!
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