Walks With My Dogs
I’ve had dogs in my life for most of my adult life – about 26 years (not to age myself or anything). These dogs include my first, Maxine and then Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack & Maggie, in order of appearance. I am and have always been diligent about walking my dogs. Luckily, I’m a runner, so I can get my run in while exercising them. I figure that I have walked (or run) with my dogs probably everyday of those 26 years. Yes, some days I missed, but many days I took them more than once.
That adds up to a lot of walking over the years! Even if I only walked a mile each time, that comes to almost 10,000 miles! Wow – I can’t even wrap my head around that number of miles… but I checked my math (365 X 26 = 9,490).
This past week was National Walk Your Dog Week. I think that’s a great week to commemorate the dog walk – it’s iconic – there are jokes about it, songs about it, even movies – think “The Incredible Journey”.
To me there is nothing more peaceful than a leisurely evening stroll with the dogs, unless it’s that morning run, or the brisk afternoon hike I take with them.
This past week, I asked SlimDoggy’s FaceBook friends to share their favorite walks with their dogs and here’s some of walks we heard about:
Diane Carpentieri (Mykooldog): My favorite is walking on the beach when no one else is there. It is sheer pleasure seeing the dogs toying with the tides and chasing sea gulls.
CraigandTheresa Foster (All Out Dogz) Here is a pic of Hayden and Micah on our favorite walk! The creek comes out at beautiful blue mountain lake. We followed the creek bed up the mountain and it made for a fun place for the pups to run and play in the water.
Boingy Dog: My all-time favorite walk is around Lake Merritt but we’re trying to visit more places and bring some variety. Kayo and I are city girls so we love the lake. There have to be at least 100 people there are any given time. Lots of dogs, joggers, bikers, skateboarders, geese, squirrels, rowers and paddlers, rollerbladers, yoga-ists, tightrope walkers, weigh lifters, and more. It’s a seriously happenin’ place! And a good 5K.
Ian Thomson (Sheba’s Life Story): My favorite walk is along the river or around a lake, basically anywhere with water so Sheba can have a swim. She loves the water.
Jo Peris: At a park at our local lake in Dover De. Shady, grassy, over a couple of little bridges and a dam and also a tiny beach.
Elaine Enlightening: I like to walk Tao anywhere that there is lots of trees and water. There is a lake nearby with lovely large patches of grass where my toy poodles can unofficially run and play off leash. I only do that when we are alone. The Bass Pro has beautiful walking around the lake and such. Will be walking more as fall settles in. It’s back to being really hot and humid presently, which my female puppy, Lady, hates.
Bobbi Basile: Here’s a picture from our walk this am…and one of our favorites. It’s in a local park with trails through the woods. Early in the am we have the place to ourselves. There’s a lake through those trees. It’s picturesque and peaceful…until a squirrel crosses our path and then it’s “game on!”
Penny RawDog: Love walking on trails in the spring and summer but usually in the fall we walk around Downtown Salem, MA, or go to the beaches and watch the seagulls, smell the crisp cool ocean breeze, go for a swim here and there and of course meet other dogs and their guardians.
Kelly Ison (SmartCookee) Abbey and I walk around our neighborhood that includes several museums and parks….It really is a beautiful walk.
Jamie Badial (Best Paw Forward) Love walks this time of year in some of the local parks. Falling leaves, autumn colors, cool air. My dogs love it too.
Lisa Sugarman Costello (Luv Our Pets Longer) Morgan and I walk the neighborhood and now we can go down the beach again for a romp.
They all sound like great walks don’t they? I wrote about some of our favorite walks on our FB page this past week and have one more to add. This is Jack & Maggie’s favorite walk that we like to take on Sunday mornings. It’s along the crest of one of the hills that form the valley we live in. When it’s clear enough, you can see all the way to the ocean from some spots. Here’s a few pictures:
Those are the Santa Susanna Mountains and Simi Valley in the distance.