Walking the Dogs

We took the dogs out for my/their walk after dinner. One of our frustrations: Molly loves to stop, sniff and roll wildly in what we refer to as "dog nip." When I’m trying to use the walk as my exercise, she makes it hard to keep a regulated pace. Pure Luck dislikes it because he wants to be in control, and Molly doesn’t see things his way.

But tonight he said, "I guess life’s too short not to stop and roll in the grass."

Amen to that.

We walked a whole mile, and life’s too short not to do that, too.

9 thoughts on “Walking the Dogs”

  1. Sigh. Yes….that’s why I love dog park. I can get my exercie while dogs can run, sniff, and roll to their hearts desire. But most days the walk around the block is easier to manage (ok, it’s a big block, 30 minute walk). So. Good for you, walking! Better than I have managed with any kind of consistency these last few months. I hope you keep it up!

  2. inspiring me to get walking a mile a day again. With two puppies we don’t get far right now and had to carry misty home yesterday – she was poooped out – but Ronja did just fine – tail wagging and head held high as she romped with her mum
    wondering if we chose the wrong puppy 🙁

  3. I remember when our doggie-boy first joined us. I told my doctor and she commented how walking him would contribute to stress reduction & lower my high blood pressure.
    I said, “Obviously you haven’t met Fenway!”

  4. Being that Molly & Sam are big, deep-chested dogs, I hope they remember to rest a good hour or so after eating so they can avoid bloat. The Late Great Doggie Bear, bless his furry blue-eyed soul, had bloat once – thankfully I spotted the signs early and he survived. Most dogs who wind up with bloat aren’t so lucky.
    While Bear bloated because he was naughty and ate some paper towels when no one was looking, one of the biggest causes of bloat is when a deep-chested dog is too active on a full stomach. Walking’s probably not so bad, but running, jumping, pulling and rolling should be avoided immediately after mealtime.
    My sister and I both implemented the Doggie Quiet Time rule, where our dogs have to take it easy for one hour after their breakfast or dinner. The first few months were challenging, but now they automatically find their comfy spots and lie down – maybe even with a chew toy.
    I don’t mean to lecture – but I don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through with Doggie Bear (even with the good outcome it was touch-and-go and a very terrifying experience).

  5. LaReina, what a scary thing! I fear bloat because it seems to happen so often to Bernese.
    In this case, their dinner took place much earlier than mine, so the “their/my” referred to the walk, not the meals! They eat like clockwork at 5 p.m., but this walk was more like 7:30!

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