It’s difficult to believe that Day 4 of #DogWalkingWeek is already behind us! Our weather has been absolutely perfect, and we’ve been enjoying getting out so much. Join us and our co-hosts the Cascadian Nomads and Dolly the Doxie in our celebration of this week.
For Days 2, 3, and 4 we’ve stuck pretty close to home. Day 2 was a work day for me, so after work I took Cricket up the street to the fields of what used to be a farm. We used to walk these fields all the time with our first two dogs Shelby and Maggie. They were allowed off leash and loved to run in the fields. Back then the fields were kept mowed and easier to walk in. Now they are only mowed about once a season and since the ticks can be bad in all that tall grass we don’t walk there much anymore.
But the ticks don’t seem to have re-emerged this fall like they usually do (knock wood), and the grass wasn’t too tall, so we ventured out there. Cricket was raring to go (how am I supposed to remember that this little beagle has arthritis? Nothing slows her down!). The first field leads to 3 more fields, but they were wet in areas, so we only skirted around the edge of two of the fields.
The foliage was pretty and the fields were full of smells that Cricket enjoyed. When we went to pass through this opening to the second field, I heard something in the woods that sounded like a snort to the left, and turned around for a minute, not sure what I had heard! But we didn’t hear anything further so got brave and passed through. We never saw any wildlife, but the deer wander through these fields a lot.
We covered 1.2 miles that took us about 35 minutes. I shared the fun selfies for these 2 walks in yesterday’s Sunday Selfies post.
Day 3 fell on Saturday and I had a busy day planned, so opted to just walk Sheba up the street. I had to register my new car, and then the Dadz and I drove around looking for properties for sale. I was meeting with the girls for lunch and a visit to a local winery, but I ended up with enough time for a longer walk than I had planned on before heading out.
Sheba was a little nervous because it was very windy out. I had brought the SnapLeash, but only put it around my waist when snapping photos. That was a big mistake, and I realized how big when I lay awake that night with pain in my hand, elbow, and the front of my shoulder. I should have used our leash from EzyDog, the EzyDog Cujo Shock Absorbing Leash*, which is what I usually use with Sheba if we are not going hands free. It really does absorb some of the shock from pulling as it says it will. Lesson learned! As I said in my original post, having the right equipment can make walks much more enjoyable!
Sheba and I even did a few little jogging sprints on our walk and we ended up walking almost a mile and a half in 34 minutes. The morning was chilly, but comfortable for walking.
Just a couple notes on other equipment: Cricket wears a harness from HotDog Collars that I’ve been very happy with, and Sheba wears a step in harness from Drs. Foster & Smith. The step in is inexpensive and easy to put on, which Sheba can be very fidgety and uncooperative with. I stopped using them for Luke and Cricket though, because they both wriggled out of them when scared. I don’t recommend them for reactive dogs.
On Day 4, I did a walk that was a combination of the previous two. Luke and I headed out in the fields, (with the hands free Umbilical Belt*!!) but hung a right and followed along the woods where it was dry for a ways, and then joined back up with the street further up the road, then did the same route on the way back. It was a cool morning again, but the sun was warm!
We saw some of our neighbors in their yards, which gave us a chance to work on Luke’s fear of strangers. I’ll fill you in on how that went in the Positive Pet Training hop tomorrow (hint…it went well!). We walked a total of 1.51 miles which took us 51 minutes (there was A LOT of stopping to sniff things on this walk, so I remembered to let Luke have fun!).
So we’ve had three more successful walks, and it’s been wonderful for the dogs and myself. After our 2nd day, my head did start to clear, so I came up with at least a rough plan for the rest of our week. I’m so glad we have this week to motivate us, and we’re looking forward to 3 (or more) days of it!
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Thank you to Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige, National Walk Your Dog Week founder: http://www.walkyourdogweek.com/.
Have you started walking yet? Our celebration lasts through October 15th, and you have until the 7th to make the commitment to walk for one week! Be sure to sign up below to make your commitment (just click on the first “click here to enter”), and be entered for prizes! (we never share your email, we just need it for prize fulfillment) We have over a dozen people signed up so far, but we’re hoping for more! We want to hear how you’re doing, whether you share that through our or our co-hosts’ (Cascadian Nomads and Dolly the Doxie) comments, your own social media, or on our Facebook event page. Bloggers, be sure to join the blog hop at the end of this post to share your stories!
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