As I sit here writing about National Walk Your Dog Month, my shepherd/collie mix Cody is stretched out on his side lying by my desk waiting as patiently as he can for me to finally step away from my computer and take him for a walk. With temperatures reaching below zero in many parts of the country, I have no excuse from pushing away from my desk to enjoy a leisurely walk with my dog in the mild temperature of Las Vegas. So, here we go….
Cody lives for his walks. He should be the ambassador for National Walk Your Dog Month. The dog won’t chase after a ball, chew on a bone, play tug-of-war or engage in any typical canine activity. He ONLY wants to go for a walk. I blame his lack of interest on the animal hoarder who raised him for the first two years of his life. While he wasn’t abused in any way, Cody was confined to a homemade dog crate about the size of a dining room table. When he was finally set free, the overwhelming desire to walk and keep moving took over.
Cody’s walks have to be a specific distance too. You can’t fool him with a jog just down the street; he insists we walk to the “big loop” at the end of our neighborhood where the sidewalk widens and all of the good dog smells, start. If you’re running late and try to shorten his walk, even by a few yards, he’ll look you in the eye with an expression that says, “I’m very disappointed in you.” So, here we go…..
It’s nearly dusk and the lack of sun is making the temperature cool, but I can’t tell Cody he has to wait until tomorrow. And we won’t understand that I went to the gym earlier and already walked two miles on the treadmill. So, here we go….
You know it’s almost time for dinner and I probably could distract him with the promise of a bowl of food, but it’s National Walk Your Dog Month and since I decided to write about the importance of exercising your dog to keep him healthy and prolong his life, I have to follow through or look like a lazy dog parent. So, here we go….
Cody got his walk and boy was he happy. January is National Walk Your Dog Month; please walk
your dog EVERYDAY!
A satisfied customer!
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