These Dogs Are Not Going To Walk Themselves

26 Jun

As a child, we always had dogs. However, I was never given the responsibility to walk, water or feed them. As an adult, when we expanded our family to include (Princess) Luna, I was puzzled by her barking, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. A quick toodle on YouTube and I found trainer Zak George and his helpful suggestions of taking dogs for daily walks, duh!

You may or may not know that once you do anything a few times with a dog, it quickly goes from a one off, to a habit, to a demand. Their internal clock tells you when it’s time to eat, walk and snack. Once a dog is allowed on the furniture, it takes a LOT of persistence, aka an act of God to break the habit. Our dogs have nothing better to do but wait us out. And they have far more patience.


This week on Thursday we had an an arms’ long list of errands to run in preparation for Lisa’s trip to the US. By evening I was so tired that I fell asleep on the couch at 6pm. Of course Stela jumped on me at 7 for her final potty and snack. That dog will kill for food.

Stela the trouble maker.

Come Friday I declared a day of rest. No gym, no swimming, no leaving my hammock ALL DAY. It was a wonderful idea, until around 8am when I felt two pairs of eyes on me. It was time for the morning walk. I was loathe to get to my feet, change into mosquito-proof clothing and pull on my shoes. It’s a good thing I love these dogs, that’s all I have to say. And besides they’re awfully cute.


8 Responses to “These Dogs Are Not Going To Walk Themselves”

  1. Karen Hodgens June 26, 2022 at 11:14 am #

    How many times have I heard, “why don’t you get a dog.” I’ve always been a “cat girl” and I don’t see that changing.

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    • afish25 June 26, 2022 at 11:17 am #

      I think if we didn’t live in the jungle, it would be a lot easier. I know cats have their quirks too. And there’s always the litter box 😆


  2. emilys72016 June 26, 2022 at 2:05 pm #

    Your dogs are so adorable. They do quickly adapt to a walking routine, and it’s very hard to say no, even when you are busy, not feeling well, or the weather is terrible. Still, I’d give anything to have our sweet Paisley back; we recently had to put her down at age 14. In her last two years I had to take her on walks many times a day due to kidney issues. I had a hard time getting anything done, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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    • afish25 June 26, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

      You are so right. We miss them longer than we have them. And they teach us selflessness.


  3. Jack Scott June 27, 2022 at 3:56 am #

    That’s why we won’t get a dog despite living in perfect dog walking territory! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Emilie August 24, 2022 at 11:22 am #

    Mosquito proof clothing? I need to know about this!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 24, 2022 at 11:25 am #

      I’m actually not minding the mosquitoes so much. They come and go w the rain. I cover up or use natural repellent.


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