Back to the dog walking routine

I spent most of the Christmas break not doing much of anything, knowing our activities schedule will double as of January. I wanted to rest and charge my batteries as much as possible.

This is what it’s like nowadays when a summer sport has an ‘off-season’. In our case it’s baseball. For both kids. The indoor training sessions begin now, and sometime in May (hopefully) the outdoor practices will begin at the local diamonds. (This is true for competitive sports, not recreational ones.)

And January inevitably arrived, so now we’re back to routine and school and twice as many activities and…

Dog walking is back!


Remember Jasper?

His regular walking schedule didn’t start up again till this week, but I saw him on the weekend walking in the ‘hood with his humans… they lifted him into the car and we had a very joyful reunion for a few minutes!

This week Jasper and I were reunited again for our lunchtime walks. On Tuesday however he knew something was different. When I arrived and sat on the step to allow for the usual meet and greet, he stopped and started sniffing me intently.

Something wasn’t normal…😊

He’s right, something was different. I had, in fact, cheated on him earlier that morning. I had been with another dog. πŸ™ƒ

Right before Christmas, I received a notification that someone needed a puppy walked a couple of times per week as of January. Would I be able to take him on? He’s only 11 weeks…

So I went over to check him out.

How can anyone turn down a puppy?

The little guy took to me immediately, but it didn’t take long to notice that he considers every stranger in his line of vision his Best! Friend! Forever!

Oh the look of disappointment when those humans take a bigger interest in their phone, their food, their friends, the traffic…πŸ˜‰

Last week, while Jasper was still away, I got to walk and play with this puppy a couple of times. We got acquainted and by this week he was even more thrilled to see me than he was last week. If that’s even possible. 😜

All dogs, but especially puppies, have a way of putting smiles on our faces, don’t they? While Jasper’s reaction to meeting dogs and people are mostly happy occasions, the reactions of an uncoordinated, floppy and inexperienced puppy are happy on a different level. They just love everyone and everything so much!

Today’s lesson on our walk was that pine cones may look like balls or chew toys, but they have spikes and are awkward to carry around. Also a leaf or random piece of garbage flying into the street should not be chased as this is a sure way of ending up hit by a car. πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒπŸ˜Š

But sitting on command, that didn’t take long to learn. All *my* dogs are very good at that and receive their well-deserved treat when they obey “sit”, accompanied by a hand sign as well.

I don’t walk the puppy and Jasper together. I take care of puppy first, then I go walk Jasper after. Jasper and I have our little routine which suits as well. Besides, puppies need a lot of hands on…everything! Trust me.

No you can’t eat the leash!
No you can’t eat garbage!
No you can’t just dash into the street at will!
No you can’t chew my scarf/hair/phone/bag/shoes/socks or [insert random item on your person]…

I’m currently sitting on the couch typing out this post with my legs up on a pillow. After three weeks of laziness and inactivity, it’s going to take me a little time to get back into my walking routine. πŸ˜‰ My legs are sore, tight and stiff.

Now, how does one get a teenager off the couch? I tried to entice him to join me on the Tuesday walk by giving him a choice, Jasper or puppy, but he wasn’t ready yet. Boy’s battling a bit of an illness, but some light exercise and fresh air to get the circulation back into his legs probably would have been good for him.

But what do I know, I’m just a dog-walking-hockeymom. 😁😏

And so, routine has us well engulfed in yet another busy semester. At least this way, winter will pass by quick…that’s the story I’m sticking with anyway.


17 Replies to “Back to the dog walking routine”

  1. Aww what a cutie ! We have always had a dog but after having our last pups pass away several yrs ago… we haven’t been able to adjust to getting close to another . My daughters cat who I basically cat sit while she is at work because this cat is not much for being home alone helps a bit but you know there nothing like a dog!. Such a nice thing you have going for youπŸ™‚

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  2. Dogs are great. Mine died a few years ago and, while we have agreed to adopt another one, we don’t yet have the time to look after one properly.

    Once the boys are a bit older, though…

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    1. We waited too. Our kids were young when Rusty died, then started competitive sports, and I just couldn’t take on one more thing. So we started dog sitting when friends or neighbors went away, and it scratched that itch, you know? Without the permanent responsibilities…

      Now I walk for cash while kids are in school. It’s the perfect arrangement for us. 😊


      1. It sounds like you were where we are now. When Lexi died, the twins were too young for us to consider taking on any more responsibilities and now the all need ferrying to after school activities.

        Give it a year or so and the eldest will be able to take on some of the dog walking, and he’s keen to do so, at which point we will go straight to the rescue centre.

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  3. So cute! I’ve got a large German Shepherd who I can’t walk because he hates other dogs & I can’t control him if we encounter one! So me & my hubby walk him together. But I would love to walk other people’s nice, friendlier dogs for them, might look into it… x

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    1. We had a dog who had fear, i.e. aggression toward other dogs. We hired a K9 specialist who trained us the proper way to hold, control and walk a dog like that. Rusty got better but never to the point of complete comfort. He was with us for 10 years, most of that time prior to kids. He died when my now 11yo was 2. This is one reason the puppy owners asked me. They know my experience, and their puppy will be big, I’m helping them teach proper handling. It’s cute now when he jumps and lunges but won’t be when he gets to be 80 pounds, as you well know. 😊

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      1. My dog got bit by another on a walk which has caused his fear, I have tried several training programmes but maybe I should try again. We have made his walks longer this year which is improving his aggression, probably because he gets tired! But maybe this will help too… Thanks for the advise… X

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