Bunny here at the keyboard writing about something that I look forward to every year.
The first week of October is National Walk Your Dog Week. Now, I know, you’re probably thinking that every day should be walk your dog day, but sometimes walks get overlooked for a variety of reasons. Maybe the weather is bad, or you or your dog is hurt or under the weather. Sometimes life just gets really busy. If you’ve gotten out of the habit of regular walks, get ready to walk your dog this week.
My family has a tradition of going to different places for our walks each day during this week, just to celebrate it and make it more fun. It happens during part of my human’s break from work each year, which is another reason we take advantage of it to get out and see some new places besides our regular everyday walking route.
We have several places picked out, and are undecided on a few.
Flattery and I have one guest star committed to walking with us on one special day this week that we’ll talk about later. We’d be thrilled if we could find another guest star or two, but we don’t think we have time. Maybe we’ll luck out, though. It would be especially fun if we could find another Greyhound to join us.
One thing we like is that this week helps us to transition to walking in different conditions.
Soon, we’ll be walking in the dark in cooler conditions. It’s a good reminder to check our gear and make sure our things that light up have good batteries, that our leashes and their snaps are in good condition and that the other things we use are in good shape. Nobody wants a surprise that ends up in unsafe situations, and even normal wear and tear can cause things to break or come apart. We’ve also got our tummy warmers ready, refills for our poop bag dispensers and our ID tags up to date.
There are lots of fun ways that you can celebrate National Walk Your Dog Week.
You don’t have to go to a different place every day to enjoy this week. The most important thing is to go out and walk with your dog. You can just take a special weekend walk, or invite some friends to walk with you once or twice, or even just take a different route in your neighborhood. Think of ways to make it more meaningful for both human and dog. Make time to take your time during one walk, instead of always telling your dog not to sniff things and to hurry up. Instead, smell a few flowers or the brisk Autumn air for yourself.
Also remember that walking together has health benefits for both human and dog. It’s good for your heart and helps keep you in shape. It’s also good for your brain and mental health, both in human and dog. It can help prevent dementia and canine cognitive disorder. Getting out and taking a walk is also good for your spirit. Nobody should be plugged in to the electronic world all the time. Taking in the real world is important, too.
I plan to make the most of this week with my human and I hope all of you do, too!