In honor of Koly and Kelly’s K9 Kamp, the name of my blog, and the fact that this is something I do A LOT of, today’s post is about going for a walk. It seems strange that I haven’t written more about this, but really, when you go on at least two walks a day, it becomes something mundane and not blogworthy.
However, the first week’s challenge in K9 Kamp is to walk a minimum of 60 minutes. Gwynn and I were totally game. I’ve been warned that this is the easy/warmup/practically-not-a-challenge challenge, but the fact remains – walking, I can do.
Gwynn hasn’t even missed out on swimming and dog-park time, since the nearest dog park is about a 20 minute walk away, and the nearest water I’m willing to let him go into is about the same.
I’ll admit, not all these pictures are from the same walk, or the same season… but they give a general idea of what a walk, for Gwynn and I, is all about. I’m just not good at bringing out my camera or phone on walks.
For the challenge week, we made it out every day for at least 60 minutes. I tried to increase my walking speed, but, to be honest, I have no idea if it actually increased all that much. I tend to enjoy watching the scenery, and tend to slow down when I’m not thinking ‘walk faster than usual, walk faster than usual’. We walked with Sadie for a lot of the walks, which certainly helped ensure that Gwynn got an extra bit of running.
So, without further ado: A walkthrough of a typical walk!
Proper footwear is key.
given the choice, I’d be barefoot… this is the next-best-thing, though soon I’ll have to put them away for the colder weather.
given the choice, he’d be barefoot… and he is, most of the time. But the snow packs in between his pads and hurts him. He’s willing to tolerate the doggy boots, though I regularly have to go searching in the snow for that lost boot after a romp. I'd have shown a pic of him outside, using them, but the only time you can really see the boots in the deep snow is when I'm holding one in my hand after it's fallen off. Anyone else who's used dog boots, please recommend a better brand to me! I am very disappointed in the muttlucks. I shouldn't have had to add snaps and repair frayed edges in the first month of ownership.
We usually start off in the neighbourhood.
before I started walking Gwynn, I had no idea just how many people in my area own dogs. And walking with a dog is like an invitation to talk. Talk to people working in the front yard, talking to people who are walking the opposite direction, people who are walking in the same direction, people across the street, people in cars at stop signs. Everyone. And that’s not even counting all the people who are with their own dogs.
We like to go into the creek valley…
... though we have to be careful of coyotes, especially recently. This pic is from just after we got Gwynn's hair cut! he's so tiny!
To the dog park…
well... this shot isn't exactly the dog park... but certainly a field that they love to run around in!
To the beach…
especially now that Gwynn has learned to swim and loves to swim. He's such a scrawny fellow under all that fluff! This is a pic from just before his haircut, so fluffy!
Gwynn’s favourite walks are the ones that Sadie comes on.
They’re Sadie’s favourite, too, I think!
Check out Kol’s Notes and Peggy’s Pet Place for a recap of how other people did on the first week of the Kamp challenge!