A couple of weeks ago, on Saturday, Maddie got a bit of a bonus. We left the house early, to get our walk in before it started raining. I agreed to a long walk, which means around the back of the ball fields in Veterans Park. On the way home, we ran into an older woman who has an annoying way of walking her dog. She lets the dog crawl all over people’s yards, sniffing for the best place to do its business. She’s not fond of cleaning up after it either. I’ve asked her to keep her dog out of our yard, but I can’t really ask her to move along smartly. Since Maddie can’t stand to have anyone behind her, we had to change our route home to avoid passing them. That meant and even longer walk.
The next day, we were once again expecting rain, so we left early for a short walk. Maddie knows what a short walk is – we cross the street and turn around just past the entrance to the park. I tell her “short walk” and she usually accepts the fact. This time, as we approached the entry to the park, she tried her little trick – she herded me into the park. Pet owners understand talking to your pet:
“I thought we were going on a short walk!”
She looked up and smiled, all happy-dog like. I stopped to take a picture. She tugged a little, at which point we had this little conversation:
“If you’re going to drag me through the park, I’m going to take some pictures.”
“If you’re going to take pictures, I’m going to sniff stuff.”
“You always sniff stuff.”
“And you always take pictures, so we’re even.”
“We’re not even. We agreed on a short walk.”
“I’ll sit outside with you later.”
“You love sitting outside – that’s not making us even.”
“Here, I’ll give you a kiss. Besides, this is healthy for both of us.”
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