I always wanted a walking buddy since my friend Linda (who was my walking buddy) became sick. Now Linda was a great walking buddy, but I must admit there were times we could talk each other out of going - it was too hot, too rainy..... yep it was! Well walking friends are hard to come by so
I decided perhaps it was time to get a dog.
I felt a bit guilty getting a dog because I work full time and the poor guy would be home all day alone - which sounds like the makings of a perfect storm!
Well, I found Tucker. My new walking buddy. Yippee!
Yep, Tucker loves to go for walks - as in LONG walks. He doesn't care if it is raining, dark, cold - he just wants to walk. We have a routine. I get home from work, put on my walking clothes and out we go.
The first cold, rainy day I decided no walk. Tucker went to the hallway and pulled his leash off the leash rack and brought it to me. I felt guilty, so put on my somewhat of a raincoat and headed out with him. We went around the block and I was going to make the turn to go home - but he wasn't done yet! He grabbed the leash and started tugging me the opposite direction of home. I got the hint. OK, I won't melt - so on we walked. Score one for that walking buddy!
Sunday it was cold here in Michigan, the rain turned to freezing rain and then sleety snow. I decided no walk. It was cold and slippery. I didn't want to fall. However, Tucker had other ideas. Again he got his leash. I explained to him there would be no walk. I hung the leash back up. He whined and tugged it back down.
I dug in the closet found my warm boots, my down coat, put on the long underwear and wool socks, gloves, hat, scarf - and got the leash off the rack. Tucker was one happy dog!
We walked down to the creek.
He looked longingly to the other side. On we walked. He was covered with snow from sniffing all the bushes and branches. We ran into other dog walkers, a couple dedicated runners, a man taking photos and a couple of college girls who said they felt like they discovered their own private Narnia (which they were sharing with us).
I noticed icicles were forming on Tuckers face! So we turned to head back to the car. What a beautiful walk in the woods, which I would have missed if it were not for my persistent walking buddy!
I have a walking buddy that does not like to take no for an answer! Tonight it is a balmy 6 degrees out there - but I will be bundling up and going around the block - or more!
So, if you are wishing for a walking buddy...... be careful what you wish for! You just might get it!