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Walking Buddy

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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!
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  • MARYINFL2000
    I love it! I have 3 ...ahhh...not so easy to walk. It's more like a drag. My furkids need training and it's really hard to try to get one out alone. Soooo....all 3 go but each wants to be first. I have 2 pit bull rescues and 1 german shepherd rescue which totals over 200 lbs of pulling power. I'm lucky my knuckles don't drag the ground! I now live in FL but was born and raised in MI. What part are you from? I came from the small town of Byron, which is between Flint and Howell. Tucker seems like a very helpful fellow!
    2357 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2015 9:14:21 PM
    love it!! i have a golden retriever who is not a great walker - i wish she was - but i would not trade her for the world!!

    2358 days ago
    what a great blog. I truly loved reading it. I to am from Michigan and can relate to the weather. Beautiful pictures. Sharon
    2360 days ago
    So, if you are wishing for a walking buddy...... be careful what you wish for! You just might get it!

    This is EXACTLY what went through my mind as I read your blog, Barb!!! LOLOLOL.
    But good for you! I know the JOY and GRATITUDE in having my SmokeyBoy make me walk, when for myself, I would not. I look at him while we bounce around the 'hood and I just smile and say 'thank you, Baby' because I may have saved his life at that shelter six years ago, but he saves mine a little bit every day!!!

    GOOD FOR YOU and TUCKER!! He's beautiful!!!

    2360 days ago
    great blog and great pictures! i always say that pelle (our border collie) is our personal gym membership. he is ALWAYS ready for a walk. he gets icicles on his whiskers too in single digit weather. he was always ready for a walk (or to go snowshoeing) and his only complaint is if it is warm enough for ice balls to form between his pads. buddy is a lucky guy to have found someone to take him for walks, and you are lucky to have such a great walking buddy! emoticon
    2360 days ago
    What a perfect walking buddy! I have one too. He is very persistent about going for a walk. emoticon
    2360 days ago
    Such a pretty dog; I've got one of those walking buddies also!
    2360 days ago
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    loved this story . you are right they love there walks. it is good for them also keeps them in good shape. Love your pics! emoticon
    2360 days ago
    Barb, it sounds like you found the perfect walking buddy! emoticon
    2360 days ago
    I have 2 walking buddies... they are great and exhausting.

    Tucker is a handsome fellow. May you have many beautiful walks together!
    Love the pictures.
    2360 days ago
    What an awesome walking buddy!!! I had to put my dog down the day before Thanksgiving, and I am still reeling from it, but there was no choice. In his best days, he was a great walking buddy. His legs were deteriorating for several years, so he wasn't a great walking buddy for awhile. But on Sunday DH and I went to a park. It was relatively warm (in the 50s, I think) but damp, so it felt colder and wasn't really the best day for a walk. But there were quite a few people out there with dogs. They really are the best, aren't they?

    I am a slave to my Fitbit, and my average step down has gone down a lot since he is gone. Some of this is weather related, of course. But he was probably good for at least 2,000 steps on most days.

    Will probably get a new dog at some point but I am just not ready yet.

    He's beautiful!!!!
    2360 days ago
    Your walking buddy Tucker, should meet my walking buddy Rocky! Good for Tucker in getting you out there :)
    2360 days ago
    You definitely went walking in a winter wonderland! What gorgeous photos!
    2360 days ago
    great pictures
    2361 days ago
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    2361 days ago
    I have 3 walking buddies. They love to go to the park with me. I`m glad Buddy has you for a new parent. He is one lucky boy.

    Susan emoticon
    2361 days ago
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