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Walking the dog - or not

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

As I said yesterday – I am really hoping to be back on Spark regularly – I miss so much about daily contact here – and so does my body.
This is Bollie.

I used to walk the this Staffie, Bollie – short for Bollinger - from the local pub, fairly regularly – partly because I love her a lot and partly because it was good for extra movement in the day – for her and for me. I’m the world’s worse at sinking into the sofa if I have nothing specific to do. Sadly, her owners decided ultimately that they would hand her walks over to a local Dog Walking company to save scheduling problems. Made me sad and took away my impetus to walk more.
Right now I’m having a hard time finding time for long walks due to my partner’s illness and the regular care and attention he needs, so I can’t spare the time for my Walking Group. I can feel that it is affecting my well-being in ways I don’t much like.

This is Esme – my grandsons’ puppy.

Don’t think I’ve posted her photo before but may have mentioned I had her to stay a while ago when she was really tiny because her family were driving from the South of England to far North of Scotland for a wedding and she was too young to go with them - or to go kennels. She’s a dear little dog – a Pug/Shih Tszu cross (PugTszu apparently) bred for a gentle nature and as a good companion for children. We had a great time together – and as I live in a flat and she was so young, I had to walk her in the gardens outside many times a day for her ‘personal needs’. The gardens are very pretty with a great view of the sea, so along with her sweet nature I enjoyed it all very much and met lots of new people - walking THEIR dogs. I also found that regular short walks throughout the day suited me well and I felt much perkier while she was with me. This last week I saw a dog walker whom I got to know when walking Esme and he was looking to see where she was running. ‘Oh,’ said I jokingly – I’m just pretending to walk her – she’s gone home.’ And then I thought – actually I really could stick with that routine and do regular 15 minute walks as a longer one is not always possible at the moment because my partner needs me. So I now call out as I leave my flat 3 or 4 times a day –‘just going to walk the dog’ and my partner regularly asks on my return - ‘Did Esme enjoy her walk?’ Otherwise now known as' doing an Esme'.
Madness, I know – but it suits me and keeps me moving. Anything that does that HAS to be a good thing. emoticon emoticon
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    I love that...doing the Esme! You two sound like a cute couple! Good for you! I know those walks can really help with stress! Is Gerry too weak to go with you maybe on one of those strolls?
    Such an adorable puppy! Never heard of that mix before. Ever seen a Morkie cross breed...talk about adorable. Seen one in person and fell in love. Wish I wasn't allergic to dogs or I would have one of those! Too sad about your walks with Bollie being cut off. Soon maybe you can be back with your walking group. I am sure they understand.
    Thanks for blogging again...like seeing you back. My best to you both. emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 11/14/2017 1:52:57 PM
    Thank you.
    1250 days ago
    Thanx for sharing
    1250 days ago
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