A walk on the healthy side

Going for a walk is one of the highlights of my day. Most people know that the exercise is beneficial to dogs and humans, but I think a walk is about so much more than getting some exercise so I’m going to talk about some of the other benefits.

For me, it’s quality time with one, or more, of my bipeds. I don’t have to share them with any of the many tasks that bipeds find to do for most of the day, their focus is on enjoying the time with me. The cats stay at home while we’re out for a walk – I love the cats but it’s lovely to get all the attention from my bipeds for a while! Quality time together improves the bond between dog and humans.

It is mentally stimulating for me to be able to sniff and find out what is going on in the neighbourhood. Humans miss most of the messages left by other dogs and wildlife, which is surprising as the messages are usually left in obvious places – on trees in the countryside and on street lights in urban areas! This means that even a short walk near to home is interesting as I get to know who has been in the area and when they were there.

Clowie, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees strolling in the mountains

I’m just strolling in the mountains – biped in tow

I have my favourite walks – they all include a stream. I love having a splash in cool water and the opportunity to take a drink – it always tastes better than the water my bipeds are carrying. I also enjoy it when we walk somewhere new because it’s an adventure!

When I was younger we always did some training while we were out. It was often things I’d been doing at home in our garden and I was asked to do them while we were out – it’s always much harder when there are distractions! I also encountered all sorts of people and animals while out on my walks as part of my socialisation.

I still get to show off some of my skills, and keep them honed, when we’re out on a walk. People often want to make a fuss of me and I’m always polite. Sometimes they just want to talk to my bipeds and I sit and show how very patient I am.

Most of my walks are in the countryside as that’s what we enjoy the most, but sometimes we go to a busy place where I see lots of traffic and people. I show that I remember to wait at the kerb until my biped says that it’s safe for us to cross. Sometimes someone will touch me unexpectedly and I take it in my stride (pun intended)!

I try to ensure that my bipeds focus on me during a walk, this is because I think it’s a special time for them to relax and forget about all the day to day things that concern them. I also help them to enjoy the simple pleasures of life such as splashing in a muddy puddle or pausing to sniff a wild flower. I’m not sure why they like sniffing flowers when there are always more interesting things to sniff, but they seem to enjoy it and it gives me more time to sniff things that are interesting!

The Cinnamon Trust

I’d like to mention The Cinnamon Trust, a charity based in the UK. They assist the terminally ill and the elderly to look after their pets. They have a network of volunteers who will do things like taking a dog for a regular walk.

Update on Milo

I interviewed Milo when he was a cheeky young pup and I told you that he was accepted for guide dog school. He’s now a working guide dog. Congratulations and very best wishes, Milo!

Milo's tweet about qualifying as a guide dog

See you next Wednesday!

60 thoughts on “A walk on the healthy side

  1. I would say that going on walks is your most favourite thing to do Clowie, you enjoy it so much!
    Great news about Milo getting qualified to be a working guide dog, I love to hear follow-ups like this!

    • Yes, I’ve always loved going for a walk. It’s a lovely part of my day.
      It is great that Milo qualified, I thought everyone would like to know.

  2. I think walks are great fun!

  3. mollieandalfie

    I love going out on walks, to the beach and the field with my ball 🙂 Have a super week Clowie xxxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. Clowie I know that you love walking the countryside with your bipeds……you do have some lovely adventures. I think it’s great that your friend Milo is now a guide dog – that’s such a HUGE and wonderful job to have……

    Hugs, Sammy

    • I do have some great adventures, Sammy. Yes, I was really pleased to hear that Milo qualified, it’s lovely news!

  5. We are all big walk fans at my house too. We have our favorite spots, our long walk spots, the short walk spots, and we love new places. You look real good on the leash leading your human along. Happy walking…but stay home during the World Cup Final, Katie says it will be a good one!

    • It’s lovely to have a selection of favourite walks of different lengths and it’s always fun to explore somewhere new.
      I’m really looking forward to the World Cup Final, I’ll make sure not to miss it!

  6. Walks are very special, C. You called it right! I am still working on my skills while I walk. Plus, I try to sneak in a street nap along the way…

    Love and licks and some of those gravy bones Milo mentioned,

    • I sometimes take a quick nap when we go on a long hike, but I usually wait till we get home. I started to feel hungry when Milo mentioned gravy bones!

  7. You have some beautiful countryside to walk in Clowie! I love walking too, it makes me happy.. 🙂 The Cinnamon Trust is an awesome way to help the elderly!!!!

    • Walking is a wonderful way to relax, the highlight of my day!
      Yes, the things they do make a big difference in the lives of people with difficulties.

  8. Looks like a wonderful place to walk. Congrats to Milo!

  9. I am so glad you enjoy your walks Clowie!! Over here in the states it can be trying at times especially if owners of other animals do not follow the laws! we have been attacked by unguarded animals (you know unchained or not fenced in just dogs on the loose!) Can be very frightening, but Jeep handles it well! Congratulation MIlo I know you will do well!!!!!

    • We have occasionally had problems with loose dogs that don’t know how to behave, but I think it worries my bipeds far more than it does me! It’s great news about Milo!

  10. I agree with you, walks are good for peeps&pets. The fresh air brings fresh ideas and after a walk you are best prepared for work (bipeds) or a nap (me). I also like a fresh drink from a puddle or a creek, think all “kids” like a dine out or a “drink out”. Congrats to Milo!

    • You’re right about the fresh ideas in the fresh air, Easy! I’m like you, I usually take a nap as soon as we get back from a walk. It’s lovely news about Milo!

  11. We pawsitively love going for walks. So many wonderful benefits 🙂

  12. We sniff our leashes when it’s time for our walk and agree with you on all the benefits. BTW: really grrrrrreat photo of you, Clowie.

    Wonderful group, The Cinnamon Trust. Bless them for this compassionate work.

    Way to go Milo! How exciting.

    Have a great day to you, your bipeds, and kitty siblings. wag wag, Max, Bella, & Lady

    • It is exciting when it’s time for a walk. I have to remind my bipeds occasionally, but they’re usually almost as keen to go out as I am.
      The work that The Cinnamon Trust do makes such a big difference to the people and animals they help.
      I knew you’d be pleased to hear about Milo!

  13. I agree! Regular walks are important for both mental and physical health – for me and my dogs!

  14. I would just love to be able to walk my pack through the mountains like that!
    Except, when we stop to talk to people, not all of my huskies sit patiently and wait like you! BOL!!!! Quite the opposite actually!
    Huge congrats to Milo!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • I am lucky to be able to walk in some fantastic places! HA ha, do you get pulled in all directions? It’s great to hear that Milo qualified!

  15. Clowie, You are so thoughtful and well behaved, I am so sure your bipeds love you so much. It is a pleasure to hear of your advsntures, and I do get the need to have some quality time away from the cats, that alone I am sure is worth the effort. Please take care, and thank you for sharing your adventures. Biped Bill

    • Thank you, I think they do! The cats are sweet little pals, but it is nice to have all the attention for a while and I really enjoy going out with my bipeds!

  16. Clowie if I lived in a beautiful place like you do, maybe I would like walks! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  17. I love walkies too, though my park isn’t as nice as your mountains

  18. Walks would be so much more fun if I had a view like that! Congratulations to Milo!

  19. I’ve heard about the Cinnamon Trust…my parents have a friend with a Guide Dog (she had two – one retired till recently when she sadly went to the kennel in the sky). Cath’ is not confident to walk her dog now and therefore has two lovely ladies from the Cinnamon Trust who regularly come to take her Guide Dog out. Great people 🙂 Walks are wonderful Clowie! You’re right, it’s a great way to bond and if training can be incorporated all the better I say!

    • Walking a dog for someone can make all the difference in the world.
      I love going for walks and it is just as important mentally as physically. Pausing for some training or a game can make things more interesting.

  20. Clowie, you have the most beautiful places to walk! Have you ever taken one of the cats with you on a walk?

    • I am lucky to get take some fantastic walks! Pippin has followed us sometimes for a part of the way. He is only allowed in a cat-proof part of the garden these days though and Mulberry has never been further outside than the garden.

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