I walked my dogs the other day around our normal route. It’s a bit over a mile looping through my neighborhood. We were really huffing it and I was proud of them! I kind of used dinner as a motivation… “Ready to eat?” is the go-to question and they both know exactly what it means. I ask this especially when they get stuck on sniffing one blade of grass for 5 minutes.
They were real champs though. What normally takes a bit over 30 minutes was about to happen in under 25 minutes!! We break records here in Nashville. I guess they were really looking forward to dinner, huh?
We were about a minute from the house, which I could see in the distance. Then it happened. Well, I should say earlier it happened… someone tossed out a half eaten candy bar! Who DOES that? So, of course, my beagle (who’s really a nose with a dog attached to it) found it and inhaled everything. I quickly shoved my hand in her mouth so she wouldn’t eat the wrapper along with the chocolate and barely avoided her sharp teeth and firm bite! I pulled out the wrapper, which seemed to just slowly slither out of her mouth as she fully disagreed with what I was doing.
At this point my hand is covered with dog slobber and wet chocolate. Lovely.
The idea of making it home in record time was still possible, but it wouldn’t be under 25 minutes. It was 26 minutes. That lazy person throwing out their chocolate bar ruined everything!!
OK, not really. We still had a good walk even though it ended with some drama. I mean, have you ever had to simultaneously keep two dogs away from human food, while one of them is doing everything she can to eat everything she can? It can be wild, I tell ya!
-Out of the Wilderness