A few weeks ago, I tried taking Isis for a walk before class, to help get her focused, since running her around in the yard only revved her up. I thought to myself, as I had every time I watched the Dog Whisperer, “I should really wake up earlier and take her for a walk every morning.”

I meant to last week, but it didn’t work out. Yesterday, I was too exhausted from scratching my itchy bee sting finger all night to get out of bed, but this morning, finally, I did it. Backpack and all.

A woman in our dog class has told us on more than one occasion that she takes her dog on long walks, with a backpack, and she puts water bottles in the sides to add weight. As if she invented the process. C’mon, lady, I watch the Dog Whisperer too. I don’t use water bottles though. Sprite cans. Which came in handy as a cold compress when I got stung by a bee on Sunday.

I think the morning walks will not only benefit Isis’ training and overall mental fitness (I gave up on the anti-anxiety meds, by the way), but also allow me to continue to eat ice cream three times a day without gaining weight. Oh, also, since I was dressed and everything before our walk, I managed to get to work by 9:10.

Isis was in a super mood after the walk. She positively bounded into her crate.

Published by Kari Neumeyer

Writer, editor, dog mom, ovarian cancer survivor

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