Animals, Cats, Dogs

Dogs and the Art of Walking

I have been walking dogs for 6 years now and I never get tired of it. My clients range from tiny Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzus, to large Golden Retrievers and Yellow Labs. Of course, there is always the lovable mutt, who always has a great personality and winning ways.

Simon, Golden Retriever, loves to walk in the snow.
Simon, Golden Retriever, loves to walk in the snow.
There is never a day that goes by that I don’t feel really lucky to be working in a profession where my clients give unconditional love, and never complain. We are outside walking, me and my furry friends – through various neighborhoods, taking in all our surroundings – a fun daily excursion! No matter what the weather, we go walking. I’ve learned to appreciate, snow, sleet, rain and of course, those beautiful sunny days which are few and far between in Minnesota. There is no weather that can’t be tolerated if you dress appropriately. Like mom always said, “make sure you wear a hat and mittens.”

I have also learned that dogs and cats are the most appreciative beings on the face of the planet. Pets will always give love and always accept you, just the way you are. Because of this, I know that I have the best job in the world.

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Walking in the Snow – Dogs Don’t Mind

It never ceases to amaze me, the resiliency of dogs. Here in Minnesota, we have been having some of the coldest temperatures of the decade. Minus 10 and 20 below zero, for weeks on end! On top of that, we have about 3 feet of snow on the ground! It has been challenging to walk dogs, to say the least. My customers all live within the same area, Lakeville, Prior Lake, Eagan and Savage. Suffice it to say, that I feel very lucky that I can wear layered clothing. But, all the dogs I walk, have nothing more than a stylish fur coat on. Yes, they all seem to enjoy being outside, no matter what the weather. We have a lot to learn from our good friend, the dog: Enjoy life no matter what the weather and just roll with the snow.

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Frannie and Ellie, The Labrador Girls from Lakeville, MN, enjoy their winter walk before dinner.
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Lovable Simon, Golden Retriever from Lakeville, MN, is impervious to the cold – he so enjoys taking long walks, no matter how cold it is.
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Sweet Daphne, funny, cute Corgi from Prior Lake, MN, loves rolling around in the newly fallen snow.
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Dundee Goes for a Walk

Poor Dundee! It was minus 18 below zero when I woke up today. Dundee. An adorable Shepard, still needed to go potty, freezing weather or not. We went out for 2 walks today. He did his potties as quickly as he could. Once back inside in the comfort if his cozy home on Prior Lake, he flopped over and just wanted his tummy rubbed. I was happy to oblige.

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