How to Walk Your Dog (written by a dog)
I'm Halle. I was named after Halle Berry (hope she doesn't mind), probably because I am black and beautiful. My fur is very shiny and soft; I think that is because I get petted and hugged all the time. My chest, paws, feet, and tip of my tail are white. Other dogs think I have socks on.
Someone actually didn't want me and they took me to the dogpound when I was only 4 months old. It was really scary, but I was only there for a couple of days, because a nice family came to get me and they made me part of their family. I was very sick with something called kennel cough and some other bad things called parasites. It took 3 weeks for me to be healthy again but that is all in the past and I am very healthy and happy now.
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Listen to Your Dog
So I was thinking the other day... (yes dogs do think, mostly about food, chasing cats, and sniffing stuff) but this time I was thinking about the walk. You know, the much anticipated walk we dogs get to go on. I was thinking how great it would be if I could talk and tell my owner some important things about the walk. This is what I would say:
First off, let me sniff everything. This is what I love to do. You would be very surprised by the amount of information I learn from smelling things. When I'm in my own yard, there's not much to sniff, but on a walk, I can tell if another dog or other animal has been where I am. My nose is pretty amazing - it can tell a lot about the other animals that have passed by. It can also sense danger and makes me aware of it so that I can protect you.
Second, don't pull on me every time I stop to urinate. I save it up for our walks so I can mark as many spots as possible. I want other dogs to know that I was there and that I will be back. It is an instinctive behavior that I need to follow.
Also, take your time. You are always in a hurry and this is my time. Humans need to slow down and smell the poop (well roses for you guys). I've got a lot of looking to do. You should try it! You miss out on a lot.
And please don't get mad every time I beg you to take me for a walk. I just want to go sooo bad and I need exercise (and you do too). Besides you always feel refreshed after a walk; it gives you time to clear your head. Right? I will be calmer the rest of the day and I bet your day will be better too.
If we miss a day or two of walking, I will have loads of energy stored up. We could play fetch in the house with my toy instead. When we do go for the walk, you could jog with me for a little while because I will want to go faster than usual.
Lastly and most importantly, tell me that I'm a good dog. I really am and I love you, not just on our walks, but all the time.
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