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Put Down the Cell Phone

Updated on September 3, 2017

I take my dog for her first walk just after I feed her at 6 a.m. every morning. It is so peaceful at that time of the day. The air is so still, it is just starting to get light, and often we see no one.

I take Cookie for many walks everyday, usually about 8 times. She loves walks and I do too. At my age walking is good to keep healthy, something that I very well need. I usually see the same people everyday and have become friends with many of them. Often we stop and chat with each other as our dogs get some time together.

Other times during the day I see the same people that have the phone permanently up to their ear. They are blabbing away with their dog in tow. I often see the dog stop for a second and the owner pulls on the leash while keeping on talking. I have a cell-phone and use it sometimes, but I never use it when I am walking my dog.

My dog, Cookie is my pride and joy. When I take her for a walk it is our time, me and her together. I let her sniff the grass and often lay down and roll in it. She is a happy little girl. I want her to know that the walk will be enjoyed by both of us.

My biggest pet peeve is people that walk their dogs and feel that talking on the phone constantly is more important to them. Dogs have feelings just as people do. They know when they are being ignored. Kneel down and pet your dog, it means a lot to them. Please put your cell phone in your pocket and leave it there until your walk is over.

You just might get some other enjoyment as you are walking your dog without talking on the cell-phone. Like a couple of squirrels playing and scampering up a nearby three, you might see a bird land on a tree branch and act like it is singing just to you, you might take a look up in the sky and take note of what a beautiful day it is. There is a lot more to life than spending it on your cell.

Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017


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      Larry W Fish 7 months ago from Raleigh

      I see it everyday, Dennis, walking around the apartment complex, in stores, in banks, as you say in the doctors facilities. Cell phones are a great invention, but there needs to be some common sense by the users.

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      Dennis L. Page 7 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Cell phones do so much good, but they have created barriers between many of us. On a recent doctor's appointment, Cathy and I were riding in an elevator with two boys about 11 and 12-years-old and their father. We talked with the two kids, who were really nice young men. The father never looked up from his phone. When we exited the elevator the boys held the door for us and we thanked them. Again, the dad never looked up from his phone. Cathy and I looked at each other and shook our heads in disgust.