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How to Walk Your Dog (written by a dog)

Updated on January 19, 2016
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Introducing Halle

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.

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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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      What a peaceful and relaxing description of the beginning of your day! I am envious, as I find myself surrounded by noise and chaos so often. Thank you for your kind words about this piece. I often think I know what animals are thinking, so it was an enjoyable hub to write. I'm sending back warm wishes to you and your cats on lake erie, from my house in the woods.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning my friend from lake erie time ontario canada 8:19am with 2nd cup of coffee, 2 bagels, a sublime Mozart sonata and watching the daybreak over the lake .

      What an inventive perspective to look at it from a dog's point of view in first person/canine pronoun.

      It certainly tickled this master of imagination and put a big wide smile on my face and that of my cats, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel who lead much the same kind of walk with me.

      Sending to you my warmest wishes for a lovely piece of writing from Colin and his cats.

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks! I really enjoyed writing about her (of course only what she told me to write). :)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved hearing about Halle's point of view. I'm sure that my dog would completely agree with all her ideas! It's great that she was rescued from the dog pound.

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks! Halle doesn't get a walk today because it is raining. She will be running through the house with her toys! I had a German Shepherd - almost 15 years; we miss him soooo much. His name was Teddy - incredible dog.

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      ShepherdLover 5 years ago from Portland, OR

      Great hub Halle, walks are definitely fun and important for all dogs! Cute pictures too :o)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a cute hub told from the perspective of your dog who is a cutie by the way. Nice to know that you are such an animal lover! Up, useful and beautiful votes!

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      Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the comment. I believe so too. Often I see dogs confined to short chains in yards and it truely bothers me. Dogs are for loving and walking.

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      flagostomos 6 years ago from Washington, United States

      Absolutely beautiful. I'm sure any dog would say this if they could.