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Walking the Dog Through the Seasons

Updated on August 31, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Reeses, The Dog. A walk in the Fall leaves.
Reeses, The Dog. A walk in the Fall leaves.


My 17-year-old daughter has a dog. She’s a sweet thing that she rescued from the Humane Society. She’s part terrier and looks like a huge Chihuahua to me. When we first got her, of course, the agreement was that my daughter would totally take care of her, especially the feeding and the walking. But that was before I actually realized how much fun walking the dog could be. And what a health benefit it is as well. My daughter sometimes reminds me about how walking is good for the heart, and also to keep me healthy in the weight department. At least once a day, and always at night, I take my turn walking the dog. Sometimes I will even do it more often because on a snowy Winter evening, or a nice Spring afternoon, I get the urge to take off with the dog and do some exploring. And she’s quite a good companion.

We first got her in the Fall. Although I don’t like to stop and sniff everything as much as she does, I do enjoy the smell of a campfire or smoke from someone’s fireplace in the air. I loved to look at the color of the leaves as they changed color on the trees. The Fall makes me realize how grateful I am to live in a state that has four seasons. The smell of the leaves in Fall is a warm and homey scent to me. Sometimes, the dog and I would walk by grape vines with ripened grapes on them. I could smell them from the road. Fall is full of orange, which is my favorite color. We saw a lot of orange on our walks in the Fall. From orange leaves to orange pumpkins, to orange flames in the outdoor fire pit of our neighbor as he built fires and sat around them with friends at night.

I walked her in Winter next. I do also enjoy the fresh, clean scent as the snow falls. The air so crisp and clean, and the snow falling so quietly you can hardly hear anything because the snow blankets the ground and muffles most sounds. It is so very peaceful. It would make me sad not to be able to share the beautiful flakes falling on the white carpeted lawns and trees, except I have the dog to share these beautiful moments with. And that makes those moments twice as good. I have noticed, from walking the dog, that Winter is full of white and blue. White as the snow blankets the earth and the blue of the sky after the snow falls and the sun comes out to sparkle on the snow, bringing out the whiteness of it so strongly that one needs sunglasses just to be able to handle it.

Now it is Spring, and the birds are out, and the squirrels are hopping around. She tries to chase them, being part terrier. She runs after them as they scamper up a tree, wagging her tail as she stands on her hind legs looking up at where she last saw them. We live near woods, and if we walk up the road about five minutes, past a few houses, we come to the woods on either side of the road. There is a stream overflowing with water now that the ice is melting. It’s beautiful, and I love to hear the water as it rushes over the rocks. We have startled deer in these woods, and seen more squirrels and a few rabbits. I love catching sight of Spring flowers, daffodils and crocuses pushing their way up through the Spring soil. Spring is full of yellow and purple, and the green of new grass.

On our walks at night sometimes the moon is so big and bright that when I walk out the front door with my faithful walking companion, it looks as though someone turned on a large flashlight and is shining it on our front lawn. Those are the nights when the stars seem extra bright and beautiful. It’s hard not to feel happy inside when there is this much beauty around us.

The next season we will be walking in is Summer. Since we just got her in the Fall, I haven't had the pleasure of exploring our surroundings in the Summer yet. But I am sure it will be an adventure, full of sights and sounds and colors of its own.

The dog spends our walks sniffing and snorting scents she has picked up. Her head shoots up when she catches a scent of some animal or hears the rustling of a bird or animal in the bushes. Her ears stick straight up at attention, listening for all creature sounds. I spend my time scanning the woods for glimpses of wildlife that I feel would be a privilege to be able to catch a glimpse of. The dog, of course, wants to run after all the wildlife. I am not sure what she would do with it if she actually caught it. I prefer to admire the sight of it from afar so as not to disturb it in its natural habitat. Sometimes I call her over to me, and I sit down on a rock. She sits next to me, ears up, back straight, looking around so as not to miss anything exciting. I pet her, and we sit there quietly for awhile, two quiet companions enjoying some of God’s most beautiful creations together. I love these walks with the dog.





Scene from a winter walk with the dog
Scene from a winter walk with the dog
Walking the dog at sunset
Walking the dog at sunset

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A scene from a Spring walk
A scene from a Spring walk
Walking the dog by a pond at dusk in the Spring.
Walking the dog by a pond at dusk in the Spring. | Source
What I see on our walks...a happy dog out in nature!
What I see on our walks...a happy dog out in nature! | Source
A hike near a stream in summer.
A hike near a stream in summer. | Source
Here's Reeses looking adorable in her bandana!
Here's Reeses looking adorable in her bandana! | Source

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Tillsontitan,

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. I will see if I can add more pictures here, at your suggestion!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I have always had a dog, mostly rescues or mutts but now have a Min Pin. I love them all...just like I loved this hub. You took us walking with your words. "It’s hard not to feel happy inside when there is this much beauty around us." How true Karen, if we only remember! Your pictures were lovely, I only wish there were more of them.

      I voted this hub up, awesome and interesting.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Arline,

      You are right about walking being good for both man and beast!!! That's so neat about the dog going into cancer remission. I have never heard of that before. People yes, dogs, no. Those must have been some very heart touching walks.

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      Arline 5 years ago

      Nice article Karen about a wonderful topic !! As you know we have cats but I often have petsitting responsibilities for others, and I walk myself with friends - dog or no dog. But with my sister's Goldens - I generally had them in the winter. It was very rewarding to get one of her dogs into a cancer remission and watch her go from "us having to carry her outside" back to her being able to do our 4 miles together. A person I work for has a poodle that he credits with saving his life after major heart surgery - walk, walk walk! It's good for them, and for us!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      onegoodwoman,

      I'm sorry about your loss of Murphy. Until this dog, I always had golden retrievers...growing up and as a married woman. No matter how they leave us, it's always sad. You're right...they do ask so little. This dog is so happy she wags her little tail every time we talk to her. I'm so glad she's with us...for however long that may be.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Jayne,

      So sorry...why is it again you live in such a hot place??LOL!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      I am so glad my daughter convinced me to let her get this dog. I had forgotten how much a dog can add to family life. My daughter was going through a tough time emotionally and the dog has helped her a lot.Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

      ..At the end of the day,

      he guarded my children, my grandchildren, my vehicle, and my very home..........

      It is quite painful to recall his own name.

      My challenge is this..............if you have a pet, treat it well..........no matter his pedigree, his circumstance......if you are first kind and protective of any animal.................they will repay numerous times over................Just be just to those of the animal kingdom.......they ask of us, so very litle.

      I miss my beloved dog, Murphy

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      Jayne Hellier 5 years ago

      All seasons would be nice, but we really only have 2 seasons.

      1. Nice

      2. Dang Hot

      Cute doggie!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What a sweet looking dog! I love your writing about his story and how he is a comfort to your family. Yes, they are great companions in life and bring much happiness. God bless you!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Sherry Hewins,

      Thanks for reading. Yes, she's a sweetheart and I highly recommend Humane Society adoptions after her. She has added a lot of positives to our lives.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago

      Lizam1,

      Thanks for the compliment. That really means a lot...especially coming from such a good writer!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It's so nice that you've gotten so much enjoyment walking your daughter's dog.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Cute dog - I like the way you write about your walks - you paint pictures with your words. Voted up.