Friday, November 28, 2008

It Wouldn't Work for Me

There is a group of three mutts in my neighborhood who are the most well - walked dogs I know. Their owner walks them in the early morning, noon and evening. He takes them up the mountain and back down and criss crosses the neighborhood each time.

The thing that amazes me is the way he travels. No matter the weather or season, he is always in his "uniform:" denim shorts, t-shirt, sport socks and tennis shoes.

His three dogs have no leashes. They are tied with a hank of rope from their collars to a loop in his belt; each to a different belt loop. He slouches along at such a casual pace, enjoying his outing with his pups.

Every time I notice see him, I just about keel over laughing because I suddenly visualize myself walking Mabel Lou in such a manner. And the next visualization is of me in my undies as Mabel tears up the mountain after some critter with my jean shorts in tow.

3 comments:

ordinaryjanet said...

That reminds me of the time I saw a belt-leash in a pet supply catalog. The woman in the photo was riding a bicycle while her dog was trotting beside her, the leash attached to a belt on her waist. If I tried that with Spot, I'd be in the hospital for three months with multiple fractures before I'd even gotten on the bike.

Wonder what that guy's training secret is?

CreekHiker said...

Janet, I think his secret is exhaustion! He walks them so much!

Velvet Sacks said...

I'm always amazed by people who can walk more than one dog at a time, let alone three dogs tied to belt loops. I wouldn't know what it feels like to walk a dog instead of hanging onto the leash while the dog walks me.