The dogs and I have come across all kinds of Autumn dog dangers on our walks this week and Halloween isn't even upon us yet. There are mushrooms sprouting up everywhere including in our yard.* I had to make a quick jog off the sidewalk when broken glass popped up from beneath a layer of fallen leaves. More rain and darker evenings begin to mean more left behind dog poop for us to dodge as we walk. It seems like every third house the dogs and I pass the smell of fertilizer appears and I have to rush by to keep the dogs of the grass or cross the street if there are granules on the sidewalk. At least every block, at least one dog needs to be asked to "leave it" when walking over fallen fruit, berries or nuts. To be honest, I am exhausted. And not just from lots of fall fit dog time but from having to run the seasons obstacle course of dog dangers.
What it really comes down to is that I welcome the rain. Although the slippery wet leaf covered sidewalks bring their own dangers on dog walks, especially on steep hills, the down pours are divine. I am glad to have a few days in fall where I can still push Leo and Amelia in the stroller but Wilhelm, Brychwyn, Huxley and I have the world to ourselves when we walk in the rain. The dogs walk the puddles with an intense focus leaving me with no worries that they will find a Halloween candy stash in the bushes. When it rains, fall fit dog time is transformed from an exhausting complicated maze of dog dangers into a wet autumn wonderland of active dog fun. And I love it. Until we get home and I have three soaking wet dogs to deal with. But that is another worn out human with fit dogs story.