With the exception of road trips, I hate driving. I hate traffic. I hate paying for gas. I hate other drivers. In a perfect world, I would never need to get into a car unless I am leaving town on a vacation. I truly wish that I could walk everywhere. I love walking. I love the scenery. I love the exercise. I love fresh air. Every car trip saved means more fresh air for a future walk. What could be better than that? Oh yeah. Walking is good for the dogs (Amelia and Leo) too.
I like to think that everything that I enjoy about walking, the dogs find pleasant too. Studies have shown that fresh air is healthy for humans so that must mean it is also good for dogs.When the dogs and I go on errand walks we save a car trip. I doubt the dogs would know what I mean were I to tell them how great it is that we are being green but I think protecting the environment must matter to them. They like to sniff the sea breeze and drink fresh water just as much as I do.
Going on errand walks isn't something that works for everyone in every neighborhood. I know that. I am very lucky to be able to take the pets into so many local stores, leave them outside of shops where I can see them or send Jason inside while I wait with the pets. It's also very fortunate that the dogs and I are capable of what most people consider long walks. A neighbor of mine works at a pet store I frequently walk to. This neighbor has commented on the "wow that's a long walk" from our street to the pet store. Yet it is less than two miles round trip. I don't consider that very far to walk. Talk to me about an over ten mile walk and I might start to consider it being a bit too far. I guess I am more anxious to avoid getting into my car than most people.
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