I am not a dog person. At all.
I can’t stand the barking. Despise cleaning up after them. Get annoyed when they won’t settle down.
But here’s the thing: We have two.
I got talked into the first one, by my children and my husband. And he was such a little monster that I decided we needed a second one to calm him down.
Now they need exercise. I don’t have the patience for training, I’m the first to admit. So when Georgia (above) pulled like crazy while walking her, I quit.
Then I heard about this cheap little solution: a head halter. And it works! The most surprising part, though, is that I actually enjoy those moments out walking her with it.
Now, if only I could get one on that short little pug nose…
It took me a long time to get started.
I’d been meaning to begin walking for a long time (a really long time!). But there was always an excuse: too hot, too cold, too rainy, too busy… You get the idea.
Until I did.
And now it’s a moment I look forward to each day. A walk in the early afternoon. When I’m feeling ambitious, I even take my dog. Under the hot sun, in the rain, or even when it’s cold, I walk.
A moment of fresh air, exercise, and quiet.
I take my iPhone with me on walks. This is so I am reachable in case the school needs to contact me, but it is also so that I can capture a few shots while I walk.
This time, I photographed the road, the trees, the berries. It was a beautiful day.
Almost home, a movement on the pavement caught my eye. A fat, furry caterpillar was crossing the road. It was like a scarlet boa, with black on either end. Absolutely adorable.
This I did not capture, for two reasons: I was afraid of looking foolish, and I was afraid of being hit by a car. But I was very tempted!
P.S. I did look over my shoulder to make sure it had crawled across to safety.
This is what it looked like: http://www.anmoretimes.com/2012/09/24/wooly-bear-caterpillar-pyrrharctia-isabella/
Usually, I am a fair weather girl.
I do not like to be out in the wind, the rain, or the cold.
But I’ve started walking, and this time I’m determined to make it a habit. I even bought myself some waterproof sneakers so that I wouldn’t have an excuse to stay home on rainy days.
The first day, it rained. I took my umbrella and I walked anyway.
And it was beautiful.