A DOG IS ONE OF THE REMAINING REASONS WHY SOME PEOPLE CAN BE PERSUADED TO GO FOR A WALK. ~ O.A. BATTISTA
Today, on Thankful Thursday, I am grateful to have a dog that loves nothing more than a long walk in the woods.
When life closes in, when stress mounts, there’s nothing better than a long walk in the woods. Sometimes, no matter how much I know I’ll enjoy it, it’s hard to work up the motivation to gather the gear and make the drive…and then I think about how much Gizmo loves our adventures, and that’s enough to get me up and going.
I’d been hiking with my dogs for about ten years, when I adopted Gizmo. My previous canine hiking companions were always large dogs and I never doubted their ability to handle the trails we were on. Gizmo’s a smallish dog, only 20#, and at first I was concerned that hiking 6 or 7 miles might be too much for him. I needn’t worry…when we get outdoors he becomes a super dog. His step quickens, his ears are up and all his senses are engaged…he is a fearless explorer leading his mom on a trek to fun and excitement. It brings me great joy to see him having so much fun. As we hike along the trail tension melts…I breathe deeply and enjoy the peace and solitude. I notice the beauty of my surroundings. I feel good.
I do enjoy hiking with friends, but there’s always the imperative to talk and be social. When I hike with Gizmo I can truly relax…he demands nothing more of me than the chance to “be a dog”. This is a gift for which I am truly thankful.
Thanks to PepiSmartDog for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Hop over and see what others are thankful for today.