Almost every day I take our dog Jaco (aka Jack) for a walk. Prior to adopting the dog, I began power-walking by myself. It started out with only a couple of kilometers, then gradually got longer and longer. I would walk up the road alongside the golf course, then return via the last 3 holes along the cart path. At the top of the road part, I would cut through to the golf course. Here I found a forest of trees, with strange things scattered throughout – like a rope hanging from a tree (this was the only thing I saw on my first few walks – which was somewhat startling to say the least, lol), nets rigged between trees, and other ‘training’ items.
One day I decided to try and find the other side of the road that went around the golf course so that I didn’t have to disturb the golfers when they were on the same hole as me. So I walked through the forest, only to discover later that it is a teak forest! It did indeed lead to the other side, and after a few trials and tribulations I created my 6km walk.
The next step was to begin taking Jaco for walks to train him – as he was adopted from a shelter and knew no manners whatsoever. I began with short walks to the beach that were done after my own power-walk. But the walks have gotten progressively longer on the beach as he has gotten stronger, gained some weight and muscle! My daily walks were accumulating to 10-12 km in total – which some says was a bit much in the 32F heat.
Today was the first day that I took Jaco on my power-walk route. It has just been too busy this past week with all the holidays to let him run freely on the beach, and didn’t want to keep cutting the walks short because we were running into too many other dogs – and owners who didn’t want Jaco to make friends with their dogs, lol. He was pretty tired when we got back, and has slept a lot this afternoon!
I do think Jaco liked my walk, and we will begin sharing ‘his’ beach walks up with ‘my’ quicker-paced route.