Jasmine doesn’t like walkies. She gets very hyper-sensitive. She jumps at fast movement (oh, those EVIL tumbling leaves jumping out at her to bite her), slinks her shoulders and tucks her head down, peeks around every hedge and tree to make sure nothing is threatening is there…oh poor ‘Fraidy Dog! Jasmine would rather be smack dab in the middle of one of her fluffy pillows than doing something as frightening and taxing like exercising!
Truth be told, if it wasn’t for my concern for Jasmine’s health and well being, I’d be smack dab in the middle of one of my fluffy cushions rather than walking her around the neighborhood. It’s simple–we both don’t like walks. I hate exercising. I always have, with the exception of some cardio/aerobic/dance classes that are more fun than exercise. Otherwise, I find exercising tremendously tedious, boring and a pain in the rear (literally and figuratively). I’d rather be a couch potato. So would Jasmine.
When I got Jasmine, I knew that the responsibilities would make me do things I don’t like to do. I walk Jasmine to help socialize her and because she needs the exercise to stay healthy. That it benefits MY health is a bonus. That we both DON’T like it…well, I know that it’s my responsibility as a dog owner to do whatever I can to give her a healthy, happy life. So, daily walks are going to be in the cards for a long, long time.
I DO like walks when my husband is along with us. He and I get to spend time together, stroll, enjoy the day and talk. It’s a nice way to just be together without the hustle and bustle of daily life.