I’m missing my dog walking on a Wednesday morning.
When I am in Vieuzos, I try to keep Wednesday mornings free. I go to Lannemezan market to shop - all my favourite stalls for bread, cheese (right smelly stuff sometimes) pesticide free veg - for the things I haven’t yet grown in the garden, fruit and anything else that takes my fancy. It’s great to have a good nose around and see what’s available before buying and have a chat with some of the stall holders.
Then, after the market, I head out of town to the local dog refuge and volunteer dog walk. A team of volunteers arrive each week to give all the dogs a walk, it depends on how many people turn up as to how many dogs you get to walk and how long it takes.
A great opportunity to meet new folk, have a good chat, plenty of fresh air and give the poor abandoned pooches a bit of love and exercise. I love going and it’s so warming to see how happy the dogs are when the get to stretch their legs, they are all so lovely, even the damaged and lost souls appreciate the attention and respond well to having a bit of calm away from the pound if only for a short while.
article about the dog home click here
Most of the dogs seem to be re-homed fairly quickly, though some stay for months and months and become favourites to the walkers. I tend to get given the more boistrous, bouncy individuals as I am seen to have a calming influence on most of my charges. I have my brother, the earstwhile dog whisperer, to thank for imparting his wisdom, fairly subconsciously, in my direction, it seems to have stuck and on the whole am able to reproduce his teachings and techniques with positive results.
Unfortunately I don’t often get a day off on a Wednesday during the winter, so I miss my weekly walk. Here are are some photos of the most recent dog walk I did.
|do I get a treat now?|
|a balmy early January day|
|some of the pound|
|some more of the pound|
|wanting another walk already|