Marking Our Territory Presents: Walk A New Way Day!

This morning Eko and I headed out for a run.  Usually we jog the same way and turn around at the same spot.  But today, for no particular reason, I decided to turn left when we normally turn right.  That turn made all the difference.  Instead of our usual routine, Eko and I discovered a new part of the city we have never visited.  In fact we found a dog park that I never knew existed.

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At the new park Eko investigated what we believed was a spaceship

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Some of the locals were kind enough to show us that the “spaceship” was actually a big water jug.  Who knew?

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Eko and his new friends promptly tripped over each other and had a blast playing keep away with the ball

Finding the new dog park was so much fun that I decided to keep the adventure going.  Instead of turning home, I went the opposite direction and we found ourselves on a part of the Lake Michigan where we have never been before.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure, dog blog, Rhodesian Ridgeback photos Exploring new places always gives us some extra hop in our step


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We also saw…this thing!  It looked like a big Kong toy so we decided to investigate 

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Eko seriously thought it was a dog toy because he tried to climb it!  You can see by my face that I did not expect Eko to make the leap

By the time we got home it seemed like Eko and I had been on an epic adventure.  As it turns out, we went almost the exact same distance as our regular run.  It was just more exciting because it was all new to us.  And while it might have been the same distance, the novelty of the trip certainly wore Eko out.

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Same distance, twice the snoozing

In honor of today’s adventure I would like to start “Walk A New Way Day.”  This laid-back holiday happens…well, whenever you feel like it really.  All you have to do is make a right turn when you would have made a left – or just walk the same distance you normally do, but walk in the opposite direction.  Just because our dogs need a walk every day doesn’t mean that it has to be the same walk.  Try a new route and I promise you’ll both enjoy it!

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Thank you for the suggestion! It is amazing what you can discover when you try something new – last year, while looking for an off-leash area nearby, we veered off the expected path and discovered a much closer one that I pass by every day! It’s funny what you can find hidden in plain sight.

I’ve kept your advice in mid since reading this post and recently, when I didn’t have the time or energy for a bigger park, I took Benny to a nearby one but went in through a different entrance. That in itself made the whole park seem new. I’ve noticed that he’s certainly more worn out when taking a new path too, there’s much more thinking involved!

Fantastic! Love that it’s so easy to include a new adventure in the day. You’re so darn smart Will with the topics you hi-light for us. As you know, I don’t currently have a dog but I love my visits here none the less. Because I always learn something I should have thought of, but you make me think. Cheers!

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