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May 9, 2013

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

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!

Comments for Marking Our Territory Presents: Walk A New Way Day!

  1. I do the same thing in the car, I love to take rides not knowing where I will end up, why not do the same thing with your dog?

  2. I just tried this with my dog last week! My results weren’t as good as yours, though. When I decided I wanted to turn a different direction than usual, my dog dug in his heels (claws) and wouldn’t budge. We had a stand-off for a few minutes until I finally convinced him to broaden his horizons. He then decided that the best way to make this unfamiliar walk end was for him to run around the block without stopping until we had safely reached home again. At least Eko seems to be an eager explorer!

  3. Great post – dogs get bored too! I try to vary our walks and runs, but I know we get in ruts so this is a good incentive to try something different. Great idea for our FitDog Friday Blog Hop!

  4. emma says:

    Good advice…something new is always more fun and motivating!

  5. Misaki says:

    Such a simple but great idea!

  6. What a great adventure, love the photos 🙂 The last one is precious!

  7. Zena says:

    You have a very fancy water jug in that park – we get a battered old dog bowl!

  8. francesca says:

    I usually allow Pino (my Rhodie) and Buddy (Shepherd mix) choose their own route on our daily walks. They tend to take me on some unusual adventures… Sometimes following the neighborhood bunnies or just because the smells are fantastic! Love this post and love Learning of Eko’s adventures!!!

  9. Funny you should post this, I ‘walked a new way’ today. The best thing about it? The sound of two happy, snoring dogs after the walk. It really tires them out and it’s so fun to see how excited they get.

  10. Great discovery! I’ve never seen a water tank quite like that. So glad you ventured left. I”ll make a point of doing the same this week.

  11. this is a great post highlighting that dogs do get bored. A few of my neighbours could learn from this post

  12. 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!

  13. Phoenix says:

    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!

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