I recently picked up a copy of “Dog Walks Man” by John Zeaman. As one who has spent a great deal of time walking my 2 Great Danes Caesar & Chloe, the title of this book appealed to me. Very often I hear from people on the street as we pass by, Who’s walking who? Depends on the day I say with a smile. But I found this book to be about a lot more than dog walking.
I particularly liked the chapter that speaks about the joys of getting to know your neighbors by the trash they leave at the curb. It really speaks volumes about the kind of consumers they are. Do they shop at Costco, Trader Joes? Do they recycle? and one thing that I always notice is how long it takes a homeowner to pick up a a piece of litter that was left on their driveway. I mean they pass by it everyday. I am always amazed that some people can walk by it and leave it there. :) But then that’s my pet peeve.
This book waxes poetic about the joys of getting in touch with the wild or fringes of suburbia via the dog walk. In this case the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It is true. You do start noticing places that you would normally drive right past had your dog not guided you there by virtue of his curious nose.
The writers style does not feel forced at all, rather comfortable and honest about the experience. Not trying too hard to make the dog walk more interesting than it is. Well written I felt.
Short and sweet. I recommend this book, if only to get you to re-examine something we take for granted or try to rush through all too often. Now get out there and go for a good long walk & explore with your best friend. And since we are discussing walkies, be sure to check out The Fifth Paw. The Fifth Paw is the premiere hands-free dog-poop carrier that gives you the freedom to fall in love with walking your dogs all over again! Enjoy the book.
Until our next #FifthPawBookRuffview
Many Happy Walks!