We all know some of the wonderful benefits getting out and walking your dog provides: exercise for both ourselves and our dogs, getting fresh air, as well as bonding time. I recently found out first hand what the most important reason was for taking my dogs on regular walks around the neighborhood.
Meet Some Really Important People: Your Neighbors
I routinely walk my dogs around several neighborhoods surrounding our home. This has afforded me the opportunity to meet some of my neighbors that I probably never would have met otherwise. So many of us get up, go to work, come home and vegetate in front of the TV or computer. We cocoon ourselves from the rest of our communities. Walking your dogs not only allows you to meet some really nice people, it may save your dogs life.
Unexpected Emergencies: Fences Fail
I should mention we live on a, sometimes, busy road. Our yard is completely fenced in. During a particularly windy storm, a large section of our wooden fence came down. We immediately had the fence company come right out and put up new fencing that day because of our dogs. One morning, I let the dogs out into our yard, checking on them from time to time. I never leave them outside completely unattended. After a little while I felt as though they should have come back inside given their normal behavior patterns, so I went into our yard looking for them and calling. They were gone. It was a mystery. The gate was shut and they were gone. My stomach sank. This could not be happening.
What I found out was that one of the recently replaced wooden fence panels, which was improperly screwed into it’s post with screws that were too short, had come loose. Unless you looked at it from the right angle you couldn’t see that it was pushed out on one side and that was where my dogs had gotten out of the yard. This breach in the fence literally happened over night.
To The Rescue!
Who knows how far they had gotten. I could barely think fast enough, let alone breathe. Something had to be done quickly. I had waited 40 years of my life for my first dogs and did not want to think about them wandering lost. Both had tags and chips, but that would not help with cars, weather etc. Just as I was grabbing my keys (all of this took place within a matter of minutes) an amazing neighbor named Jack who I had met while walking my dogs pulled up into our driveway and shouted that he had just seen my two Danes Caesar and Chloe about a half mile away walking down the road side by side.
Let Your Neighbors Know You Care About Them Too
Thanks to my neighbor, both pups ended up back home safe and sound. Fenced re-repaired. I learned a very valuable lesson about how important it is to get out and meet your neighbors, and let them meet your dogs and know where you live. Be sure to let them see what a responsible dog owner you are, and that you care about the neighborhood by picking up your dogs poop. It’s super easy with The Fifth Paw. The Fifth Paw is the Premiere Hands-Free Dog-Poop Holder! The Fifth Paw easily attaches to most flat style leashes, and gives you the freedom to LOVE walking your dog again! No more juggling bags of poop and no more stinky pockets & pouches to wash. Find out what other dog parents have to say. & start walking with The Fifth Paw hands-free dog poop holder today. Get yours now!
Pet GPS, chips and tags are awesome, and we highly recommend them, but technology can sometimes fail. Having real people who care about your dogs is a priceless additional layer of protection. Time is of the essence when pups go exploring. What a gift it was to have a neighbor like Jack on that day. I am forever grateful.
Wishing You Many Happy Walks!
Stephen Longo CEO
The Fifth Paw
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