I thought I’d take you with on a morning walk with Rosie and share with you the ramblings in my head as I walked. I’m a walker. I love walking and have walked on and off so much over my lifetime. I used to walk for physical exercise but now my main walking goal is more for my mind than my body. Walking just gives me time to process. I can’t ever remember a time that I felt bad after just getting in from walking.
Rosie loves walking. We walk about 3 miles when we go out and we aren’t speed walkers. That takes us about an hour or so if we don’t run into someone and chat. Many days we walk in the evening with a friend of mine. Rosie and I are getting so we walk more and more even on days when my friend isn’t able to walk.
For a bit when we were on walks, I was having trouble with Rosie pulling or tugging on the leash. It was enough that if we saw a rabbit on our walk, she was really pulling. So, after a few times of that with a sore shoulder, I ended up getting her a prong collar and our walking days have gotten MUCH better.
I know some of you are going to cringe and think it’s terrible to use this style of collar but seriously, it was my shoulder (which I have trouble with) or her learning some manners with the prong collar. The collar essentially is self correcting so if she’s walking like she should, there is not pain to her at all. If she’s pulling or tugging, the collar will poke her. I HIGHLY recommend the collars. It makes all the difference in the world as to how much better our walk goes. HERE is a link to the collar. If your dog pulls and is hard to walk the collar makes all the difference.
Anyway…back to our walk. We walk through town, right on the road. There aren’t good sidewalks in town and the sidewalks that are okay are narrow. Walking on the road also allows my friend and I to social distance while we walk. We don’t see to much traffic so it’s relatively safe too.
When it’s just me and Rosie, we go through the cemetery. It’s a nice peaceful cemetery. Kramer is buried here-ish. I say “ish” because technically there are two cemeteries side by side. One is St. Mary’s cemetery. It’s associated with the Catholic church here in town. The adjoining cemetery is the town cemetery. Anyone can be buried here.
We belong to the Lutheran church out in the country but Kramer never liked the cemetery for that church. He always liked this cemetery and wanted to be buried here on the “town cemetery end”. I was fine with that too so he’s at this cemetery.
They’ve made improvements to the cemetery this year. They took down the old ugly fence along the end. If Kramer were here, that would have made him so happy. He hated fences. It looks so much nicer and cleaner.
On this day, early Sunday morning, it was so peaceful…One of those “my kind of church” days. The water was running in the stream. I was so tempted to take my shoes off and sit a minute with my feet hanging in the water. Maybe another day. I just love the sound of water trickling. I was a little afraid if I sat down, it would be hard to get up and get going again. It’s likely the prettiest spot on our walk.
Being I’m just rambling, and walking with Rosie, I should probably give you an update on how she is doing… Continue reading