There are State holidays and Federal holidays. We have all at one time or another been introduced to food holidays too. Some are International, National and some are bestowed upon a particular day to be remembered for no special or apparent reason. There are also some strange, wild and wacky holidays that can fill our calendars too. And, walking the dog is one of them. So welcome today with open arms as we begin the celebration of National Walk the Dog Day!
This celebration is in three parts, all contained in the same article. It is time to learn something new, have fun, be entertained and listen to some really great music too.
Walking the Dog – Part 1
We will start off with what everyone is already thinking when they hear the words walking the dog. Anyone who has a pet dog knows these words are a part of each day’s routine. Just like the postal service one must make that trip outdoors with that four legged creature commonly known as man’s best friend regardless of the weather conditions.
Before leaving the house make sure the dog’s collar is attached. On their collar should be all the tags for that animal just in case you’re stopped on the street. Most importantly: the leash. The leash has many functions. First it keeps the dog tethered to your wrist so they can’t run away if something catches their eye like another dog. Or, run to another area and possibly hurt another person or animal. Secondly, with the leash the owner can pull the dog gently out of harm’s way if a vehicle or other animal gets too close. And lastly, it is a training tool. Depending on the tautness of the leash the dog will know to stop, walk and well as which way to turn.
The longer the walk the better it is for the dog. They enjoy the exercise and their muscles need it just as much as ours do. It is a sure fire way to get in a few blocks a few times a day without thinking of it as a workout at a gym. Keep an even pace and remember that you are the one in control.
Always walk the dog in places that are enjoyable. Go around the block, up and down your street or to the park. If you have the day off and live close enough go to the beach or a lake and stroll along the water.
Never walk your dog to the veterinarian’s office in Winona. Even though Dr. Bailey would love to see how healthy your dog or puppy is. Leave those visits for the time they need to be scheduled for check up and medical conditions. Most animals get upset, scared or downright petrified when they have to make a trip to the doctor’s office. Always drive them there and leave the act of walking the dog to a much more pleasant and memorable time for your beloved pet.
Enjoy your walk!
Walking the Dog – Part 2
In December of 1963 a song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song ran for 14 weeks straight. In the song you will hear references to a variety of children’s nursery rhymes. This song was so popular many other artists have also added them to some of their performances; such as: The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and the Grateful Dead to name a few.
The song was called none other than “Walking the Dog”. It is sung by Rufus Thomas and what a voice he has. He has a way of making you smile and laugh as you get pulled into the music and his singling. “Walking the Dog” is considered his biggest and signature hit of all time. Please watch the video to the left and make that experience come to life for you as well. (He is amazing and the ending is something else!) This song has also been referred to as “Walkin’ the Dog” in some areas.
Enjoy the song!
Walking the Dog – Part 3
Now we can have a little fun and bring back some memories too. Ones we shared ourselves as a child and others trying our best to teach our children a nice little trick. The trick as you may well know by now is called “Walking the Dog”. It is a yo-yo trick that was all the rage back in the 1970’s.
The first step is to throw a fast sleeper. Then swing the yo-yo forward just slightly and set it on the ground. Allow the yo-yo to spin as you gently pull it along the ground. Right before it stops the spinning action give it a slight tug so the yo-yo will rise back into your hand and rewind itself in the process.
This all sounds pretty easy. If you have tried it before you know that it takes a little practice to master. At least for some, others can grasp the action on the first try. To see first-hand how these steps are put into practice there is a video called: How to Yo-Yo – Walk the Dog and Other Sleeping Tricks by the Monkey See Videos. In the video Dick Store also known as the Yo-Yo- guy will take you through the process so you can see for yourself how these steps come to life so you too can “Walk the Dog” with your yo-yo.
If you want to learn more tricks to try on your yo-yo here is an A-Z listing of “Tricks” offered by Think Quest.
See the Yo-Yo Dog by Non-Profit Pages – click here – he is so cute!
Enjoy the fun!
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