Thursday, November 14, 2019

River Becomes a Common Night Walker

The most horrific day of the year has passed, but the after-effects will last until next spring.  The day is like a blizzard that arrives the same day every year. You know it is coming, you try to prepare for it, but it still shatters your life, leaving it in tatters.  It is the 23 hour day. It is the day the Earth tips on its axis. It is the day when we are forced to eat an hour later. It makes the night come earlier. It makes humans grumble.   They call it either “return to standard time,” or “daylight savings time end.” Any day with standard and end, it is bound to suck.  

Pocket and I do enjoy our daily walks. They have become more essential with my weight gain, which, I can now admit, was done for a movie role. Look for Benji Gets His Ass Kicked By a Griffon later this year. 

Now that the role is over, I need some road work to lose the extra weight. Our schedule makes the time before supper optimum for walking. Mommy is not as mobile as she used to be, so she leaves the exercising to Daddy and us little dogs. When she makes supper, we go for our daily constitutional. Now, thanks to the big Standard Time lobby in Washington, we have to walk in the dark.

In the summer months we walk near the old barn, and the big field in front of our development but it is too dark in standard time. Instead, we take one trip around our quiet block

My Dad doesn’t mind walking with us in the dark. When it is light, we bark at everything we see. We also live near a lot of people who like to walk, and they are always jamming up the road.  When we see someone, Pocket, I bark like mad, hoping to get their attention.

There are a lot of seniors where we live, and like reverse vampires, they can’t go out in the dark, so we don’t see anyone walking at night. There are also no dogs tied outside to bark at us and interrupt the peaceful enjoyment of our walk.

The biggest fear, when you are a nightwalker, is getting hit by a careless driver.  When we go out at 5:30, most of the residents have retired for the evening, and those who are driving move so slowly we could beat them in a 50-yard dash. 

Daddy always has the flashlight on his phone illuminated, so we walk with a spotlight on us like we are starlets. It helps him watch over his two lovely ladies, it keeps us from stepping on anything sharp, and it is invaluable in finding our poop buried in colorful leaves.

If you in our neighborhood just after dusk, and you see two cute starlets walking on a leash, give them a wide berth because they are your two favorite small dogs on their evening constitutional.   

12 comments:

  1. It takes my dogs several weeks to make the time adjustment

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  2. I'm still trying to adjust. I wish they would change the time back like it was before and then leave it alone. Just saying.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your peeps. ♥

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  3. Night walking sounds a lot more peaceful for you!

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  4. I enjoy walking at night, but The Hubby and my mother get all weirded out about it. I don't play games with cars, even though they are pulling up to a stop sign and are supposed to STOP. I wait for them to roll on by, even pretending to look at my cell phone, just so I don't get run over...

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  5. Walking after dark was a tradition of ours for many years. I remember when there were three doggies in this house, and we'd all happily walk together after dark with ghostwriter. (Hopefully, after her next knee surgery, we will resume this activity.)

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  6. I loves the night walkies! Less peeps and lots of fun critters come out at night! I still hope to see the raccoons one of these nights
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  7. we are no longer night walkers... we are connected now with tghe new time (fortunately). the mama bought headlights for her nut and da nut of our dad. as we came they were disappointed because the head lamps helped nothing... sure when you have no batteries inside... humans huh?

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  8. Easy, ya made my mommy laff...right here in the more early morning!

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  9. We are jealous. We never get to go for after dark walks. Or before sunrise walks. Or in the rain walks. We are getting bored, and you know what THAT means. Xox Lucy and Xena

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  10. We hate those time change days. We try to convince Mom that we need to eat, sleep snd poop on our regular schedule but she always wins the battle.

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  11. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Wow, it sounds like your person does an awesome job taking you on just the right Walks! Also, we did not like the thing the people called "time change" - it made Breakfast and Dinner late!

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  12. Night walking is tough, but our mom likes it because then I cannot go crazy over squirrels because I can't see them!

    Rosie

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