I decided to walk outside instead of pummelling the tread-mill. After all the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful 22deg here in Melbourne. This prompted Irritation # 2.
One of my pet-hates which irritates the B-jaysus out of me is this.
Riding your bicycle whilst exercising your dog. If I am about to offend any of my followers I apologise in advance.
You yell “Walkies” (let’s call him Bob) Bob rushes up, feet prancing, bottom swinging, smiling and tail wagging merrily at the word.
Bob’s body language comes to an abrupt halt when he sees you get the bike out.
Bob trots along beside you in the beginning whilst you sit on your comfy seat peddling merrily along.
Bob didn’t know you had eaten 3 slices of cheese-cake the night before and wanted to lose a few pounds.
Bob didn’t know that it was such a warm day outside.
Bob didn’t know you weren’t bothered to stop to let him rest.
Bob didn’t know that his exercise meant being dragged along for how many miles you wanted to do.
Bob didn’t know that walkies meant he wasn’t allowed to stop, to smell the grass, have a rest or pee on grass or a tree.
Bob didn’t know that he would get thirsty and tired.
Bob kept running, looking up to say please stop as his legs were tired and sore.
Bob did know that one of his pleasures in life is to please his master.
Bob kept going thinking he was making YOU happy.
Bob wishes he could speak.
You return with a very worn out and not very happy Bob.
You go and shower and have a cold drink.
Bob laps up water from his bowl whilst being spread eagled on the floor catching his breath.
Yes if Bob loves to run – PLEASE let him run in a park so he may stop for a rest when he needs to or pee on a tree, or ride your bike without him.
PLEASE everyone use common sense especially if the weather is hot – if Bob must be exercised this way (and for the life of me I don’t see why it’s necessary) – give him a rest every few minutes.. in other words ‘Get Off Your Bike’.