Walkers walk. Walkers of dogs let pets take them for walks, a significant difference.
My preferred routes often take me through the local streets, parks, and ravines of Toronto. While many of these parks have off-leash dog run areas, I grew up in a small town in rural Southern Ontario so when I was young everywhere was an off-leash dog run area. Today we fence in our pets, and designate park plots for pooches to poop.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like dogs. It’s just that I cannot always say the same for walkers of dogs, aka dog owners. I do make an exception for dog-walkers, aka the pro’s. In my neighbourhood there are lots of families that own dogs and who employ professional dog-walkers to exercise Fido during the day. Generally speaking, these folks are just that, professionals, and keep their charges under control. Sharing the path with them and 4-5 bounding terriers is tolerable.
Walkers of dogs, however, are like amateurs in many things – long on enthusiasm and short on technique. In normal times, on weekends there would be the unleashing of the hounds as the walkers of dogs came out, families with their pets. In today’s COVID times, this is a daily occurrence. In many cases, these non-professional dog walkers fall short of the standards set by their workaday employees. Let me count the ways
- Poochie is precious; all my attention must be on him
- Poochie is rambunctious; isn’t he cute!
- Poochie is curious; ooh, what have you found in that man’s shoe?
- Poochie is poopie; over there Poochie, poop over there!
- Poochie is ignored; can’t you see I’m on my phone!
- Poochie is in my way
Come on folks – share the space and smile at your neighbour. Poochie and just want to walk.