Friday, December 12, 2014

Year End Blues

Working in a manufacturing facility, the end of the year is an incredibly busy time for me.  It is a lot of early mornings and late evenings (and less time to blog).  I used to work close to home, but after our company moved locations, I can no longer make my lunchtime treks home.


This leaves us with tired humans and cooped up dogs.  By the time we get home and get something going for dinner, we have time to relax for a TV episode or a walk around the neighborhood.  On days like this, snuggling with the pooches and an episode win out.  Plus, it is always dark.
Of course, we have pretty lazy dogs and Tess absolutely hates the cold and snow, so they are pretty content with the snuggling.


Which leaves us with dogs (and humans) that are not getting enough exercise, nor structured time.  And while this may not immediately impact us or the pooches, it likely will have effects on their behavior and health over the course of a few months.

One thing we always contemplate is getting someone to come walk the dogs during the day, even if just a few days a week, but the price really scares us!



Does anyone have a daily walker?  Thoughts?

6 comments:

  1. I used to have one for Ray when he was younger. It was mostly to get him out of his crate and have a potty break and not for an actual walk. For this I just had a gal who was a young mother and only worked part time who didn't mind running over to do this. That made the cost pretty low.

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    1. What a great idea! Maybe I can find someone around here!

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  2. I've never had the need for a dog walker although sometimes it would be really handy! I think that Melvin and Jake have a dog walker (or they used to) so you might check over on their blog.

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  3. If I worked long days I would seriously consider a dog walker. Perhaps to save money you could find a local college student or even teenage to get them out. When I was in college I walked dogs for very cheap because I wanted some dog time when I didn't have one. :)

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    1. Good thinking! That was something we couldn't do with Edi a year or so ago, but now would be a possibility.

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  4. We have a dog walker! She used to come Mon-Fri for mid-days everyday (when I was not working from home) but now she just comes on days when I need to be out (and so do the dogs). I always tell the walker that she makes me a better dog parent.

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