L O O K I N G O U T F O R O N E A N O T H E R
“Walking a dog is a lesson in the simplicities of happiness, but you need to throw sticks to get maximum benefit from the lesson. “— Steve Fowler.
This week’s challenge on partner Susan and my site is DOG WALKING.
This installment is dedicated to all those readers who do not have a dog of their own, do not want a dog of their own but are momentarily envious of the fun and frolicking nature of the playful pooches their friends have as pets.
I am sure that in many cities around the world the local animal shelter has devised some type of people/pooch day in which a human can enjoy the company of a sheltered pet for a few hour stroll about the shelter grounds.
In Edmonton, the SPCA ( Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals) offers such folks the opportunity to enjoy the company of man’s best friend for a few hours at a nominal cost. The dog gets to enjoy the company of a human being and the human experiences the momentary thrill of having their own pet.
Everyone benefits from this arrangement. The caged animal not only shares freedom from his cell but also gets to enjoy human company. The human gets to interact with a real-life dog without a long term commitment.
Finally, the shelter benefits from the nominal monetary contribution which goes to support the other animals housed in the shelter.
Have you ever considered expanding your horizons and visiting such a shelter to experience the company of man’s best friend for a few hours? Do you think this is a good idea for all concerned? Are you a dog lover? Give us your take on this. As always, our challenge is flexible so please interpret in a way that suits you – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.
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