Often I get asked why I’m so perfect. And while immensely flattering, it isn’t true. Spoiler alert: I may have a few issues. In today’s first installment of discussing the ways my issues involve my dogs, I have a dog mom confession.
I have never (ever) intentionally taken either of my dogs for a walk in the rain.
Now I know this might not seem like a big deal if I lived in Arizona or California. But I live near Seattle. As in the Seattle where it rains all the damn time.
In my defense, I am a California transplant and still mostly of the opinion that rain is fairly icky. My dogs, however, have only ever lived in and traveled within the Pacific Northwest, but somehow they also dislike the rain. I mean, they go out and do their business in the rain, but it is definitely quickly!
I try to defend my decision by saying if I don’t like walks in the rain, and the dogs don’t like walks in the rain, why force it? Seems logical, right? But as I mentioned previously, we live near Seattle. Sometimes there are weeks that go by with very few dry patches. My dogs are able to get exercise by running around inside the house and playing games like fetch, but it is no match for time spent running around outside or going on a decent walk.
Plus, aside from the exercise, my dogs need walks for social and training reasons.
What is a wussy dog mom to do?
I have to say I was really inspired today by this post by Bethany of Cascadian Nomads on walking in a downpour. As a non-wussy dog mom, living in the same weather area I do, she takes her dogs on walks in all sorts of conditions. She’s also found a cool product to keep dry, that I need to try.
If I get myself toasty and warm and decide to hate walking in the rain less, I have a feeling my dogs will sort of follow suit. And I definitely feel a bit more confident about the whole deal after reading these tips from Kol’s Notes on how they cope with 9 months of rain.
So, how about you? Walking in the rain with your dog is…
- A necessary evil
- Not gonna do it