I don’t know about you but I seem to always encounter issues when I’m out walking Sherman and Leroy. Most days all I want is a nice and relaxing walk with my boys, but more often than not I find myself just waiting for the next curious motorist to scare the living daylights out of me and make our walk anything but relaxing.
So the other day, while I was out walking the boys, I came up with a list of 6 ways motorists can assist me in having that nice and relaxing walk with my dogs that I crave.
Six ways motorists can assist me in enjoying a nice walk with my dogs.
- Don’t beep. I have almost peed my pants more times than I care to admit when a motorist drives by and blows his horn and poor Sherman has jumped several feet off the ground on numerous occasions. A very slight, low key beep is acceptable but if you can’t control yourself, please don’t lay it on, and it is never, ever acceptable for a trucker to beep.
- No screaming. Geesh. Do you not see that I’m walking two very large dogs and that they may get spooked at you screaming, “Whoa! Look at those bears!” or “Woof-woof!” at the top of your lungs. Teenagers are especially good at this and a few of my friends who get a kick out of envisioning me peeing my pants beep and yell. They usually will see me flipping them the bird in their rear view mirror.
- Keep moving. We walk on a very busy street that is four lanes and several times people have stopped their cars in the middle of the road to ask questions. This is not safe for me, my dogs, my children or the motorist. This really makes me nervous because when Gracie was little and I was out for a walk with her and Sherman a car stopped on the road and another car crashed into it. Debris from the cars went flying and just missed hitting Gracie. I have no problem asking questions, but not in the middle of the road. I feel much more comfortable dog chatting if motorists pull off onto the side of the road, or in nearby driveway, and many people have. Safer is better.
- Yield. I’m a pedestrian with a dog. On our walks we walk past a busy gas station. We have to cross over three entrances to that gas station. At every entrance we stop and check out the traffic. We only walk when no one is coming and going and I have worked very long on getting the dogs to wait until I say it is safe to cross, however some people forget to use their turn signals and are not paying attention and we have had a handful of close calls. We’re not hard to miss.
- Littering. So many people throw food out of their cars and it always lands right in the middle of the sidewalk. This is called LITTERING and you can face a fine for this in most areas. I am very happy that you’re eating healthy but please keep your apple core in your car. Thank you.
- Specify who you are talking too. Are you talking to me or my dogs? The other day I was walking Leroy and some guy drove by in a red car, beeped and yelled, “Nice ass!” At first I was flattered and then I looked around to see if he may of been talking to someone else but it was just me and Leroy and I blushed a little. Then I realized that the guy was driving towards me and if my ass is that big that you can see it when you’re approaching me than I need to know. So in that case, was he talking about my ass or Leroy’s ass or did he mistake Leroy for a donkey? I’m confused.
So tell me, do you ever encountered any issues with motorists when out walking your dogs?