Things I Learned from Jake: Always Go for the Walk


There’s not enough time. It’s drizzling. It’s too hot. It’s too cold.

Forget all that. Go for the Walk.

You will never find you’ve spent too much time with your friend, outside.

You will always regret the walks you didn’t take – the opportunities squandered for less important things.

I learned to discuss the possibility of taking a walk very obscurely, around my pets. Jake figured out the word, so I started spelling it.

Then he figured out what I was spelling.

Then he figured out all the synonyms.

I should have just said the word, then immediately caved in when he ran over, tapped his leash, and looked back at me.

The worst possible outcome would have been a walk, outside, with my buddy.