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Walk your dog, swoon over puppies
Real-life rescue pups Olive (left) and Zelda star as driving dogs in Subaru TV ads.

I live in Seattle, and walked my dogs during the first quarter of the Seattle Seahawks v. Chicago Bears NFL playoff game a couple weeks ago. I was thrilled with the traffic-free streets of my neighborhood. Many of the blocks around my house don’t have sidewalks, so normally Lulu, Renzo and I have to share the road with too-fast cars. Other than snow days, which paralyze this city, a football playoff game is just about the best street-clearing mechanism around.

 
So, I totally get the idea behind the Subaru Game Day Dog Walk Event—essentially, roll yourself off the couch and walk your dog during the Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 6. Of course, I know Bark readers walk their dogs every day, and many of us do this two or three times a day, but wouldn’t it be fun to flood into car-free roads with our dogs at the same time lots of other folks with dogs flood into the streets. For a few hours, we could turn our neighborhoods into flash-mob meetings of the dog lover’s club.
 
Why stop there? Maybe this day can inspire us to walk other dogs, especially those of us who don’t have a dog in our life at this time (sigh). The Game Day Dog Walk Event could be a catalyst for starting a regular practice of volunteering as a dog walker for a shelter or rescue organization, or maybe just helping to walk the dogs of a neighbor who is sick, overworked, or taking care of a new baby.
 
Of course, I say all this knowing I will need to be home to check in on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VII, yes VII, which, it turns out Subaru is also sponsoring. (They’re everywhere!)

 

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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