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Is There a Dog Who Needs You to Grab her Leash?
Try something new for National Walk Your Dog Week

Really? This is National Walk Your Dog Week? Will we never stop setting aside days or weeks or even months for the obvious? Isn’t walking your dog near the top of the dog-care list after feeding them and keeping them safe?

Of course, there are dogs out there who don’t get walked much or at all—and no lazy pet parent is to blame. Some shelters don’t have the resources to make sure every dog gets a daily constitutional. Breeding dogs in puppy mills or dogs used in experiments might never feel lawn or pavement under their feet. Even well-cared-for-pets can hit a patch of inactivity when their people are busy or, worse, sick.

So this week, why not take a look around and see if there’s a dog you can help to some fresh air and exercise.

Walking a dog is a privilege and a joy—so let’s spread it around.


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

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