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Lonely Walk

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I took a walk on the perimeter trail through our woods yesterday for the first time since Delilah died. That path was getting footsteps (boot steps) up to three times a day with Delilah to give her exercise that would expend her high energy. Sometimes I wasn’t all that interested in making the trek for a third time in a day, but I never regretted the opportunity once I was out there getting my own exercise and experiencing our precious wooded acres.

Without Delilah needing to be walked, I have been avoiding wandering our trails, partly out of respect that it was her thing and she isn’t with us anymore, but also because it would poke at my grief over her passing. Yesterday, I decided to trek through the crusty snow for the first time in almost three months to see if any trees have fallen or what wild animal tracks might be visible now that there isn’t a dog living here.

There were a few branches down and several spots where limbs burdened by snow had tipped over, now frozen in place. No large trees have come down in all the winter weather we’ve received thus far.

It was a lonely walk and it did poke my grief.



Written by johnwhays

January 15, 2023 at 11:30 am

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  1. I walk with our dogs. I can only imagine your grief at the lonely trek. I walk the large dogs together a mile in the morning and mile in the afternoon on a short path just behind the house. I walk the little dog on the same trail somedays but try to give him a longer walk of anywhere from 2 to 3.5 miles venturing all over the property. They are all great companions.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    January 17, 2023 at 5:36 pm

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