Walking With Giant Dog

This is my Charlie. All 127 lbs of him (he’s a husky/shepherd/great Dane cross).

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This is him with my husband, who, at six feet tall, is not a small man. Suffice it to say that Charlie is…rather large. Which would explain my tendency to refer to him online these days as Giant Dog.

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Depending on the situation, other nicknames include Charlie-Horse (for obvious reasons), Moron, Prince Charles, Chuck, and Jesus Dog (long story…remind me to tell you sometime 😉 ). But I digress, because this post is about walks.

Charlie loves walks. Charlie needs walks. Without walks, Charlie becomes a pent-up force of nature that poses a distinct threat to household furniture. (Sofas and tables don’t stand a chance against 127 lbs of MUST. RUN. NOW!!! Trust me on that. 😛 ). Fortunately, we have some amazing trails in the area where I can turn him loose to run off some of that boundless energy and enthusiasm. Also fortunately, from Charlie’s perspective, those trails generally include water and/or mud holes for cooling off. (His husky heritage makes his preferred walking temperature is sub-sub-sub-zero.)

From start to finish, this is what walking Giant Dog looks like on most days. 🙂

Start of the trail. Note the still pristine white paws.
Start of the trail. Note the still pristine white paws.
We truly are spoiled to have this just 5 minutes from home!
We truly are spoiled to have this just 5 minutes from home!
I don't stand a chance of keeping up...
I don’t stand a chance of keeping up…
...unless he finds a cool spot to wait...
…unless he finds a cool spot to wait…
...or a bog to play in. :P
…or better yet, a bog to play in.
After which he emerges without quite-so-pristine feet. Or chest. Or belly. Or chin. *sigh*
After which he emerges without quite-so-pristine feet. Or chest. Or belly. Or chin. *sigh*
Fortunately, we have a "rinse cycle" available to us. ;)
Thankfully, we have a “rinse cycle” available to us before we head home to dry off! 😉

So…who’s up for a walk? Or maybe bathing a dog…? 😉

 


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6 responses to “Walking With Giant Dog”

  1. sharonstogner Avatar

    lol! that would drive me nuts! I’m so jealous of your trails 🙂

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Love, love, LOVE my trails, Sharon — and I’ve learned to live with the muck, lol!

  2. Kelsey Avatar

    Oh wow, he’s a big dog! I have enough trouble with two hyper cats running around destroying and knocking things over lol, but it must be nice to go for walks everyday with him 🙂 I bet he’s a real softie.

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      He’s a total softie, Kelsey! Until someone comes to the door, and then he’s just plain scary. Ask the mailman! 😉

  3. Cynthia Miller (@cmillerrindy) Avatar

    Gorgeous pictures. I love all things dog! Including dogs who = 10 of my 12-pounders!

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Lol, Cynthia…your dogs are about the size of one of Charlie’s squeaky toys. 😀 But he loves little dogs & tries to shrink himself down to their size to play. Too funny!

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