I adopted Berlin, a Belgian Malinois (Mal-in-wah) mix, from the North Central L.A. Animal Shelter in July 2010. She is a constant loving light in my life. She inspires me to be at peace, enjoy the present, and to get out!
Berlin and I walk for 20 minutes twice a day. Our evening walk is even replaced with a run several times a week. It is a bonding activity that we both enjoy. Of course, these activities also keep us healthy, and for me, away from tempting snacks at home. We are truely earning our dinner!
When we started to venture into the neighborhood for these outings, I quickly learned that I need to make it activity for the both of us. With cars blowing STOP signs and others edging up through cross walks, the streets/sidewalks are a danger zone for pedestrians. This is why I have purchased a light up dog leash to increase our visibility.