One of my favourite things in the world is taking the dog out for a long walk by the river. We live near the River Mersey in South Manchester and we’re lucky enough to have woodlands, meadows, fields and riverbank to explore. It’s perfect dog walking territory and all just a few minutes walk from our house. Of course, we’re none of us altogether thrilled at the idea of going out while it’s lashing down. But as the rain turns to a more acceptable drizzle, the dog starts looking at her lead, and then at me. So it’s boots and raincoat on and out the door we go.
Our dog, Penny is two years old now. She’s supposed to be a sprocker (a cocker spaniel, springer spaniel cross), but she didn’t stop growing and her fur is much longer and curlier than it should be, so we think there’s a bit of standard poodle in there somewhere. Whatever she is, she is an absolutely beauty. She’s as sharp as a tack and really loving. We got her to keep me company as I work from home. We also hoped that’s she’d encourage me away from my desk and into the great outdoors. She has done that alright!
My husband takes her out each morning and sometimes after work if she’s still got too much bounce about her. I take her out most afternoons, so she gets two or three walks a day. At weekends she gets longer walks down by the river, through the woods and across the meadows. Penny lives for tennis balls and would chase them until her legs fell off if you’d let her. She doesn’t really run, she leaps like a gazelle. She is pure unadulterated joy in dog form. She’s the best.
When you’re dog walking in the winter, you really need to wrap up and wear all the right gear. The wind along the river cuts right through you, the paths are muddy and slippery and it’s so very cold out there. A good thick waterproof coat is an essential and I don’t go anywhere without a hat. An umbrella is pointless but good sturdy boots like these men’s walking boots and some good gloves like these men’s North Face gloves are an essential.
The dog doesn’t care what you wear. She just wants a run, and if it’s not too cold, she will have a dip in the river too. A good shake and she’s off galloping again. She’s great fun to walk, but it’s not so much fun if you’ve got a hole in your ancient boots or a not quite cosy enough coat. I would suggest that now is exactly the right time to take a look at what your winter dog walking gear including men’s gloves such as Men’s North Face gloves is and go out and make any updates required. Like I did when I got my new gloves like these from Women’s North Face accessories.
My husband needed new men’s hiking boots and a pair of men’s gloves. The boy needs a thick winter coat and I definitely need a new dog walking hat. Mine saw better days at least two years ago. I’ve got new boots too and it’s so nice to have dry feet again. It really does pay to have good dog walking gear throughout the winter.
As famous walker Alfred Wainwright once said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”.