The perils of a two-dog walk (when one of said dogs is a leg-lifter): Duke peed on Gertie’s
head. Innocent little Gertie was just sniffing a parking curb framed by apparently fragrant weeds, when Duke decided to mark that spot and showered pee onto her head. Gertie gave me a pathetic look as a urine droplet ran down the white flash between her eyes and pee dripped off her silky ears. What can I say? Boys are gross.
“All right, we’re going home for clean-up, ” growled. Luckily we were less than a block from home. Gertie endured a quick spot-bath, and then we tried Take 2 of the walk–and I watched where Duke was aiming his pee this time!
This incident happened in the first two weeks that we had Duke, though it happened again the other day. This one wasn’t quite as bad, but it did require a trip home for a baby-wipe spot clean.
I’m still trying to figure out the best way to walk two dogs. First of all, with our Invisible Fence, I have to lift both dogs over the line. I’m not Wonder Woman (unfortunately!), so I can’t lift two boxers as once. Which is why I load the dogs into my car, drive half a block to the track parking lots, and unload them. It’s pretty annoying.
And, of course, I get tangled in the leashes. I’m constantly passing a leash behind my back or turning in a circle to extract myself from the boxer-created web. I probably look like I’m doing my very own crazy-person choreography. Or I feel like I’m driving a team of horses, with one leash in each hand, and Duke’s poop bags stuffed under my arm (Gertie does not poop on walks, and I love her for it). I did try one of these tandem leash things that hooks to each dog’s collar and then you attach one leash to center ring:But the dogs were confused, and I couldn’t blame them. They actually tolerated the experiment well, but I don’t think I have the patience to train them on it. And I feel like they deserve more freedom to sniff their own smells or just enjoy their own space.
What advice do you have for two-dog walking? What are your funny walking-my-dog stories?