Why walk a dog?......When you can walk a cat.
I have been trying to walk at least a mile a day for the last few weeks. Some days I succeed and some days I fail. I have tracked an even one mile walk from my driveway down 2.5 blocks, across one and down three winding up at the other end of my street. I have walked this a few times by myself.
Saturday I made the mistake of walking near dinner time for my outdoor cat which means she was out and about and not sleeping somewhere. I cant call her a stray anymore because she is mine. I feed her and care for her. She decided to follow me. She usually on a normal day stays between my house and the two houses beside me and never crosses the street. She followed me all the way to the end of the block. I was very concerned because I would cross two busy streets and she would have to too. Then if she got lost I would worry. She was very skiddish too at this point. Thankfully this day some of the teenagers in the neighborhood were gathered on a porch and she decided to go get some attention. I told them I would be walking and just to shoo her on back down to my end in a few. They said they would and were delighted to pet her. She mosied her way on back home within 45 minutes.
This evening my Mom and I set out to walk. I was smart this time and fed her so she would be distracted. It did not work. She followed us all the way to the end of the block. The worry in me would not allow myself to go any further. I calculated how many times I would have to walk my own block to make up this route. It would be three times up and back. This cat followed me the entire walk. She kept up with me. She did not complain until the last trip. She then slowed down and would wail if I got too far ahead of her. It was so funny watching her and if any of the neighbors were watching, I am sure they were amused too. I even had to wait on her twice as she did what a dog would do on its walk, potty breaks. When we returned to the house , she went straight to the outdoor faucet and waited for me to give her fresh water. Who needs a dog?
I have been wanting a dog just for walking but did not want give all the care for a dog right now. I guess God answered my prayer. He gave me a walking cat.
I need to take a picture next time.