Do you have a mantra? I do, I “walk with purpose”! I have come to accept that my geriatric dog can’t go the distance like he used to! He gets tired, but I will give him props, other than a new desire to stop and spread his scent every five feet, Lucas doesn’t poke along, he can motor! I am not an insensitive gal, I get that some of my canine companions are smaller in stature, it takes a lot of effort for them to keep up with my gait and some of the more senior dogs need to take their time and that’s exactly what we do! It was cold this morning, -16 I think I heard, with the wind chill. I got the boys suited up in their winter coats and thought I would treat them by taking a different route! I am not sure if it was the frigid temps, the change in scenery or whether one of my charges was having an off day, but the concept of purposefully walking certainly was not our mission statement this morning! Today’s tag line was ‘artful dodging’! Walk two feet, stop abruptly on a patch of ice and see if the lady at the end of leash can stay on her feet! One minute we are walking the straight and narrow and the next, let’s suddenly veer to the right, don’t flip Andrea, hold on tight! Poke, poke, poke along, while our dog walker hums a song! The catchword for the day ‘patience’….I tried to be the embodiment of that concept, that was my purpose.