Thursday, November 18, 2010

Take Back the Night

As the weather turns in Vancouver I long to hibernate and come back to life with the plants in Spring. I try to live my life as normal and not let the fact that it gets dark at 4:30, hinder my daily activities. I exercise at the gym or at home but I MISS the fresh air. There's something about taking in a deep breath of salty air that's good for my soul.

I'm a super duper cautious lady and whenever I see a woman outside exercising in the dark I offer up a prayer for her safety. I know that's a bit extreme but better safe then sorry, right?

This year I came up with a genius solution to allow me to get fresh air and exercise at the same time. I went downstairs, knocked on my neighbor's door and asked if I could borrow their dog. They were more than happy to oblige. In fact, they were so happy I think it made up for the months of Levi dropping his soother on the hardwood and waking them up EVERY single morning. Who doesn't want someone to walk their dog for free? It's the perfect, mutually beneficial plan.

Now, several evenings a week Monty and I go for runs. Actually it is more of a walk/sprint. This dog only goes slow or fast but either way I'm working up a sweat. I feel safe knowing that Monty will go postal if I'm faced with any stranger danger.

I'm going to state the obvious but if you are going to borrow someone's dog for protection probably a little pug is not going to be much help. A pug might turn in circles and bark really loud, but it WILL pass out before any one is aware you need help. I recommend a dog that looks a little bit tough.

Isn't this a great reason to love your neighbor? Friendship can lead to wonderful opportunities. For me, it was the chance to borrow a puppy and take back the night.


  1. What sort of dog is Monty anyway?

  2. I don't know. Medium size mut. Maybe a border collie? I'll have to ask.