Walk Challenge

16 Jan

Bongo following behind his younger personOver the weekend I took both my person and my younger person for a walk at the same time. That was really a challenge because I only had one leash and I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep both of them in line.

My younger person has been hanging out at his computer for most of his break from school, and I figured since he wasn’t used to our walks he’d probably stick close. So I let him go off leash.

Yeah, I know there’s a rule that all people are supposed to be walked on a leash, but sometimes a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

We headed out and the first thing I had to do was convince my younger person that we were not going on a little five minute walk. This walking stuff is serious business and he’d better get used to it.

Then, a little while later he wanted to stick to the trails instead of scrambling over the rocks like I’m used to doing. I don’t think he understood that you have to go over the rocks to get to my puddle. That route is non-negotiable.

When I started to head into the wash I was really afraid my younger person was going to run off.

Younger person looking back at Bongo

Don’t You Run Off!


I had to follow him and go the other way because I thought I’d lose him.

Younger Person, you’ve got to understand – I’m supposed to be taking you for a walk – not the other way around.

I think I’m going to have to teach my younger person to heel before we go out for another long walk.


Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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47 responses to “Walk Challenge

  1. marina kanavaki

    January 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Duh! …humans!
    Maybe you should consider putting the leash on your younger person rather than your person who -I think- is well trained already!

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Marina, I’m for sure gonna do that next time. But I might have to fight with him. Sometimes he resists that leash.

  2. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom

    January 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Heel… it’s such an important thing to learn!

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Emily, I’ve been working hard on that with my younger person. Sometimes he’s a slow learner.

  3. Anonymous

    January 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

    B., I’m so happy you managed to get your family home safely. It sounds like your younger person definitely needs extensive training. I mean he actually thought HE was taking YOU for a walk!! Hilarious!

    Love and licks,

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Cupcake, sometimes you have to let your people think they’re in control. For some reason that makes them happier.

  4. Jaz

    January 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Make sure that your younger person understands that you are in control Bongo 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Jaz, I try but sometimes I have to humor my younger person and let him think he’s in control.

      • Jaz

        January 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        LOL 🙂

  5. Will and Eko

    January 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Young people these days! You gotta teach em the ropes.

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Will and Eko, that’s for sure. And I think I’ll have to teach mine about walking on a leash too.

  6. philosophermouseofthehedge

    January 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Poor Bongo. You were probably worn completely out after this walk.

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Karen, it really is tiring when one of your people isn’t very cooperative.

  7. misswhiplash

    January 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    He sure sounds as though he is need of some strict proper training for a younger person…and you my dear Bongo are just the dog to do it..snap to it!

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Patrecia, I’m getting on his training right now. Oops! Where is he? Oh yeah, he went back to that college place. Well, I’ll train him this weekend then.

  8. dianeskitchentable

    January 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    It’s a challenge Bongo. I’m pretty good at herding but geez, sometimes people can be sooo stubborn – that’s when you have to do the circling & poke them in the butt.

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Lola, that poking in the butt gets them moving every time. Thanks for the reminder.

      • dianeskitchentable

        January 17, 2013 at 6:17 am

        My great-great ancestors used to herd cows so it’s in the genes. Just remember Bongo, cows, people…got to keep the herd together. Cats – well that’s a little tougher.

      • Bongo

        January 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        Lola, cats are a totally lost cause. And sometimes I wonder about people. They seem to have minds of their own too.

  9. Two French Bulldogs

    January 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Thank goodness little person paid attention and stayed close. Hope he is microchipped
    Benny & Lily

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Benny & Lily, I might have to threaten him with microchipping if he tries to run off again. That would scare him. He doesn’t like needles and things.

  10. onebluedog

    January 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    It sounds like you have a lot of with to do, Bongo! But I bet your younger person will figure out how things work in no time 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Remy, I’m going to get on his obedience school as soon as he gets back from that college place.

  11. tylersat99

    January 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Really does sound like he needs a few lessons from you on walking. You can’t just turn around or stop going and you certainly cannot skip the puddle. He needs a lot of work Bongo!!

    • Bongo

      January 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Lexie and Mica, my work is definitely cut out for me.

  12. eripanwkevin

    January 17, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Oh no Bongo…the last picture is as if your younger person was waiting for you to make sure you following! That’s not true, isn’t that?
    You’re very patient to let your younger person lead you!!! 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Kevin, my younger person only wanted to make it look like he was waiting for me. I think he was about to run away and wanted to see if I would be able to catch him.

  13. Dalton

    January 17, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Good luck with that, mine still can’t heel – they walk SO slowly!!!

    • Bongo

      January 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Dalton, it’s so hard to get people to heel. Either they’re dragging along with their camera out – or they drag me along when I find a good sniff.

      • Dalton

        January 18, 2013 at 2:02 am

        It really is a wonder why we take them out at all!

      • Bongo

        January 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

        Dalton, sometimes it would be a lot easier just to go for walks on our own. But I guess I’ve got to do my duty and make sure my people get their exercise.

  14. angelswhisper2011

    January 17, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Your younger person wants to prove something, Bongo, well, I guess this time he was lucky, next time you show him who is in charge 🙂
    I bring you The Shine On Award, hope it brightens up your day 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Angels Whisper, I’m for sure telling my younger person who’s boss. I hope he listens. And thanks so much for the award. It did brighten my day.

  15. themisadventuresofmisaki

    January 17, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Good luck with training your younger person, mine walks soooo slow sometimes

    • Bongo

      January 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Misaki, I’m not sure how to speed our people up. And then when I find a good sniff they won’t slow down for me. Such a challenge.

  16. sandrabranum

    January 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Yes Bongo; you gotta train all us humans right!

    • Bongo

      January 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Sandra, I’m working on it. Come on by for some lessons any time.

  17. Ozzy

    January 18, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Our humans sure do need a lot of training when it comes to walking etiquette!

    • Bongo

      January 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Ozzy, it’s a constant battle, trying to get our humans in line. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  18. Bassa's Blog

    January 19, 2013 at 1:24 am

    You let your younger person off the leash Bongo? Risky! 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Bassa, I found that out the hard way when my younger person almost ran off. I think I’d better get an extra leash.

  19. kolytyi

    January 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Your young person is a really handsome guy. I think you’re right when you keep him on leash; he might be stolen!

    • Bongo

      January 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Kolytyi, I think there are some girl dogs who would really like to steal my younger person away. You’re right, I’d better keep a close eye on him.

  20. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag)

    January 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Good idea sweet Bongo your younger person needs to know all the commands so he will be safe and let you lead. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Bongo

      January 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Chancy and Mumsy, I’m working on the training, but it’s a really long, slow process. Guess I’d better get a short leash. Hugs and nose kisses back to you.

  21. colliesofthemeadow

    January 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Ginger says… bah .. humans what can you do with them….

    • Bongo

      January 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Ginger, humans are so hard to control sometimes. I think we might have to send them to a special school with a lot of tough dogs for trainers.


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