5 Benefits of Checking Your Pooch’s P-Mail


My sweetie and I are just back from  a three-day, birthday getaway to New Orleans.  Cafe Du Monde, The French Quarter, The Garden District, and did I mention Cafe Du Monde?

We both needed the escape since the stress level in our house is a bit on the high side.  I’ve been nose-to-the-grindstone lately as I plan, plot and prepare to launch my new career.

Over the weekend, after a couple of hours of brainstorming, I thought, “I should get out of here for a while.  My brain waves are frying and I need a diversion.  Maybe I’ll walk the dog.”

Usually, when I have such a thought, the next thought loops right back to whatever project I’m involved with and the poor dog goes unwalked.  It’s easy to do one more thing, check one more site or look at one more potential profile.

But not this time.

This time I listened to my intuition.

Strap on the harness, snap on the leash

Since moving into a townhouse with a fenced yard, Jazzy’s formal walks screeched to a halt.  Who wants to deal with poop bags when you can open the door?

Jazzy was nearly apoplectic by the time I got her ready.  We made it to the light pole at the end of the driveway before she stopped for her first P-mail check.

A dog’s sense of smell is her most powerful; did you know as a canine reaches the final stages of her life, her smeller is the last sense to leave her?

I read somewhere that dogs communicate with each other by scent and can tell who has stopped where on any given route.  So if you’re walking a regular path in a neighborhood or park, the more your dog hikes his leg or squats her hiney, the more social she is!  She’s like the gossip queen of the pooch patrol!

Okay, so I made up the last part.  I have no idea about the socialization of smelling.

But I do know that Jazzy is a frequent stopper.  So we figure she’s either a nosey little hound who has to be in everybody’s business or she’s a marketing whiz (pun intended!) who wants everyone to know her business!

Learning the benefits of P-mail

As your dog’s human, you can’t know the canine mode of communication, be it social or otherwise.  But you can learn to put your pup’s behavior to good use.

On our weekend jaunt, I thought of five benefits.  There is no-doubt many more.

P-mail benefit #1:  You get to notice the season’s first flowers.  I saw a daffodil in full bloom–on February 17th!

P-mail benefit #2:  Since a dog seldom steps in another’s leave-behinds, you get alerted where not to step as well, thereby saving the effort of taking a stick to the crevices in the bottom of your sneakers.

P-mail benefit #3:  Each time your dog stops to check-in, you can do a check-in of your own by taking a deep breath as you turn your face to the sun.

P-mail benefit #4:  There’s lots of gratitude in each of you being able to walk any distance at all.

P-mail benefit #5:  Bonding time.  Can you even imagine how much more your dog adores you for stopping your precious work and taking her out on an adventure?  And vice-versa, of course.

Most of us are addicted to checking our own P-mail (that’s people-mail!) so be a pal and let your pooch out for some social time.  You, my human friend, will reap the rewards.  You can even have your own Scooby-snack afterwards!

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  1. I can so relate. Our dogs are wonderful for a variety of reasons, but walking them which requires getting up and out the door is definitely a good one! Our dogs can teach us so much! Glad you enjoyed your weekend.

    • Beth says:

      Hi Cathy,

      This is the second time I’m replying to your comment! Sometimes I long for the simplicity of a dog checking P-mail! No electronic hook-up!

      Jazzy wanted to go for another P-mail check yesterday but it was so windy here that I feared she would become airmail!

      B well, my friend and have a great day!

  2. Priska says:

    Hi Beth,

    I used to always start things then after about 6 weeks, all would fizzle out.

    I have however managed to retain 3 anchors in my day for over a year now.

    They are writing each morning, midday meditation and an afternoon walk with the dog.

    It was the non judgmental practice of mindfulness and learning to come back to my breath, using mindfulness helped me to develop the ability to come back to even when life drifts takes me in other directions for a time.

    Yes, life still gets in the way sometimes (like visitors or rain) but I come back without punishment or critisism.

    My afternoon dog walk is the time-out leisure activity of the day.

    Sometimes I take photos of interesting things with my iphone, or walk with bare feet mindfully over a lush grassed area (I’ve reached an age where I don’t worry about looking peculiar) or listen to an audio or podcast.

    I also love meeting young children who ask if they can pat the dog. Their joy brings a smile to my dial.

    • Beth says:

      Hello Priska,

      I love that you’ve given yourself permission to deviate from your routine without judgement or criticism . . . I want to be like you when I grow up!

      I also like the idea of seeing an afternoon dog walk as a time-out leisure activity. Sounds like a gift to me. I don’t often think I deserve those gifts and my drive to keep plugging away interferes with me being good to me.

      Thanks to your words, I’m going to work to change that!

      All the best today!


  3. LaDonna says:

    HI Beth,

    Great post and it is so true. I usually walk with Lucy in the mornings unless its too cold or raining (she hates the rain as much as I love it). Snrises here are the best and the world is still sleepy and relatively quiet (except for the birds and critters) making this time of day perfect for Lucy and I.

    I’ve found if I get busy and we don’t walk, she’ll bring her ball around 4:00 and persistently nudge me until I give in and either play ball for a little while or ask the miracle question (for her), “do you want to go for a walk?” Instantly she’s running in small circles, jumping around and ready to go. Her energy is contagious and before I know it we’re out walking and I’m feeling inspired and energized too.

    I’ve enjoyed hearing Priska’s method too – having struggled with when to get that all important meditation in since I’ve begun writing each morning — why not a mid-day meditation? Great idea. Thanks to both of you for the insights and ideas.

    • Beth says:

      It sounds like Jazzy and Lucy would make quite a pair, LaDonna! Like you, I think an early afternoon jaunt might ward off what I call the “determined-to-drive-me-crazies” that start up around 4 p.m.

      It’s worth a shot and with the mild weather we’re having, seems like a no-brainer.

      Love and hugs!


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