His name is Buddy and he is about 3 years old. I'd never EVER thought I'd say that, but: I would like to have a dog.
Buddy made me go out and walk A LOT! It was fun and felt really good, so I am going to take brisk walks every morning, for one hour.
This is where I walked this morning:
I put on a timer on my phone for half an hour, I would just walk without checking the time, and when the alarm went off I turned around and went back. I slowed down a bit on my way back, so I was active for 1 hour and 10 minutes :)
On my way I greeted almost everyone. When I walked Buddy last weekend other dog-owners would greet us, which I thought very nice. So this morning on my walk (9.35 - 10.45 am) without a dog I just greeted the people coming my direction. It was funny, some where really surprised, one didn't even move her head, but most just smiled back and greeted me. At one point of my walk I started to plan this post and I got very caught up. I stopped greeting people! I suddenly felt they were looking strange at me or something. Haha, I had been greeting people who looked angry some minutes ago, and they weren't angry, they just had a relaxed face (My relaxed face looks angry too, but I tend to forget that) and broke into a smile when greeting me :)
The most awesome thing about it was how I felt! It gave me a really good feeling. I had to curl my hands to fists because there was so much joy bubbling over in my heart and there was a tiny little laughing sound coming out. So, I am sorry to say: The greeting was very egoistic, I thought more about me than the others ;) Due to the time of day I took a walk, all the people were older than me (Kids at school). I am a little frightend of youths and young grown-ups, especially in groups. I don't know if I would have greeted them when meeting them. But at the end of my walk there were two boys and I had the chance to turn -- so I did. Maybe it's easier when it is only one young person, not two together.
I will do this every morning now, that will be a good training to be nice to people and smile at them. After some of that training I may get better at greeting younger ones as well ;)