Living in the hills of western Massachusetts, I have the luxury of being able to walk right out the door into the woods or onto the country road for a pleasant walk with the dogs. We do this early in the morning around 6:30 AM – it’s so quiet and peaceful then… my favorite time of the day. At this time of the year, the air is crisp and the sun is shiny and bright. Occasionally, we’ll run into a flock of wide turkeys. They’re so tame around here (and plentiful), they don’t fly off when they see the dogs approaching. We’ll often run into a neighbor or two and stop for a chat. Later in the day, the dogs love it, too, when I pop them in the car and head to a section of the bike path. In our area, we have miles and miles of contiguous bike paths connecting several area towns. Here the dogs get to meet people and other dogs along the way, stop and socialize for a few minutes, and move along. It’s a great place to socialize a puppy or dog in training to be a therapy dog. Sometimes we’ll meet up with a friend and take the walk together. The dogs love their special walking time – and so do I – wherever we go.