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Extreme Dog Walking

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This is the new, ultra hip, super cool sport for happenin’ dudes, dudesses and their doggies.

Started on the Dorset coast in the autumn of 2010, it has finally brought together the noble traditions of dog walking, singing in the rain and mad, British malarkey.   Contrasted with the idea that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, this is the sport where only bonkers Brits and adventurous dogs go out in a torrential storm.

You’ve never been really wet until you’ve been Extreme Dog Walking.  When the rain has been blown past horizontal, round to vertical but going upwards, then you begin to get a flavour of this exciting and challenging sport.  When you have to walk with your face turned away from the stinging shotgun pellets that are rain drops while the dogs whimper and scuttle about your feet, only then will you begin to understand the determination, courage and true grit necessary to survive and succeed in this competition to end all competitions.  Far below the sea can just be seen as a seething mass of whitewater.  As the squalls come in the whole environment darkens and the gale force winds thrash and tangle at hat and clothing.  Even with the air temperature at 17 C, the rain makes your hands freeze and your face smart.  All you can do is call the dogs on, put your head down, gird your loins, steel your determination and go forth into the turbulence.  There is no option to stop.  It is as far to go on as it is to retreat.  Forwards is the only option. Onwards to the end, to glory and glorious triumph!

As in all such endurance events the best bit is when it stops.  A first layer of saturated “waterproofs” is peeled off and then the dogs are towelled down.  Then off come the boots, often with gushes of water as each one is removed.  Finally, right down to the underwear, each soaking layer is removed and the steam begins to rise.  Then we begin to yarn, to talk of how every gust seemed bigger than the last. To boast of how we just made it through when all seemed lost, how we nearly got caught by that “gnarly” one, how we feel so “stoked” and “trashed” by our experience.  Then we sit around in our “baggies”, drinking beer and smokin’ weed, knowing that we know what others never can, knowing that up there in them thar hills is where we feel really alive, where our sport of Extreme Dog Walking makes life worthwhile!

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  1. I’m considering getting a dog at this very time but I never figured I would be on the verge of taking up an extreme sport. Not at my age 🙂

    But since you put it like that it does seem a great way of getting your day started (or finished – come rain or shine) and as an aside in closing apparently dog owners are, statistically WAY fitter than people who pay £40 a month gym membership.

    Its easy to see why.


    October 1, 2010 at 11:44 am

    • It is a great way to start the day. Quite honestly, much as I love it up there when the sun is blazing and the breeze is gentle, I think I like it best when it’s a mad, crazy storm!

      Peter Reynolds

      October 1, 2010 at 11:59 am

  2. All my dog walks are extreme in some way but there’s nothing like a big storm.

    Get a dog Ian! You won’t regret it.

    Sarah Martin

    October 1, 2010 at 11:53 am

  3. did a bit of extreme dog walking this morning. Rain and wind weren’t nearly as wild as you describe, though I did have mist as well damp to contend with, but it was enough to remind me – as I squelched round the park with one sodden foot – that it was past time for me to buy a new pair of wellies.


    October 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    • Kilimanjaro-style, rugged walking boots here. It’s death or glory up there today. You should get out more Duncan, away from the virtual reality of the park. I’m told they do have real countryside up north or is that just a rumour?

      Peter Reynolds

      October 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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  5. Man and I thought my dog walking job was tough. Are you inspiration or the road to madness??


    October 26, 2010 at 8:39 am

    • I have no idea Phil. Only you can answer that question!

      Peter Reynolds

      October 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

  6. We’re thinking of doing an extreme dog walk on Salisbury Plain to raise money for Dorset Dog Rescue. I can’t guarantee heavy rain on the day though! Any other ideas to make it extreme? The safety of the dog being paramount of course!

    Sara Hughes

    November 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    • Well I’d love to join in and my two dogs and I will do a rain dance to see if that helps! As for the beer and weed, well I can help in part…

      Peter Reynolds

      November 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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