You know what walking the dogs looks like, right? There is usually a leash involved, as well as actual walking dogs, xD. Well, one morning I discovered one way you “walk the dogs” in Japan, a way seen as common enough that when my host mother noticed me taking pictures of her and her two white fluffballs, she was confused. Why? She asked.
Indeed that was the question on my lips when I beheld the scene. Never had I imagined this was what she was doing after she let me know of her departure from the house in the mornings.
Here you actually walk the dogs, as in they sit in a pimped up trolley, which, may I add, looks specifically designed for this purpose (*mind blown*), and you push them along.
Is this all a new form of endurance training? It must be exercise for the person, versus the dogs, right?
So, you push the dogs, aye? How many in your trolley?
Huh, that’s nothing, I push like three Labrador pups every morning. Look, check out my wrist muscles.
Or… is it just that these dogs are incredibly pampered? I’m leaning more towards the latter, LOL.
My host mum thankfully soon gained that in Australia, at least, this was not how you walk the dogs, forgiving me for what she deemed as unjustified picture taking. She said that lots of Japanese walk their dogs like this.
I had got used to seeing the dogs with always some sort of “cute” dress on, with two matching bows which made their floppy ears look like pigtails. And I was already aware of the dogs’ fortnightly salon visit. But damn, dog trolleying is a whole new level of pampering.
I now can’t help but wonder, after seeing this, if maybe pets in different cultures are actually treated and seen differently? Like, maybe my host mum views her dogs as being too delicate and weak to walk… like normal dogs, haha. Safe to say I didn’t quite grasp her logic in that minute run-in.
Until next time,