A foreshore stroll (and a sit-down protest)

Since the onset of Harry’s illness, our progress with walking has suffered a setback. Never an enthusiastic walker, I can’t work out whether he’s too old and doddery these days, or just stubborn. Given his gusto for a game of ball the moment we get back from a walk, I suspect the latter.

However, since discipline is not our strong point, most days we resort to luring him out of the house with a piece of cheese or the promise of a car ride. Both tactics were employed the other weekend, when we embarked on the Glebe Foreshore Walk.

Best foot forward.

The walking track stretches from Bicentennial Park to the fish market at Pyrmont and offers off-leash access from Pope Paul Reserve to Ferry Road, 24 hours a day.

Dogs share the path with pedestrians and cyclists so it can be a little hectic – but it’s lovely to have a decent expanse where dogs can explore freely.

A stranger is just a friend we haven’t yet met.

Actually, two was company…

Starting at Ferry Road, we sniffed and strolled our way along the path through Blackwattle Bay Park. We enjoyed views of the water, city skyline and Anzac Bridge, while Harry remained ever hopeful there would be a café around the next corner. When there was not, he gave up the ghost and cemented himself into the ground for a (now familiar) sit-down protest.

I have decided to sit. And stay.

Our walk was over and we retreated to the car for a drive to the nearest café.

Glebe Foreshore Walk

Dogs can enjoy off-leash access from Pope Paul Reserve to Ferry Road, 24 hours a day. For more information, visit the City of Sydney website.

4 thoughts on “A foreshore stroll (and a sit-down protest)

  1. Kelly

    I just realised you’re back posting. So lovely to hear from Harry again!
    Harry reminds me of our Old English Sheepdog – she hated walks; really didn’t understand the point (of course the thing I most looked forward to when I got her was lots of walking!). So we’d drive her to the off leash park twice a day where she had unlimited energy for ball and Frisbee games. Absolutely no enthusiasm for walking anywhere.

    1. Sydney Dog Post author

      Thank you, Kelly 🙂 So at least we aren’t the only ones! I used to think all dogs loved walking… oh well, at least my ball-throwing arm always gets a good workout.

  2. Karma

    I’m​ so glad you’re back! Been checking periodically to see if this blog has been updated. Considering Harry is an older dog, I feared the worst. Happy to hear he’s ok and that I can continue following your adventures. 😀 I admire that you adopted a senior dog. I was too selfish to adopt a dog older than 8 years (my rescue dog is 2) because I didn’t want to say goodbye too soon.

    Unfortunately my dog doesn’t like any dog biscuits much so those treat dispensing balls don’t work for him. I’m going to attempt to make my own treats and hopefully they will work better; he only seems to like cooked chicken even though I’m trying to feed him a raw diet. ;(

    My chi has taken a step backwards in walking leashed too which is unfortunate because he is a bundle of energy and needs the exercise. He thrashes around like he is possessed and runs and hides the moment he is leashed. He would definitely go outside without a leash but I live next to a busy road and I don’t want him to get killed by a car like my last dog. 🙁 Slowly trying to counter condition him.

    Harry is 12 now I believe? Which makes him the equivalent of nearly 70 in human so maybe he just wants to be relaxed and comfy in his old age and not have to deal with things like walks lol.

    I have been clicker training which has been a big help in giving my dog confidence and providing mental stimulation, especially the shaping exercises as he realises he is in charge. 🙂

    I will definitely be visiting some of the places you mentioned in the future so thank you for taking the time to write the reviews and posting the heartwarming photos.

    Best of luck to you and Harry!

    1. Sydney Dog Post author

      Hi Karma, thank you for your very kind message and I’m so sorry for the delay in replying – I wasn’t getting comments notifications…
      Yes, Harry is still well and happy. He has a fair few ailments (hence why we keep going quiet, as we’re really not up to much) but is still living a good life. I hear so many great things about clicker training – really should have started it when we adopted Harry – so good luck with that. Sounds like fun for you and your chi 🙂 Good luck on your adventures, hope some of our posts are helpful to you. And thanks again for getting in touch.


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