This won’t make me very popular. But I believe dogs should sleep outdoors.
And so should their people.
Dogs are less likely to suffer from what writer Richard Louv called nature deficit disorder. But it’s not for our lack of trying.
- We skip walks when it’s cold, rainy, or snowy.
- Or worse, we skip walks entirely (small dogs suffer this the most).
- We want our dogs to be with us so we take them to work, shopping, and in the car when we do errands.
- We spend most of our time indoors and keep the dogs by our side.
And I’ve done it too.
I don’t even want to tell you how many hours I’ve spent working on my computer with Honey sleeping under the desk.
But it’s time to get out, people.
And today, I’m planning to be indoors as little as possible. It’s the second longest day of the year and I’m going to take advantage of it.
To celebrate solstice, I set up a tent in the back yard. It’s hardly the wilderness. But I woke up to bird songs and sunlight flooding my tent. Everything is damp and dewy. And Honey alerts me to any interesting critters sneaking by in the weeds.
It feels good to be outside. I wonder if Honey agrees.
Mostly, I think Honey prefers to be with us. But I sense her satisfaction when she’s lying in the garden in the sun. More than I do when she’s just snoozing on the couch.
Certainly the outdoors smells are more interesting as the breeze brings new aromas to her nostril.
And despite the sound of cars on nearby streets trying to drown them out, I hear the nearby waterfalls, wind in the trees, and birds. I notice Honey’s ears perking up sometimes too. I wonder what she’s heard that I’ve missed.
The tent has to come up so I can mow the
grass lawn skunk cabbage and clover patch in our back yard. But maybe I can convince Mike and Honey to sleep in the yard with me again.
It’s great medicine for nature deficit disorder. Or for whatever ails you.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite cure for Nature Deficit Disorder? And does your dog like it too?