Buy or borrow one; either way, get yourself a dog. It’s guaranteed to get you outdoors in the fresh air every day, in all weathers. There’s something infectious about a dog’s pleasure at being released into the outdoors. But are humans really so different? After all, time spent in the open air can change your day for the better.
If you can’t commit to owning your own dog, you might consider walking a neighbour’s dog. There are lots of people out there who aren’t able to get out as often as they would wish. Here are some organisations who can put you in touch with dogs who need walking.
• Become an RSPCA dog-walking volunteer. rspca.org. uk/whatwedo/latest/blogs/details/-/articleName/ Blog_A_guide_to_voluntary_dog_walking • Cinnamon Trust helps elderly and terminally ill people take care of their pets. cinnamon.org.uk • Make it official through Borrow My Doggy. borrowmydoggy.com • READ MORE: In our March issue, naturalist Mike Dilger tells us how becoming a dog owner made him fall in love with the countryside all over again.