Bright lights, dark nights, and twinkling lights of holiday decorations are beautiful and worth enjoying walks that take them all in. Walking your dog at night can unfold all sorts of wonders from neighborhood decorations, to catching up with good friends as they too go for walks. It is a time of good tidings and meeting up with old acquaintances.
Walking at night in Muskoka is filled with more natural wonders. For example, there is no store-bought decorations that can compete with the stunning landscape of snow-laced pine trees, green and gold this time of year, or winter-berries capped with white as their red plump skin glisten in the cold air. And then you can look up, and see the amazing tapestry of stars above your head, so very bright with Huntsville's Dark Sky Initiative.
We can plan early to ensure as we walk in the city or the country that we are safe from hazards such as tripping hazards on poorly-lit pathways, or locating our four-legged friend when he is off-leash in the back paddock. Purchasing reflective gear, whether a collar or a coat is a good start to making sure your dog can be seen. Some collars light up allowing you to keep an eye on your dog if they are off-leash. A personal LED headlight is an exceptional way to navigate through winter fields and keep your hands free.
Make sure your winter walk with your best friend is outfitted to enjoy both the well-walked pathways and also off the beaten paths too. Being prepared with personal lighting for you and your friends opens up adventures - and don't forget to look up into the star-lit sky.
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.