Dogging is better than jogging


  • when it’s cold out, the plastic NYTimes bag of warm poop in your pocket makes a fabulous hand-warmer
  • you meet the neighbors who have completely ignored you all those years you went jogging past
  • you get to stop to offer treats and not have to admit to yourself that you’re so out of breath you’re wheezing
  • if you talk to yourself, people think you’re sweet and doting instead of nuts
  • neighbor kids are interested in your dog instead of worried that you’re one of those strangers with candy they’ve heard about
  • in normal life you can deal with those awkward periodic silences by reaching into a pocket, any pocket, and offering dog biscuits to your friends