Brown Feist dog wearing an orange dog harness in the woods

Why You Should Go For A Lovely Walk In The Rain

A walk in the rain, anyone?

There are those days when it just won’t stop pouring and you’re pretty much stuck inside.

Unless you’re a dog mom, dad, or dog walker and still have to take your pups outside!

I happen to be both and we had one of those rainy, cloudy days earlier this week. So after I diligently avoided puddles and muddy areas with my client pups, I came home to my own pups.

Obviously, they still needed their exercise, too, so I loaded them up into the car for a little rainy adventure at one of our favorite parks in the area, Raven Rock State Park.

Below picture was obviously NOT taken on that rainy day!

Raven Rock State Park sign in NC

By the time I got home, the intensity of the rain had dwindled into softer showers and I figured that the foliage of the woods would keep us from getting drenched.

Well, I was wrong as far as that theory was concerned because the rain picked up again while we were en route to the park and we ended up getting thoroughly soaked.

Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated in 2023. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you. 

Why You Should Go For A Lovely Walk In The Rain

Why you should go for a walk in the rain

Because It’s Not The End Of The World

So YES, our Ruffwear Approach backpack & Front Range harness were dripping wet as neither are waterproof, and so were my rain coat, tennis shoes, and treat pouch.

It wasn’t a big deal especially as far as the backpack was concerned. That’s because it didn’t hold anything that would have been spoiled had it gotten wet (which it did).

Either way, a little (even a lotta…) rain is not the end of the world.

While we did get soaked, we had towels in the car for everyone and Yours Truly even brought another set of fresh socks and shoes as well as Buzz’s harness to change into!

Because You’ll Love The Crisper Colors & Smells

I find that one very positive side effect of spring, summer, and fall rain is the seemingly crisper colors and smells it brings along.

Missy & Buzz definitely agree with the latter as they were busy sniffing every bush, tree, and blade of grass we came across.

Update 2023: And so is my pup Wally, a Feist mix! He joined me after I lost Missy to a second cancer diagnosis in 2018, and Buzz went to live with his Daddy after our divorce.

I myself enjoyed the bright green color of the leaves, especially when we stopped at a little wooden hut that offered some protection from the rain and made it possible for me to look up into the trees without getting an involuntary face wash!

The picture below features Wally on a rainy fall walk in the woods. He’s wearing one of OneTigris’ mesh dog harnesses.

Making the best of a rainy dog walk

Because You Could Find A Treasure

Another bonus of rainy days is the increased likelihood of finding little treasures along the way as less people are out and about.

We came across a little treasure in form of a penny! Can you find it in the picture?

We found a treasure on our rainy walk at Raven Rock State Park

I will say that the pups and I actually tend to find quite a bit of change when we’re out and about.

During one of our hikes at Raven Rock State Park, we found just shy of a dollar – 3 quarters, a dime, and several pennies.

I started collecting our walking treasures in a mason jar that sits on the kitchen counter.

I’ll see how much it holds by the end of the year and will invest it in some Christmas treats!

Because You’ll Appreciate Your Warm House/Couch That Much More

I find that different angles and perspectives are everything!

For Missy, Buzz and I that meant appreciating the warm, dry couch so much more once we were back home.

We tend to take our creature comfort as a given, so our excursion into the rain was a welcome reminder of what we have.

Go For A Lovely Walk In The Rain: Bottom Line

I’m glad we decided to brave the elements and didn’t just lounge about on the couch all afternoon.

The 30 minutes we spent at the park were a decent enough time to stretch our legs, pick up new smells, and fill our lungs with fresh air.

We even returned home a penny richer – what else could we want?!

When’s the last time you went for a rainy walk? As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.







2 responses to “Why You Should Go For A Lovely Walk In The Rain”

  1. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    It’s rare that we’ll head out on a rainy day walk. But there was a time we would never even venture outdoors at all in the rain. Now we’ll at least go outside and play in the yard, as long as it’s not a downpour! That way we’re close to home if it becomes a downpour. 🙂

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      That’s a very smart approach 😉

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