Walking with the more-than-human: EXPERIMENTING WITH A LOOSE LEAD

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Who’s leading? Who’s following?

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Taking time, making time

Twenty………twenty-five……….thirty……..

Lobito is busy sniffing the grey asphalt concrete…..

thirty-five……

Sighing with frustration, I look around for approaching cars, people, or dogs…..

forty……forty-five…..

I am tempted to pull the lead and hurry him along……

fifty…..

But something makes me resist…..

fifty-five…….sixty……sixty-five……seventy…..

Standing in the middle of the road, with the lead in one hand, I notice his nose close to the asphalt surface. “Is his nose touching the street?” I bend forward, taking another look. “Wait a second, is he licking?” I can’t tell. He turns his head, looking up towards me just for a second before returning to his street licking and sniffing. 

seventy-five…..seventy-six…..seventy-seven….seventy-eight…..

In the middle of the road, the red lead lays in a loose clump. I hear car tires loudly screeching. I tug the lead hard, and we quickly get out of the car’s way.