DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Twelve

By Marion Brody Kelly

With the last days of vacation sneaking away, my dogs and I completed our tour of the city’s greenways at the newest one.  Brushy Fork opened in July, and still lacks some finishing touches–like signs and parking.  After a couple of failed attempts to find it, we were directed to the southern starting point on Lowery Street by greenway specialists Rick Mashburn and Ginny Weiler. Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Eleven

By Marion Brody Kelly

Good Boys

The dogs and I had two more greenways to visit when I woke up this morning, with only one week of vacation remaining.  After spending the first half of the day indulging my new hobby of bike riding on the greenways, I ushered Sam and Jake into the car and set off for Bethabara Greenway to savor the slower pace of a walk. Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Ten

By Marion Brody Kelly

Last night, as we walked around our block, I noticed the differences between dog habits on this familiar path and on the unfamiliar greenways.  Sam and Jake travel the usual block much like I read the daily paper. They check for news on familiar trees, look for posts by neighborhood pooches, skip to the funnies of cats under cars.  Getting out of the car at a new greenway is more like getting on the web, with its endless possibilities.  Like an olfactory internet, one smell leads to another, building and connecting to new ideas.
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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Nine

By Marion Brody Kelly

Out of the car.  Pads on hot pavement.  So many feet have left stories in the dust.  New ideas come in through your nose and mouth, and response goes out through your feet.  You must be a dog.  You want to be everywhere because if you stand still, the world might turn without you.  Nothing needs a name, because every particular thing has its own smell and taste. Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Eight

By Marion Brody Kelly

Gateway Commons took me by surprise.  A few friends hadn’t wanted to join us there after finding it on the map.  Driving to meet a more courageous friend, I passed a Bojangles and an ABC store on Northwest Boulevard and wondered what kind of path would be hidden in such an urban area as this. Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Seven

By Marion Brody Kelly

As a teacher, I know that we learn only the things we want or have to learn. That explains why it was so hard for me to do algebra and so easy for my dogs to unlearn good leash walking after a few outings on the magic extendable leashes.  It made such good dog sense that pulling on a leash would make it get way longer that my optimistic friends now assume it will work with all leashes.  Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Six

By Marion Brody Kelly

Silas Creek Greenway was easy to find.  We left the car off Yorkshire Road at Shaffner Park, where a new playground is under construction.  This greenway is a short, shady walk in an old, shady neighborhood.  It’s one I would use all the time if I lived close by.  Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Five

By Marion Brody Kelly

It’s time to admit that I am not a morning person.  During the school year, I get up at 5 am.  Not because I like to be up early, but because it takes me the extra hour and a half in my quiet classroom to turn introverted Marion into Mrs. Kelly.

Photo by Virginia Weiler

Each summer, I plan to continue those early starts in order to stretch out those juicy days as long as possible.  Doesn’t happen.  All to say we didn’t get an early start as we headed to the Muddy Creek Greenway.

I have lived in Winston-Salem long enough to remember this area as all farmland.  It is still lovely and open, but now there are schools and housing developments along with the horses and fields. Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Four

By Marion Brody Kelly

There’s a big difference between getting there and being there.  I was thinking about that this morning on the way to the next greenway.  I pushed the directions to Bethabara onto the floor of the car and turned east, back to Salem Lake. I didn’t want to tag each greenway like a point on some manic scavenger hunt.  We needed a little more time to be there.  Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON GREENWAYS — Part Three

By Marion Brody Kelly

This time I brought water. This time we had the extending leashes. This time we had fun.

I hadn’t been to Salem Lake in years. As soon as we approached the parking lot,  memories of canoes and paddle boats returned. The dogs jumped out of the car, excited by this new place as well as by their new, unthinkably long leashes. We started down the path, the dogs practicing returning to my side when bicycles or joggers passed. What a doggie heaven! So much to smell and see. Jake stood for a long while considering the ducks from afar. I don’t think he would have fed them, for all of the reasons listed on the sign. He did appear to want to get to know them better. Continue reading

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