That said, Carmen does perk up when she realizes a volunteer has picked her to venture out on a walk. I took her out today for the first time. In addition to her "extra" weight Carmen has some hip issues so she's a bit unstable at times. It quickly became apparent that the walk would involve, well, lots of not walking. However she's game and will carefully wend her way down to the park.
Once I realized her preference for frequent breaks I was able to relax and appreciate her zen approach. What's the hurry? There's a lot to see here in this spot and lots to ponder (or not) without rushing onto something else. In the end is was an entirely appropriately-paced stroll. Thank you Carmen!