Sometimes the morning dog walk can be an exercise in continual motivation and persuasion.
"Just a bit further and there are some blackberries"
"If you hurry up we can have a hot chocolate"
"Let's catch up with the doggies!"
And then you put puddles in the equation and he can't get from start to finish quick enough. He may fill his wellies with water and soak his trousers through, but the pure joy from something so simple and entirely free is a thing to behold.
So now every time I see it start to rain outside, there's a part of me that smiles at what's to come.