“A Little Slice Of Normality In A Very Crazy World” – How Off-Road Dog Walking Is Providing Solace In Lockdown




From TGA Mobility.


On a morning, one thing is as cyclical as the sunrise – cocker spaniels Tyler and Maya will be roaming the outdoors on their daily walk, followed by Lisa Vesty on her trusty TGA Vita S.

Lisa isn’t alone of course. Indeed when the lockdown started, the other dog walkers she had developed a bond with – a ‘secret club where everyone says hello or wants to chat,’ something she finds ‘fantastic’ and cited as a reason for her improved wellbeing – suddenly became the core of the problem she would face daily in what was a harsh reversal of fortunes.

“As the weather was picking up, I was amazed how many people were out every morning and at times it made it quite tricky maintaining social distance,” she said. “So many people don’t seem to understand you need dropped kerbs to be able to cross the road and it’s very difficult to give way and maintain a two-metre minimum distance if pedestrians, joggers or cyclists remain on the same side of the pavement as you.”

“My pleasurable walks had turned out now to be quite stressful and were filling me with anxiety.”

For anyone in that position, it would be understandable to hang up the leads, switch off the key to the scooter and let the dogs roam the garden instead. In Lisa’s Vita S, however, she has found an escape route to relive the solace dog walking brings her.


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