She looked sort of confused, but said, "of course," and I knelt to talk to Darby and ask her how her day had been going. I then registered the humans present second, as I often do, and told her I was a friend of her upstairs neighbor and that Darby and I are buddies. "Oh yes," she said, "we met one time, I remember."
Over the course of conversation, I asked if I could take Darby for a walk, explaining that I'm sort of a dog too and have to take myself on walks twice a day. Even better if I have a dog friend with me!
And so Darby and I walked to and around and through the local park, learning quickly one another's walking styles and learning to compromise on one that was comfortable for us both.
Darby isn't actually a cli…