We frequently get calls from customers looking for a walking stick or walking cane to help keep them safe on trails and in neighborhood streets. Most concerns revolve around four-legged creatures, the kind with sharp teeth and surly dispositions.
My family and I live out in the country, and if there’s one constant to country life, it’s the fact that there will be loose dogs running around—and typically there are no dog-catchers to corral the fierce canids. Therefore, if we want to enjoy leisurely strolls through rolling Texas countrysides, we need to be constantly aware of potential threats from not-so-well-meaning pooches.
Enter the walking stick. One customer I spoke to assured me that dogs actually notice a human with a walking stick, and often times choose not to harass someone who’s carrying around something that could potentially bonk their doggie heads. While I’m not sure that dogs are that smart, a walking stick at least gives you a sense of well-being as a last line of protection between you and a ferocious mouth full of teeth.
Now on to the customary caveat: We do not design walking sticks to protect people from animals. Quite simply, they’re designed to provide support and balance while walking. (However, we’re not naïve to the fact that walking sticks do indeed offer a number of ancillary benefits.)
With all that said, here are a few practical tips to help you steer clear of dog bites:
– Stay away from dogs. 🙂 Is this one too obvious? If you know a grouchy mutt lives down a certain street, don’t go down that street!
– Be confident and act confidently by staying calm and not being afraid.
– Of course, a walking stick can help!
“Often, I use a walking stick, an umbrella, or anything I happen to be carrying and place it out in front of me, so I make myself appear bigger and feel more in command of my space. What I am saying with my body language is, I don’t want the dog’s space; I don’t want that tree over there, I just want this space that I am standing in. Again, I am maintaining a very calm and assertive state. That energy creates a barrier that automatically demands his respect. I’m letting him know that I’m not afraid of him.”
With hundreds of styles and designs to choose from, Brazos Walking Sticks certainly has a walking stick or walking cane to meet your needs. We’ve got sticks for bargain hunters, collectors, and everyone in between!
It’s no secret that Brazos Walking Sticks has the widest selection of handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and walking canes. Compare apples to apples by looking at the quality of our products and compare it to the quality of anyone else out there. Better yet, feel one our sticks in your hands and you’ll certainly agree — a Brazos Walking Stick is something special. With years upon years of woodworking experience, we’ve established proven patterns for our craftsmen that allow them to exercise their individual creativity while still making beautiful walking sticks with just a touch of necessary uniformity — and that’s what makes us unique!
While other stick companies may specialize in importing metal canes from foreign lands, we prefer to use renewable woods that are indigineous to the United States (and exotics as well!), and we handcraft each one using the finest tools and time-tested methods. The results speak for themselves: stunning creations that go beyond mere utility, into the realm of practical, functional art. As the saying goes, don’t just take our word for it. See what one faithful customer recently emailed us:
As a former trial attorney, I used to drive a large black Mercedes Benz S500. Not only is a Mercedes a very nice car, but I especially enjoyed the fine craftsmanship that went into the interior, especially the woodwork on the dash. … I feel the same sort of excitement when I receive a new Brazos stick. In my opinion, the craftsmanship and artistry of your products is on par with that of a Mercedes.
Sometimes we have sticks that just don’t quite make the cut. They’re still handcrafted; they’re still made with renewable wood; and they’re still a Brazos Walking Stick … but they’re not quite there, if you know what we mean. For these sticks we have a special spot on our website called Brazos Bargains.
These bargain sticks are typically 30 to 50 percent off retail — or more! Some of them are refurbished and pristine, with not flaws whatsoever, and others have obvious issues that we try our best to communicate through item descriptions and photographs. Since these walking sticks and walking canes are so heavily discounted, we can’t offer our typical lifetime guarantee, but be assured that you’re still buying The Feel of Nature™!
On the other end of the spectrum are gorgeous Collectors walking sticks and walking canes that are literally one-of-a-kind. What we mean by that is our most skilled master craftsman only makes one of each stick, so once a stick has sold it’s gone forever! We guarantee these canes and sticks for life, and we’re certain you’ll agree that they are the finest walking canes money can buy. Their beauty is simply unparalleled.
So there you have it: bargain to collector. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got something for you!