Photos: Top ten excuses for not walking your dog during a spring storm -- and why they're bullsh*t

Once upon a time, I used to be a fair-weather dog walker. When faced with conditions like we're experiencing today, I came up with plenty of reasons why I shouldn't venture into the elements. But since getting a Goldendoodle named Lucy who needs regular exercise no matter what, we make long, all-terrain walks a daily adventure -- and I've now become militant when it comes to calling bullshit on the sort of rationalizing I used to engage in, too.

Here's our photo-illustrated top ten list of excuses people make for not walking their dog on a day like this and why they couldn't be lamer. Count them down below.

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