Actually, I am thinking about getting a funky cane - or an Irish walking stick -now that I have arthritis. So that could be one reason to give. Actually, I have seen a lot of people carrying around walking sticks, canes, large umbrellas etc. simply as protection in case their dogs are attached while being walked. My guy was attacked last week out of nowhere - huge dog was sitting on porch with his owner - not tethered or gated and came up from behind and was ready to chomp on my pup's neck when my husband managed to grab him and hold in air just in time. But the teeth did touch his fur so I had to give him a complete physical - especially neck area to ensure canines did not penetrate neck or we would have been off to the vet. After this past winter, many people are using canes due to horrendous falls on the ice.