Throughout these months, I have been slowly but steadily gaining weight...and so has my dog. Plenty of research shows that how you care for yourself is basically the same way you care for your dog, and the habits that I am forcing Riley into are not healthy. I reward myself for finishing a project with treats; I reward Riley after going potty with treats. I am lazy; therefore, Riley is lazy too. Our lifestyle needs to change. Besides changing my own diet and trying to cut back on treats for the both of us, I want to get outside and exercise together!
"Seriously, Mom? The Kardashians can wait until after our walk!"
I am terribly, horribly out of shape. I was a cheerleader/dancer in college, but haven't done much in the way of exercise since (awful, I know). Though I generally dislike exercise, I love walking...and I love dogs. So what better way to get exercise than sticking to a schedule of walking Riley and volunteering at various shelters? Here's how I plan to do this:
Get checkups! Before getting into a more intense walking schedule, I'd like to get both myself and Riley to the doctor. I have a heart condition that can cause me to pass out frequently, so I want to see what my cardiologist has to say. Riley, at 8 years old, is considered a senior dog, so it's important to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape.
"C'mon, Mom, I wanna go pee on that mailbox!"
Check with neighbors and see if they'd like Fido walked! We live in a small town that is absolutely full of dogs, and besides one very energetic Beagle, they very rarely get walked. I'd love to at least offer!
I'd also like to direct you to this website, which is a great movement all about the importance of walking shelter dogs. It's an easy, fun way to get exercise, and the dogs appreciate it more than we know. In some shelters, the only time those dogs get outside is when a volunteer walks them. There really is nothing more rewarding than seeing the "grin" on a shelter pup's face after you've walked them!
Shelter dogs like Tipper LOVE to play fetch! :)
Are there any bloggers that would like to challenge themselves along with me? I need to make some changes, and I'd love to be able to give one another encouragement and support, as well as hold each other accountable! :) Let me know in the comments!