We are so excited to be co-hosting this 2015 Walk Your Dog Week Celebration with our friends the Cascadian Nomads and Dolly the Doxie! Last year we were participants and we had a great week of walking. It was just the motivation we needed to walk daily and enjoy the autumn sunshine and foliage.
I put together a collage of some of the highlights from 2014. There’s a big difference this year; our foliage has barely started changing over compared to last year (I think due to a late summer heat wave as well as very little rain), and there aren’t nearly as many leaves on the ground. We hope to be seeing more color by the time we kick this off on October 1st.
What’s this all about, and how can you join in the fun? First of all, thank you to Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige, National Walk Your Dog Week founder: http://www.walkyourdogweek.com/. This week was started as a way to fight pet obesity and manage behavioral issues. Ms. Paige wanted to promote the benefits of exercise to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs (and humans as well!).
- We are celebrating this effort by asking everyone to join us in committing to walking our dogs every day for one week starting October 1st. Do you already walk your dog or dogs daily? Great! You can try walking in a new location, or increasing your walking time or distance.
- We want you to share your progress to encourage and support others. Use and follow the hashtag #DogWalkingWeek on social media and leave comments on the hosts’ blogs and social media, including our Facebook event page. If you are a blogger, share your dog walking posts on the linky which opens October 1st. The goal is to inspire and encourage each other to get out for one week, and to keep it going after that.
- When the week is over, let us know how it went! You don’t even have to stick to the exact week – start when you’d like and go for a week from there. Our event will be open until October 15th so you can let us know how your seven days of walking went. Use comments on blogs and social media to share your results. Three committed walkers will win prizes, including dog toys, treats, a leash and collar set and t-shirts for the humans. So make your commitment through the list below and keep us posted on how you’re doing!
As for us, we will be sharing our progress and some tips that were helpful to us last year. One of my first tips last year was to “have a plan”. We went to some nice places on our walks, and I need to decide if we’ll re-visit some of those, or maybe find some new places (probably a combination of both). We’ll be keeping in touch and checking in, and we hope you will too!
COMMIT TO WALK YOUR DOG WEEK BELOW (your entry here will also enter you for prizes):
Please be sure to check with your doctor and veterinarian before changing or beginning a new exercise routine.
Tell us your plans on the list below. If you are sharing your progress on social media, enter a link to your public page or to our Facebook event page. If you are going to keep us posted on your progress through blog or social media comments, enter a link to a host blog.
The list asks for your name and email so we can notify you if you win a #DogWalkingWeek prize. Your information is always kept private and is never shared.
Bloggers, join the hop and share your progress, tips, and inspiration: the blog hop link will open up on October 1st and remain open until October 15th. We will share the linky codes in subsequent posts as well.