Thanks to Slim Doggy and Peggy’s Pet Place for hosting this new blog hop, FitDog Friday. They started this blog hop to raise awareness about the importance of having a fit and healthy dog. I missed the first hop last week, and I wasn’t sure I would make it this time either. Yesterday morning I had bookkeeping work, bills to pay, and was trying to catch up on my blog reading. It was the perfect day to be working inside….cloudy, cold, windy, dreary, and a snow/sleet storm on its way. Even the dogs seemed content to just spend the morning sleeping in my home office.
Once my work was done, it was time to write my blog, and I was totally uninspired. I have a whole list of topics I still plan to cover, and joining in on Fit Fridays was on the list. I didn’t see how I could write about fitness when we had all just been sitting around! I was tired of sitting at the computer, but I was also unmotivated, by the less-than-Spring weather, to get outside and walk Kobi. I had regrettably gotten on the scales that morning and saw that I had gained a pound, even after all that Idita-walking! With that on my mind, and the fact that I knew I really needed to clear my head in order to be able to write, I got Kobi and we headed out the door. He was sporting his brand new harness and leash. We plan to do lots more walking, so this Mom just bought some new equipment for everyone.
The birds don’t seem to care that the weather is not all it should be. The cardinals were singing and the chickadees were flitting on and off of my bird feeders. Of course, Kobi also doesn’t care, and he had a spring in his step. He has been having trouble with his hind legs lately, and we have been concerned. He has gone through a battery of tests at the vets, including x-rays, which showed no signs of arthritis. He slips and slides on the wood and tile floors in our house, but when he gets outside he trots right along like nothing is wrong.
We went on one of our usual routes on the street down below us, but this time we headed out towards our neighbor’s tree farm. I haven’t walked that way in quite a while, and had forgotten there was a pond down there. Kobi and I walked to the pond where he scared up a ruffed grouse, and two ducks off the pond. We saw another grouse cross the road in front of us on our way back. Because it was chilly and my hands were cold, we decided to save the walk all the way to the tree farm for next time.
Our walk wasn’t long, but it was enough to clear my head and to make Kobi happy. At his age of 12, I know how important exercise is to keep him fit and healthy. He stays at a good weight, which is especially challenging with beagles who live to eat, and I want to keep him walking as long as he can. So far he doesn’t show any lingering effects from even a long walk, such as the two hour walk we did a couple weeks ago (the weather was nicer then). Once we got home I got the ball out to throw for the other dogs and get them some exercise too. They’ll be walking also, but for that day chasing the ball would do it for them. Except Cricket wasn’t interested….and the others won’t play without her. That will change tomorrow morning when she sees fresh snow on the ground. That is her motivation, while the rest of us here in the Northeast are just waiting for sunshine and warmth. It will come, and we will have lots more fitness walks to write about!