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We’ve been doing some fun things for fitness this month and wanted to share them since June is already winding down.
Virtual Fundraiser Walk for Morris Animal Foundation
I already showed you one collage of photos from our walk this past Sunday, when I shared it for the #FuelTheCure blog hop on Wednesday, but wanted to tell a little more about it. Here is Sheba showing off her bandana that she wore for the walk:
Since my hubby and I had kind of a fiasco recently walking all three dogs, for this time I decided to bring Sheba and Luke since we planned on a swim for them as well (Cricket stayed home with Dad and the cats). The dogs and I met my sister at her house and walked to the end of her street where we picked up our local rail trail, which runs for miles through several towns in our area. It was a beautiful day, around 70 degrees and sunny, perfect for a long walk. We walked down to Tewksbury Pond, a very pretty little pond in her town. There we let the dogs cool off with a swim. We walked 4.4 miles total, which took us just over 2 hours. We all had a great time!
By the way, MAF is still accepting donations for this fundraiser, until July 1st. They haven’t quite reached their goal, so if you care to, you can still donate through my page here. We didn’t raise a lot, but I think every little bit counts! We were happy to be out walking to raise money for cancer in pets, and in memory of our own pets that we have lost to cancer. Fun, fitness, and an important cause….it’s all good, right?
We recently received a new ball from Chewy.com for the dogs to try out! It is the Planet Dog orbee-tuff sport tennis ball. This ball is made in the USA, guaranteed, and is durable and bouncy. You can even put a treat inside! I’ll let you judge by the photos how much they liked it.
Luke had so much fun with this ball, I had a difficult time choosing which photos to share!
What does Mom like about it?
- Planet Dog uses non-toxic and recyclable materials in their toys, and their motto is “made for dogs, by dog lovers”.
- The ball floats in the pool, fits in my Chuck-it, and Sheba chewed on it for a while and it held up!
- Chewy.com must have the fastest shipping ever! I can’t believe how quickly we get our items from them. *We did receive this ball for no charge in exchange for our honest review, but we were in no other way compensated.”
Sheba’s Best Exercise
Early in June, Sheba shared some photos of her first swim of the year. I found what I think is the perfect workout for her with her arthritis. We can walk from our house down to the rail trail, and it’s a one mile walk to the river by the park. There she can swim, or even just walk in the river, which both are great exercise and low impact for her. Then we walk back home where we have a short walk up a steep hill to our house. I think that hill gives her a little extra workout to strengthen her back legs, which I hope will help her down the road to stay strong (the arthritis is in her front shoulders/legs). The walk itself takes about 45 minutes total, so we can spend 10-15 minutes at the river and still only be gone an hour; therefore it can fit easily into my schedule.
You’ll notice there are no photos of Cricket playing with the new ball. Our little beagle is pretty set in her ways, and likes to stick to her tried and true toys and games. She rules the games of fetch, and does she ever get a workout every time. Notice something in common in these photos below? Hint: look at her ears….they are always flying!
Happy FitDog Friday, we hope you have also been enjoying some fit fun with your pets in this first month of summer!