I feel really good about how this summer has been for fitness with the dogs. I feel like we’ve done the biggest variety of exercising of any summer, along with just being out there almost every day. We pretty much stuck to my goal of getting everyone on an outing at least once a week, and many times we got more walks in than I planned. We played in the yard just about daily, no matter what else we had done that day.
Back in July I wrote “Keeping Busy With a Variety of Summer Fitness Fun“, about some of the different things we were doing: swimming, walking, jogging, and fetch in the yard, along with some different training and a little fun with some home agility equipment we have. In that post I lamented the lack of summer weather, and the girls being down because of limps. But we got through all that, and recently had over a week of real hot summer weather. Even though everyone around here complained about too much heat and humidity, I only thought there was a couple days where it was unbearable. But unless there were thunderstorms, we got outside in spite of the heat, at least for a short while (with cold water in the pool which even I dipped my feet and legs into a few times!).
Right now it is definitely feeling like autumn is on its way even though I think summer isn’t quite done with us yet. We’ve been known to have some pretty hot spells in September, though the days are shortening and it gets cooler earlier in the evenings. Now that we finally got some hot weather, I am looking forward to fall more. I also think the dogs are happier when it’s a bit cooler. Just yesterday Luke and Sheba seemed to play a bit more, instead of hiding under the deck in the shade as much. Cricket seemed a bit spunkier on our morning jog.
I think the best day we had was when I jogged with Cricket, took Luke for my cool down walk, and then later took Sheba swimming. I hope to have more days like that, but I’m not always that ambitious, nor do I have the time. On the days I work we only play in the yard, with someone maybe getting a short walk, and Luke gets some training too. Though I did cut out one day of blogging for the summer so I’ve had more time to at least take two of the dogs out in one day when I’m working from home. I plan to continue that for as long as the weather is nice, and then maybe I’ll pick that day back up when winter gets here.
It’s not just the dogs that benefitted this summer, and for me that is one of the joys of having dogs; they keep me moving. I have maintained a lower weight all summer, and have a pretty nice tan too. I got lots of healthy sunshine (that important Vitamin D) every day that I was out with the dogs, without ever overdoing it. I have jogged more this summer, and even set some goals I’ve been sticking to. Instead of trying to go further as I often would, interspersing jogging and walking, I decided to set a short distance and stick to that until I could do it without stopping to walk. I’m not going to tell you what that distance was, because it’s pathetically short (though I did reach it quickly).
Until I could reach that distance, I jogged alone, but once I did I started taking Cricket with me again (being careful her limp wasn’t aggravated, which it wasn’t), and we’ve increased by ¼ mile each time we’ve been out. My goal, which is again pathetically short, is to be able to do 5K by the end of autumn. I’ve also just started a bit of jogging on my walks with Luke. My hubby had taken him before and Luke didn’t seem to like it, but the Dadz goes further and faster than the Momz. With Sheba, I mostly stick to long walks because of her arthritis. We might jog a bit occasionally, because honestly, my jog is only a fast walk for the dogs!
With that I just want to leave you with some photos illustrating a few of our summer highlights.
Can anyone tell what this new toy is? We’ll be telling you more about it, and some others we got, next week!
Sheba highly recommends this Kong Wet Wubba for swimming! It floats, flies easily (meaning the Momz can throw it further), and she loves that she can grab it many different ways. It comes in bright colors that are easy to see in the water. You can order your own through our affiliate link: Kong Wet Wubba Dog Toy. (if you order through this link, we will receive a small commission, but you will pay the same price. Plus, we’ll be eternally grateful).
Some days I have big plans for the next morning, but then I’ll wake up with a migraine. My migraines are not debilitating, but they do slow me down. Instead of a jog that day, I took Sheba for a long walk up our street. I haven’t been that far up our street in a while, and it was enjoyable to see how some things have changed a bit since the days when I frequently walked our beagle Kobi up there. Many houses that used to have dogs that barked at us no longer do. There is some pretty scenery up there: like these old stone walls, and this gate in the field which is blocking nothing.
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