My Exercise Partner
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My remarkable dog is a special gift. After getting our dog a few years ago, she surprised me. As I started walking the treadmill, Scooter (part German Shorthair, part Beagle) embarked on a barking rant. When I stopped the treadmill, she stopped barking and jumped on the treadmill with me. An idea came to mind, I started the treadmill and to my amazement, Scooter started walking the treadmill with me standing on the side platforms, unable to exercise, I needed to come up with a solution.
I was in a pickle, I needed to exercise and not stand and watch the dog. Of course, my mind started giving many solutions but the solution I came up with is rearranging the exercise room. I placed the stationary bike next to the treadmill and attached a leash to the treadmill.
To my amazement, the solution worked. For thirty minutes, this amazing animal walked the treadmill while I rode the stationary bike. She was completely content while I was able to exercise with a partner, man's best friend.
I do have a problem with this once in a while. I need to lock the dog upstairs sometimes if I want to use the treadmill instead of going to the gym because she will whine and bark until I let her exercise with me. I am still trying to motivate the family to exercise with me and know I can do this on my own but it's nice to have a partner in crime.