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My dog walks sloooooowly

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I love my dog, but he is not the speediest walking partner. He is old and achy and walks pretty darn slow. He still loves to walk, however, so I take him with me for 20 minutes or so a day. That's about his max; if we go too far, he will plant his feet and turn his head toward home, telling me, "Okay Mom, I'm like, getting close to 90 in dog years and I can't take much more!" Sometimes I get frustrated that he can't walk fast any more, but then I think about how nice it is to spend time with him, making memories that I will treasure when he is gone. I would feel terrible leaving him at home, just so I can take a faster walk. So I take him on our slow-ish walks and then try to incorporate as much brisk walking into my day as I possibly can, taking every opportunity I can think of to just speed around and get my heart rate up.

I made my goal of two ST sessions last week and have yet to do even one session this week. Since it is now Wednesday night, I guess I better get in gear. On Friday, we are having a yoga class at work, which I am looking forward to. I haven't been going to yoga lately because I haven't been able to afford it, so I am excited about this class. I have tried doing yoga with videos, but I have a hard time getting into it without being in an actual class. I do like Pilates videos, though, so maybe I will do one of those tomorrow in between work and my evening grad school class.

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  • v ALEXSGIRL1
    my dog walks slowly except when i want to then she puls me to walk faster and soon as she sees andother dog than it is home Now!!! she was bitten before by a dog that was let out . so know she is afraid me to. kudos for doing the slow walk thing i take mine around then leave her grab my ipod than i am off to the races, but i miss our slow walks
    1303 days ago
  • v LOUNMOUN
    I have 2 dogs and neither one is good for a fitness walk buddy. I still take them out but do my exercise at another time. emoticon
    1303 days ago
  • v SHANNISHELL
    Bless your heart for walking at your dogs pace!! I have a 2 year old German Shepherd and he is a handful to walk. With him I have to practically run. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am going to try harder to be patient with my big puppy and work on walking him better so ha can be happy to. Good Job on getting in your ST. I too struggle with that as I don't enjoy it. Have a good week.
    1305 days ago
  • v GMO_JEN
    You are such a good mom! I miss my old girl so much, but did the same thing since she loved walking. Maybe once he is tired and ready to rest, sneak back out for another walk?
    And, congrats on getting ST in, and have fun with yoga. I have a few DVDs I enjoy, but classes are the best. Hope you have a great rest of your week!
    1306 days ago
  • v CAPECODBABE
    You are so nice to go at your dog's pace.

    Walk your dog, take him home,
    then go out for another walk by yourself emoticon
    1306 days ago
  • v BIGPAWSUP
    Treasure the time with your pup! These golden year will be fond memories later.

    Good luck with your ST, my weak point too!
    1306 days ago
  • v AQUAGIRL08
    Our 16 year old female dog does the same thing. The 15 year old male dog is still spry and wants to do the long walk thing but the other one just sits down and wants to be carried.!
    1306 days ago
  • v BEARGODDESS
    Awww! I know just how you feel about walking your old guy! It was like that with my old guy Baby. He wanted to be the young dog that he used to be so much for me. I wanted him to have something to look forward to every day too.

    Good for you for getting some ST done last week anyway! (I don't know why it's so hard to get it done, but it's hard for me too!) Enjoy your yoga class!
    1306 days ago
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