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Walking the Dog

Sunday, February 03, 2013

For the last two weeks I have been taking care of my sister's dog while she and her husband are in Mexico. It's been a change in my routine for sure, as my main fitness activity is running and Ned does not run. I have only run a couple of times since I started dogsitting, but I managed to get some exercise while walking him.

Ned likes to amble along and stop frequently to sniff, sniff, sniff. I don't know how a smell can be so fascinating that he has to sniff at it for minutes at a time (frequently changing position so he can get at it from all angles), but Ned does this all the time. At first I just stood there and glared at him, but eventually I realized that I could burn some calories (and add steps to my fitbit) by jogging on the spot while he indulged himself. It really helped to have my (relatively) new ipod playing some heart pumping music.

I eventually discovered that Ned will trot along quickly enough that I can jog with him, but he always eventually catches another alluring smell and we're stopped again.

My sister is picking him up tomorrow, so I only have tonight's walk and tomorrow morning's, before I can get back to my old routine of running 3 or 4 times a week. I think I didn't do too badly though, with the exercise, and maybe even got more steps in than I would have without being forced out of the house twice a day!
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    Isn't it interesting what we can accomplish in those moments that we wait around? I'm just beginning to figure that out. Now between fitness classes or if I'm early I get in extra fitness minutes instead of just waiting around. The other day while waiting in a long line at the rec center for admission I started my stretches. It's hard to break the old habit of just waiting quietly. Good for you, jogging on the spot.
    1871 days ago
    Still great exercise...and a change is as good as a rest.
    1871 days ago
    LOL!! At least he doesn't try to pull you across a ditch to smell something!! And remember he's gathering info about the other dogs in your neighborhood.
    1871 days ago
    Typical pooch and he adores you for your patience. emoticon
    1871 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    Sounds like Ned is walking you! Good that you found some middle ground. I walk my dog one day and the next is a run. She likes both but prefers the walks so she can sniff more. Too funny.
    1871 days ago
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