Hello poodle friends! I don't know if anyone remembers me -- I am Kathy, mom to Rascal the standard poodle. We were on this forum for a while last year but then took a year off when life got busy. When I was last here, Rascal was just a tiny puppy and I was running on a treadmill for fitness. When he was big enough to go for leash walks, I started walking him and quit running. Then we had to take a break from walking when it got ridiculously hot here in Central Texas over the summer -- we are talking highs in the 100s and lows in the 80s for several months! Way too hot for a solid-black fuzzy poodle boy. I'm afraid I got rather "fluffy" during that time myself and I can definitely feel the extra weight when I try to exercise.
Now that the weather has cooled off and Rascal is a full-grown big boy, he and I walk every weekday in the neighborhood for fitness. He is such a great motivator -- he knows when it's time for his walk and he will not let me slack off! And he keeps me at a good pace, too. I really don't know what I would do without him -- he is my fitness buddy and the one that keeps me going when I want to quit. Poodles are the best!
Anyway, we are glad to be back! Rascal sends wags and wiggles and sleepy cuddles to everyone!
Kathy in Texas
Just keep trying. Be kind to yourself.
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