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I'm worried about the family dog

Monday, August 06, 2012

So, DH and I have been living with my in-laws all summer, waiting to hear back from the bank on the short-sale we've had an offer on since May.

When we first moved in, I tried running with the dog. She loved it! And I did too, but then my knees started acting up again, so I had to stop. My new program is great -- elliptical three times per week, daily yoga, and a 60 day Pinterest challenge I picked up -- but the dog can't participate.

Unfortunately, I've noticed the dog packing on the pounds. Granted, this is not my fault: she was overweight at the beginning of the summer too. And I don't get to control how she's fed (her bowl is filled whenever it's empty, and she gets leftovers from the table) but I think I am going to talk to my mother-in-law about that. At any rate, since I haven't been running, neither has she.

So here's my plan: daily 30 minute walks with her, after work. It won't be *my* exercise plan. I'm going to continue my elliptical/yoga program, working my way up to running in the mornings instead of elliptical. When that happens, I'll bring her along, and do the 30 minute walks in the evening too. By that point, we'll both be in good enough shape!

I hope that the walks will help. It is such a shame for a dog to be overweight! She loves to play fetch, but it's just not enough for the amount of food she's eating. Wish us both luck on our journey!

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    Im much better about the fitness of my dog than my own...working on equalizing them. I have a seatpost attachment and the dog joins me on a bike ride every morning. He loves it! It takes care to watch out glass on some streets and wildlife on others, but we keep the pace slow for safety. He burns so many calories he gets three meals a day...after all so do I.
    2085 days ago
    It's a big responsiblity owning a pet, and making sure they stay healthy. It's even more difficult when you have someone who doesn't understand/know/care about the health of your pet (who is usually an extention of your family to most people). My grandparents have a mini Yorkie, who is the sister of my mother's Yorkie. The poor baby is so obese it breaks my heart. They take her to the groomers every week, but she sweats so much that the next day it looks like she's never been. They feed her sausage biscuits from McDonalds in the morning, hand feed her from the table, and hand feed her dog food (if she even eats it). And they say the vet tells them she's healthy!!!! What planet does that vet live on?! She's only supposed to be 3 pounds max, and she's around 7?! But anyway, she fell off the couch last week and broke her leg in 3 places. They say it's because she feel from the couch and landed wrong - I say it's from her extra weight....BUT my point is, pets need exercise just as much as we do, so GOOD for you for taking time out of your workouts to care for you baby!! :)
    2086 days ago
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