Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking
Since Maggie was diagnosed with OSA, we’ve been adjusting our exercise routine with her. We’ve stopped running with her and reduced the length and speed of her daily walks. Jack has benefited from our reduced routine since his age is starting to show and he doesn’t really need to run 4 days a week anymore.
Today we went on one of our favorite casual walks, which if you follow our blog, you might be familiar with. At the foot of our street is a farm. In the past they have grown red peppers and celery which Jack and Maggie have enjoyed immensely. They have planted something new there a few weeks ago and we’re not really sure what it is – maybe some kind of squash? As you can see, they are planted far apart, so I think that means they will be big. Anyone have an idea?
We usually walk around the field and both Jack and Maggie enjoy this walk because there is lots of wildlife around, so lots of good things to sniff.
Maggie was having a great time scampering around – especially in the nice soft dirt.
You can see from this photo how brown everything is here now. Not only is it summer but we are suffering from a very bad drought. You might remember this picture on the right – I posted it earlier this year for the #50Snapshots WINTER shot…our winters are green and our summers brown.
One of the other things we’ve done to help our seniors is get a set of steps for Jack & Maggie to get in and out of the car. It really helps them not having to strain to jump in or damage their joints getting out. They both do pretty well with them. Here’s a photo of Jack using the stairs.
I tried to get one of Maggie, but Jack insisted on photo bombing.
After our walk, they settle into the back of the car just fine and then nap the rest of the morning at home. One of the benefits of senior dogs.
Have you adjusted your routine to accommodate your dogs?