Dr. Katy Nelson Part 2: Pet Exercise and Sandy Hook Project

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We thought it appropriate for FitDog Friday to wrap-up Part 2 of our Q&A with Dr. Katy Nelson. We talk to her about her appreciation for fitness and about her efforts to help a family from Newtown CT, the location of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.  You can read Part 1 here.

SlimDoggy: You are very much a proponent of regular exercise, for both people and pets. You are a runner yourself and make sure that your dogs are very active. Were you always into exercise or is this something that you have recently developed an appreciation for?

Dr. Katy: I am not someone who loves exercise. But it has become a healthy habit. I would rather scrape myself out of bed and go for a run than not be able to button my jeans. I know I will feel great afterwards and like the results. Yes, it can be tough with work and life getting in the way. All those unread emails, etc. But good health is one of the most valuable things we and our pets can have. Don’t cut corners with your health!


SD: Can you share 1 or 2 tips for pet owners who are trying to get on a regular exercise schedule for their pet?

DK: These days, it seems that we are all so busy and connected at all times. For me, when I do go out there and run with the dog it is a special time to bond and to break free of the grind. The feeling of a few minutes, you and your dog bonding, away from it all, is great. Like hugging your grandma. Take the time and get centered. Being more productive afterwards is another benefit to regular exercise.

Most of the time, I feel so much better after a workout then before. And my dogs sure act like they feel the same way after our exercise sessions. The hardest part for me is just getting started. But once I get going, I am immediately glad that I did. I think that many people are like me in this regard, so it is important to just strap on your sneakers and get started before your brain can talk you out of it.

SD: What is the funniest thing that has happened (thus far) on your Pet Show TV program?

DK: There have been several funny incidents, although not all were funny at the time. The first that comes to mind was when we had a Bengal cat as one of our “adorable adoptables” (editor’s note- each week, Dr. Katy invites a local rescue and one or more of their animals to be on the show as a way to facilitate adoptions). Bengals are generally wilder than most other types of cats. Now as you know from being on the show, our news room is shared with ABC news and Politico. There is a lot going on at all times. Well this cat got out of its holder’s arms and off across the news room, hissing and screaming across the floor. I had to jump off the set, in full heels and a dress, and chase that cat down whilst being stared at by the news professionals at work.

We also tried to bring a Camel on the set, yes, on a Wednesday (aka hump day). Aladdin (his name) was so big that he couldn’t fit through the door. So we kept him out on the sidewalk while folks just gawked at him standing there, on a very busy street, mind you.


SD: I understand that you are closely involved with helping the parents of Catherine Hubbard, one of the young girls who was killed in the elementary school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT in December 2012. Can you tell us a little about your involvement?

DK: I was very touched after the Sandy Hook shooting. It just felt close to home- I have a son that was the same age as some of the fallen children. It really hit me hard. When I learned about Catherine’s family and the animal sanctuary that they planned to build in order to fulfill their daughter’s dream, I felt that I needed to be involved. I met Jenny (Catherine’s mom) and felt like there isn’t a person in the world that couldn’t be effected by Jenny’s hope and determination to make something good from this tragedy. Her ability to remain hopeful and positive and retain her sense of humor, despite the tragedy, is really amazing to me. The world needs to learn from Jenny so we decided to make a documentary film about her daughter Catherine and her love for animals and desire to create a sanctuary for animals, and Jenny’s plans to fulfill Catherine’s dream by making the sanctuary happen.

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  1. I have to agree, getting up and out the door to run or walk is so much better than not fitting into my fur. It is better on so many levels! It is a special time to bond with our humans, especially if the humans leave their electronic devices at home or at least don’t use them while out with us.
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    • Emma, when I take Callie & Shadow, or Ducky, to the park for a walk I always take my phone with me for two reasons: (1) safety, and (2) to take photos of the girls enjoying our time together. Otherwise it stays in my jeans pocket.
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      • We usually have the phone along too for an emergency, or a photo, but we often see people walking their dog and chatting away on the phone. It makes us sad because they are missing out on that special time with their dog.
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    • That fitting into our fur is a constant struggle…thanks goodness for nice running trails!
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  2. What a great follow up Part 2. I feel the same way about exercise but I am no way dedicated like you right now. I lost 40# last year and I have been going on a year of maintaining it with counting calories. I do a little exercise but not much and the other night I did finally go for a walk and it did feel good but I still haven’t reached that point that I can do it each day. I have dogs that need to walk and love to do it so I really need to stop all the excuses and do it. What a great thing you are doing for Jenny, bless you, we need more people in this world like you. Thank you. Slim Doggy in regards to your questions about you didn’t think Chesapeakes were mean. Back in the day they were bred for protecting the fisherman’s boats and catch. They needed to be protective and I think with bad breeding it got turned into aggression. Good breeders have breed this out of them they are still protective of their stuff but they aren’t aggressive unless you don’t do your homework and get one from a “backyard” breeder. Socialization has a lot to do with their temperaments so that has come along ways. People still refer back to the olden days.
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  3. Yes, getting started IS the hardest part of an exercise program, at least for us humans. But what touched me most was the Sandy Hook Project. I still have the lump in my throat from all the emotion it brought to the surface. I love that Jenny Hubbard is working on a plan to fulfill her daughter’s dream of an animal sanctuary! If I lived nearby I would do whatever I could to help help make it happen!
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  4. Thanks for the great interview. It can be hard for me to get going especially in the winter when it is cold and dark.
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  5. Such words of wisdom and great work for those at Sandy Hook. Thanks for sharing this interview.
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  6. We try so hard to stick with a schedule, sometimes its not always easy! Thanks for sharing the interview, very inspiring!
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  7. Great post. I definitely find that if your not used to too much exercise, getting started and keeping it going, is the hard part. After that it sort of becomes habit and you don’t even think about it, as it comes naturally to you.
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  8. Thanks for such a great interview! I agree that getting started is the most difficult part. It took us awhile to get used to getting up an hour earlier so we could walk the pups while it was still cool, but now I don’t like missing our early morning walks!
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  9. Hi Y’all!

    Wonderful interview.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  10. Great interview, this was an awesome read.

  11. Like Dr. Katy said, getting out with your dog is a great way to break free of the grind… and to bond. There are plenty of times I like to completely disconnect… no photos, no posting, no checking my email while out with Rocco! And, the Sandy Hook Project and animal sanctuary sounds just amazing. What a great tribute and story in spite of the tragedy.
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  12. Getting started and making an exercise program is the hardest part, it becomes easier to stick to once it’s part of your everyday routine.

    I can’t get the image of a bengal cat hissing and not wanting to be part of that program, didn’t he know it was supposed to feature his good qualities as an “arorable adoprable” lol.

    Thank you for sharing, I wasn’t aware of Tell Them I Am Kind, going to check that out.
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  13. I can just picture the camel standing out on the sidewalk! At least some people were entertained that day.
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  14. I really have enjoyed these interviews. Thanks for introducing Dr. Nelson to us. I wish her much luck with the documentary. ☺
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  15. Getting started is my big problem with exercise too. But there has never been a time I regretted getting out there to do it, so I don’t know why I have that trouble. Dr. Nelson is right….I need to just get going before my brain can talk me out of it!

    What a wonderful thing Jenny is doing and how generous of Dr. Nelson to be doing what she is to help her cause.
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