Resolve to Move Your Mutt Recap

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Last year, we held a special New Years Blog Hop called Resolve to Move Your Mutt. It was an effort to get folks to make a special New Year’s resolution to get out and move with their dog in 2014 – hopefully for their benefit as well as their pet parents.
 
Folks who joined shared a photo of their pet along with their resolution. You can view all of them on our Facebook page. We had great entries and some great resolutions.
 
I’m calling on all the folks who joined to share their progress with us – either with a comment below, or a post to our Facebook page on their resolution success or failure…
 
For SlimDoggy’s update, Jack resolved to work on his back legs:
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I’m happy to report he’s done great work on this. Each night Steve and Jack have a core/leg strengthening session. Jack puts his front paws on a chair and his back legs on the ground and Steve just gently nudges him from side to side. It helps build his stabilizer core muscles and since most of the weight bearing is in his hind legs, it helps strengthen them. They spend anywhere from 5-10 minutes doing this in a couple of different sessions each night. It’s easy to do and Jack loves it. It has absolutely made a noticeable difference in his hind leg strength. As dogs age, that hip, hind leg strength is so important to their ability to move around easily, so this is a great exercise for him.
 
Maggie resolved to be fearless…

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I’m happy to report that she has made a lot of progress this year. While not totally fearless, she has conquered swimming, the dog door and earned the nickname of Maggie Magellan as a results of her exploring, adventurous nature. I would say she has fulfilled that resolution!
 

Now we have to think about 2015 Resolution. How about you? How did you do with your 2014 Resolution and what do you have planned for 2015?

 

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  1. Upps…don’t remember what we promised, or if we promised. Normally, we don’t do resolution stuff, just keep working our program, but lots of folks need that added motivation.
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  2. I wonder if those leg exercises would help Roxy? With her bad back I notice her legs are sometimes not so strong. She can’t reach a chair, but maybe something else.
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    • Absolutely it would help. It doesn’t have to be a chair – just sit on the floor with her and put her front legs in your lap – you just want her back legs to be providing most of the support.
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  3. Pretty sure I didn’t join in the challenge. Pretty sure I won’t do it this year, either. Lots of personal stuff to work on, but it involves therapy. 😉
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  4. Great job Maggie and Jack! We will try to join up this year too!
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  5. After a whirlwind trip home, we’re resolved to take a holiday nap. Resolutions are best made well rested!

  6. We did it! I resolved to walk an avg of 10K steps/day and Rita was a big help in keeping the resolution. I’ll try to write a blog post about it – but still busy busy w/ the holidays! After our success in 2014, we probably deserve 2015 off. 🙂 (But the hubs gave me a fitbit for xmas, so I suppose my competitive side will want to see the footstep #s stay nice and high so we’ll see…)
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  7. Now you can jump into a new year with new resolutions, pawsome! I can’t remember what we planned for 2014 (honestly hahahaha). But we fixed the weight thingy, that’s not bad :o)
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  8. Leo kept his promise but I stopped running after he died. Harley will have to pick up the torch this coming year. He’s not a runner, but this fall we learned to walk faster and farther so that will be our goal – to get faster and go even further!
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    • Running gets tough as you get older. I’ve had to stop running this year…but I’m doing what you are – walking farther and faster.
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  9. Great job Maggie and Jack! Me and Kilo should join this year.

  10. What a great idea! Joining together as a group helps to motivate and keep you going towards a goal. I never thought about doing that for my dogs though. I’m just starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions.
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  11. Aw such great resolutions! I am not good with those, so I don’t really bother making them, but I know a few choice habits of mine that could use some tweaking lol!
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  12. I never make resolutions any more because I usually forget what I’ve resolved by the end of January. However, with hubby retired now and Callie nearing the end of her post-op restrictions, I’m hoping we will all get back to walking at the park.
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  13. PS. Isn’t there a post somewhere of Steve and Jack doing Jack’s hind leg strengthening exercises? I’d like to do them with Callie (once her restrictions have ended); but I need visual guidance.
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  14. I think Maggie did an especially good job on her resolution.

    I think I will follow up as part of my Thursday post this week. I had to go back and see what our resolutions were. 🙂
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    • Maggie did do pretty good. She’s not totally there, but so much better.
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      • At her age, I think any improvement is a huge success. Some older dogs go the other direction. I also forgot to congratulate Jack on a job well done. 🙂
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  15. um I think you’ve both done better than I did… LeeAnna at not afraid of color
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  16. We resolve to make resolutions. We better get started! 😉

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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  17. way to go Jack and Maggie, great jobs with your resolutions. The Sand Spring gang sucked….ok I guess the only big failure was Nellie, she was doing good loosing weight during the spring and summer and then this fall and winter with all the deer kills she got fat again. Gambler did alright as he stayed in shape but didn’t gain the weight as I would of liked him to. Glory did alright too but she didn’t maintain like I wanted her to she gained a couple of pounds but not as many as Nellie.
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    • Too bad Nellie couldn’t give a few of her extra pounds to G’man.
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