Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

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Given that it is Thanksgiving week, I thought it would be appropriate to share some fitness related thanks in recognition of how lucky I am to have been able to exercise a lot the past year with our 2 great rescue dogs, Jack and Maggie.


Jack and Maggie are both senior Labradors of around 11-12 years of age, who have had their share of issues. Jack was obese and on Prozac before we brought him home and Maggie is a fearful puppy mill mom who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer. Yet, both of these old dogs have had a very active year!


Sure, Jack cannot run as far with me like he used to (when we would run 5 miles several times a week). But I am thankful that I am still able to run with him a few times a week, even as he has gotten older. Our pace is a lot slower, and our distance is probably only a mile or so now, but we both still enjoy the exercise and our time together.


Jack is also still willing to do many of the different exercises that we write about on His favorite is the elevated touch drill, which he does with me almost every day. This has really helped his hind leg strength and his hind legs belie his advancing age. I am thankful that Jack remains a willing exercise partner and that he has benefited from the work that we have put in.


Maggie is a somewhat different story. She is a very strong and stubborn dog, and until about 4 months ago, I thought a very healthy one. She learned to love to run with me and Jack and in fact, was able to run faster and longer than Jack. I am thankful that she was able to experience the joys of running with her pack.


Today of course, it is a different story, with her bone cancer. Although she appears to be pain free, we are not able to run her due to the weakness in the bone in her leg. Still, she gets up every morning with bright eyes and tail wagging and charges out the door and down the driveway for her walk as if nothing is wrong at all. She will often trot ahead of us and look back as if to say, “let’s go, its run time”. For this, I am very grateful. It makes me so happy to see her like this, enjoying her exercise, and I cherish each day we are able to get outside together.


Maggie seems up for a romp down the beach!

Maggie seems up for a romp down the beach!


There really is something special about exercising with a dog. For those who do, let this be a reminder to cherish the experience and be thankful for being able to do so.


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  1. Mom says there is no better exercise buddy than a dog. So happy Maggie is still getting out there and enjoying walking and things. I’m sure her healthy lifestyle is helping her fight her cancer.
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  2. A couple of great furry animals to be thankful for. Enjoy your exercise partner! Have a great weekend.
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  3. Hi Y’all!

    We love to dog stuff with our Humans…it’s being together…and we’re always ready to GO!

    Hope y’all had a yummy Thanksgiving!
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  4. I need to get more active with Penny!
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  5. Thankfully, Sam forces me to be active and boy am I grateful, though I note this morning he wasn’t all that keen on running in 4″ of fresh fluffy white stuff and single digits. 🙂

    • Yikes, I wouldn’t be either.
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      • Always a meteorological adventure in the 303. Wait 10 minutes if you don’t like the weather…it’s bound to change to something you will like. 😉

  6. Such lucky dogs, Jack and Maggie! So very blessed to have had YOU as their parents……….

  7. Momma and I just came back from a long snowshoe walk. We go for two long walks everyday and we both enjoy them. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  8. Well said! Everyday is a great day when you can get out with your dog!
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  9. We posted about this today as well! Dogs make AMAZING fitness partners!
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  10. I’m thankful to have dogs to workout with, too! 😀
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  11. That video of Jack makes me remember my Daisy. In her later years she ran but not as far for sure. But getting out there and moving makes a huge difference in their health and ours!! And Maggie getting to be out and still moving her body is awesome!!
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  12. Aw, I didn’t know Maggie was a puppy mill mom. She’s a very lucky girl to have found her new home with you guys. It never ceases to amaze me how dogs are able to simply enjoy the moment – such as when Maggie does, although she has bone cancer. And that’s exactly what Missy did when she went through her cancer treatment – enjoying every moment with her pack.
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