Walk Your Dog Week
October is a month focused on pet fitness. It’s Pet Obesity Awareness Month and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention runs it’s annual survey.
The first week of October is also Walk Your Dog Week which was started a few years ago by Colleen Paige, a self-ascribed “Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate”.
We’ve participated in both of these activities for the last few years, and this year is no different. We love Walk Your Dog week, but our problem was what to write about. We write about running and walking with our dogs all the time – we do it everyday, it’s a big part of our life.
- How to walk your dog using a treadmill
- Running into coyotes on your walk
- Dog Walkers and how to find a good one to help you exercise your pet
- Tips for walking a pack of dogs
- Choosing the best leash for walking your dog
- Different kinds of walks you might take with your dog
- Is it possible to take a leisurely walk with a Lab?
- Walking shelter pets
- And just recently we looked at casual walking
- Our 2013 Walk Your Dog Week post looked at some of our favorite walks
- In 2014, we challenged ourselves to find new and interesting walks for Jack & Maggie
- We’ve taken walks in Big Bear, in the hills around our house, on trails to visit waterfalls and walks on sandy beaches.
- Even one of my favorite pictures with the dogs is from a walk…
As you can see, we’ve covered walking from many different angles, it was hard to come up with a new story for today. I was pondering what to write about on my morning walk the other day and was struck by the different pace that Jack & Maggie keep when we walk. By the end of our walk, Jack is walking right to my right – keeping perfect pace with me. But Maggie, even now when she is sick, scampers. She doesn’t walk, or at least she doesn’t for more than a minute or two, she scampers. I don’t know what her rush is, but she’s always out ahead of us, or she’ll lag behind and then scamper to catch up.
If you don’t know what scamper is, it’s defined as …run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement and that suits it perfectly. See for yourself – that’s a scamper, right?
Walking is one of our favorite things to do and not just because it’s good for us. How about you – what type of walking do you do with your dog?
In honor of Walk Your Dog Week, we are joining the Blog Hop sponsored by Cascadian Nomads, Wag ‘N Woof Pets and Dolly the Doxie. Thanks to them for sponsoring the Hop and encouraging all of us to get out there and walk with our dog!