Walk Your Dog Week

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2015-PetObesityAwarenessOctober 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.

Here’s a sampling of the “walking” posts we’ve written:


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?
623509_orig 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!


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  1. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, I remember your walks during this week from last year – all the different trails you’ve got out there seem pretty epic compared to the ones here. But then again I guess the grass always seems greener. Maggie certainly does scamper lol, I’ve never had a dog that trots along like that.

    Looks like I’ve got some planning to do to come up with some funner than usual hikes this week.
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  2. Almost all of my favorite everything with my dogs has happened when walking! Thanks for joining the celebration. I love that Pet Obesity Awareness Month begins with a week of encouraging one of the easiest ways to prevent overweight dogs (and people.) Thanks for joining the walk hop!

  3. We all love to walk. If that job thing didn’t get in the way we would walk for many hours a day rather than just a couple. It is so much fun and so relaxing. One of the main reasons Mom always wanted a dog was to have a walking and running partner without excuses, who never complained and it has worked out great!
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    • Ha, that’s one reason I love our dogs too – best partners ever.
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  4. Oh yes, this is our kind of week! Our pack begins every morning with a walk, and we all love it 🙂 It looks as if you guys were able to go for endless walks in your video…how awesome!
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    • We are lucky to live near lots of horse trails and open space hiking trails.
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  5. The Boys may walk for exercise and adventure, but for me it’s the best part of my day. I love the solitude. I feel so bad when I rush to get out of the house “alone” – I prefer to walk without additional humans. I love to listen to the world, watch the Boys, destress from all the clutter that gets inside the mind. Looking forward to this walking week challenge too!
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    • Absolutely a calming exercise for me too.
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  6. Cocoa and I love walking and running together!! That is so nice to have them off leash!! I can’t do that with Cocoa yet. We have to go to the dog park for her to really let loose 🙂 We go every morning though and she is really good with keeping pace with me. Unless she sees something and then I get my strength workout for the day!!
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  7. Running into coyotes on a walk will certainly help you scamper too!

    • That’s for sure, although Jack & Maggie mostly ignore them…it was Tino & Sally that would chase them.
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  8. We walk in our neighborhood. The boys would go ballistic to have a place like you do to explore!
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  9. My huskies always let me know… rather loudly… if I miss a walk time! LOL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
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    • Yeah, Jack and Maggie start following me around.
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  10. We’re so glad you are joining our celebration of this week. You have certainly have had a lot of good things to say about walking! Nothing clears my head like a good walk out in the fresh air.
    We’re going to try to say something about the Obesity Awareness Day as well…it makes perfect sense that it comes at the end of our week of walking!
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  11. The shadow picture is one of our favorites too! We don’t do types of walks, we do new locations. We never run out of interesting places to go, or we visit an area again at a different time of year. Thanks for joining #DogWalkingWeek! Love Dolly
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  12. Any walk that is free of idiot dog owners is a good walk! Sadly, some of the trails we used to go to are now overrun with idiots so we do tend to stay in just a few areas. I try to rotate through them so Blueberry doesn’t get bored – there are several different trails within those areas so that helps. Blueberry definitely has her favorite trails and as long as she is having a good time, I do too!
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  13. Love the shadow picture.
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  14. Thanks for the reference on your prior post. Walking is great exercise for the body and the mind.
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