Have you been to Peggy's Pet Place and/or Kol’s Notes to enter the giveaway and find out more about K9 Kamp? If you haven't, then get over there. Lots of fun things to win!
So, the K9 Kamp challenge is to work an extra 20 to 30 minutes into your pup's exercise routine 3 or 4 times per week. As I mentioned at the start of kamp, Rita and I walk a lot - about a marathon a week, between a long walk every morning and sometimes another 20 minutes a few nights a week. Adding more time sounded tough, so at first I thought we'd try upping the intensity instead.
|A happy-walker makes for a happy-kamper|
We tried incorporating some running into our morning walk. But a mere 2 days of that was enough to resurrect old problems. Way back in 2002, I ran the Rock N Roll marathon, and my peroneus has never been the same. (I didn't even know what a peroneus was before the marathon. And no, for you Harry Potter fans, it's not the same as a patronus. The 2 peroneal muscles are on the outer part of the lower leg.) Mine flares up now every time I run on the road.
So, the running didn't work.
Then I thought we'd add some play time after each walk. (Sometimes Rita "devil dogs" around after a walk, so I knew she'd have the energy.) We came home, and I got one of her fave toys and tossed it. She brought it back a couple of times, but she's just not a huge "fetch" girl. She said, "Yeah, that's enough" and took the toy outside so I'd leave her alone.
So, the fetch didn't work either.
You probably remember that the hubs had his knee procedure done recently, so I thought the nightly walks would be out, but luckily that was not the case! His knee felt okay, and since walking was the only exercise he could do, we started doing more/longer walks at night - we've gone every night for at least ~40 minutes.
What I thought was going to be impossible ended up being pretty easy in the end. Hopefully we'll keep this up. It'll be hard when quarter-end hits and his work gets busier, but we'll see.
So, there's the follow-up on both K9 Kamp and the hubs' knee. (It's doing okay so far. Still too soon to know if it worked though.) As for a few more quick follow-ups:
Is My Dog Dumb Or Just Not as Bored as I Thought?
Most commenters agreed (or were just being nice) and said she's smart and has me well trained. Why futz with getting a treat out of a toy if momma will do it for you?
KONG Premium Treats Giveaway
I asked folks to comment on how long they thought it would take their pup to eat the big happy gator treat. Pamela from Something Wagging left a response that made me laugh - her pup Honey has thrown down a challenge that if Rita could eat it in 7 minutes, she can do it in 6. (It's like the old Name That Tune: "I can eat that gator in.... 5 minutes." "Well, I can eat that gator in 4 minutes!" "Go ahead. Eat that gator!" And, yes, I know that reference totally shows my age!)
Anyway, go enter! It's easy and the contest is open until Wed. at midnight. (I'm sorry for all my usual UK/Canadian readers, but the folks at KONG set the rules for this one.)
As for our "Worst Walk" ever...
So, my friends work in law enforcement in California and they emailed and said this dirt bag [my words, but I know they agree!] was guilty of 2 counts of assault & battery - once for hitting me with the stick, and again for spitting on my friend. Her retaliatory slap would have been dismissed. And she said I could have waited for the bruise to come out before having it photographed, and it likely never would have gone to trial as the dirt bag would have probably made a plea-deal. And... in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation - it turns out what I wrote about grievous bodily injury was wrong. Although a bruise isn't grievous, it's the result of battery - and I was a victim of that.
Hopefully none of us will ever need to know this info - but there it is just in case! I wish I'd had someone there with me who knew about this kinda stuff!
Anyway, we haven't been back yet. We usually go to the beach MWF, so this post will go live before I've gone back. I had a little bit of anxiety (dumb, huh?) just walking in the neighborhood this morning, so I hope everything will be fine tomorrow when we hit the beach. (I guess I shouldn't use the word "hit" with "beach" anymore. Bad memories.)
I'll have to follow up on that next week. I hope there will be nothing to follow up about. Hopefully all will be well.
Are You Going to Our County Fair?
To end on a fun note - remember our entries??? Well, we won! These aren't the best pics since they're taken through the display case glass, but we got the 1st place blue ribbon for our dogs and 3rd place for our bunnies!
|First Place for the dog park!|
|Third Place for our basket o' bunnies!|
Gosh this was a long post. Damn, I'm getting wordier. I've gotta cut back! I've got a word addiction!
Hope you are joining in the K9 Kamping fun!
Check out the rest of the FitDog posts and get some fun ideas for keeping your pup in shape. Thanks SlimDoggy and co-hosts Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love for hosting the hop!
And thanks to Heart Like a Dog and co-host Hound Girl for the Follow-up Friday hop!