Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

Vacationing with my dogs!

May 12, 2012

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Our trip down to North Carolina went great,  thanks to having well traveled dogs and finding great pet friendly hotels.   Travelodge is one of the most pet friendly places I’ve ever stayed.  If you love dogs this is the hotel for you!  As I walked down the hall yesterday I could hear a variety of barks coming from nearly every room.  It was not obnoxious barking, just the kind of barking it makes you smile and think I’m home.  As I walked past the doors I wondered what breed and size of dog  was behind the door.  It made me realize that I am not the only 1 out there that loves travel with my dogs and specifically plans my vacation around ” my dog family.”
After a wonderful night’s rest we headed to the beach, it doesn’t get much better than the Outer Banks in North Carolina where dogs are welcomed on the beach which pretty much makes it the most wonderful place in United States!

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A typical day of exercising & fun for my dogs?

January 21, 2011

What is a typical day of getting out and having fun with my dogs? You have to understand that for me having fun with my dogs comes very easy: it is not like I have to ponder ….”humm what will I do with my dogs for fun?” Now if that is the case for you as a dog owner, I would love to hear from you!  Because I simply can’t imagine being in that predicament with my dog.

Doing some simple group obedience with my four dogs, including my foster dog Max, is always fun for them, but today it was about going outside and enjoying the sunshine and of course a tennis ball with the Chuck-it, regardless of the 20 degree temperatures.  But due to the temperature today, little Keegan stayed inside, he was not happy about it but at 9 pounds and a new hair cut, I made the executive decision that it was in his best interest!

So off we went the border collies ran down the 32 steps on to the frozen lake and ran out about 20 yards, stopped to make sure I was along for the fun and waited ever so patiently for my arrival, or more likely the tennis ball! Behind me, Annie followed my every step down to the frozen tundra. Today instead of me deciding where to walk, I let them make up the route.  It became very obvious that they would not walk away from me for me to follow as they kept looking at me to see where I was going to walk.  Then the fun started!  Annie took inventory of the miscellaneous elements in the snow; she was in her glory, nose to the ground and having a purpose!  With six eyes piercing through me, it was time for the first throw of the tennis ball and off the three border collies, Toula, Cole and Max, went as fast as their legs could carry them.  I only throw one ball but it is amazing how much fun all three have running after it- there is never any sulking or aggression because the one dog (whom we all know is Toula) continues to get the ball repeatedly.  On that rear occasion when Max or Cole do get the ball, Toula seems to have the same about of joy as when she gets the ball.  For my dogs it’s not all about getting the ball, it’s about being outside exercising and having fun with me.  Throw after throw, tails wagging, ears cocked with delight and running non-stop there is nothing better than to see happy dogs!  Even watching Annie explore is a great sight to see, the things she stops to take note of or the trees she must look up remind me that she is in her glory.

With working dogs it is so important to recognize their need to stop exercising other wise they will go until they injure themselves.  When Cole lies down I know I have one very tired dog and it is time to call it quits.  This isn’t always the case but one that I am very much aware of.  Oh don’t think that if I kept throwing the ball he wouldn’t run after it because he certainly would, he is a border collie and there is no such thing as “I’m too tired!”.  So I make the pack decision and say the one word that brings the fun to an end “HOUSE”.   And up they go, climb the 32 steps and wait at the door.  Once inside, they all find their soft beds and as I sit here typing I am surrounded by snoring from Annie and three other sleeping dogs.  Keegan is wide awake still wondering why he didn’t get to go outside!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2010

Team WHATADOG would like to wish everyone and their dog a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Whether you are Irish or think you are, go outside and enjoy the day, do an Irish jig with your dog, live it up and enjoy the sunshine if you happen to see it!

Very concerning….Dog Park goers be aware, be alert and be proactive!

February 9, 2010

I received information today about an alert for those living in NYC who take their dogs to dog parks and runs and the threat of poisonous substances in or around these areas.  It is very important to always be alert of the environment in which we allow our dogs to play and also, to relieve themselves.   When I am traveling with my dogs, which is often, I tend to use rest areas to relieve my dogs. I do not walk directly through the “dog run” area due to safety reasons.  Be aware of what other owners have not picked up, other dog’s poo is not something you want your dog walking through.  Also avoid areas of standing water, this is not a healthy way to allow your dog to hydrate and pay attention to what is on the ground.  Do not allow your dog to eat the various items on the ground.  What does this mean for you as a dog owner?  Pay attention to your dog and the environment you subject them to, your dog’s safety is your responsibility.