Last weekend summer had it’s Last Hurrah, and we were able to get Sheba and Luke out to Tewksbury Pond for some swimming. Luke hadn’t been in a while but he dove right in with his sister and started swimming immediately. At first he was still doing some splashing with his paws, but it didn’t take him long to refine his technique to perfection.
It also didn’t take him long to show up his sister. I suspected he was going to be a fast swimmer and he certainly is. Poor Sheba has a way of hanging back when her siblings outdo her. Luckily we had brought two toys, a Kong Water Wubba, and a West Paw Jive ball, and we threw both so they could each have something to chase. However, as dogs will do, the Wubba soon became the favorite and the ball floated away in the pond. I knew this might happen so I had brought an older ball that was in rough shape anyway.
Unfortunately, Luke had a little mishap when struggling with his sister over the Wubba. He did a back flip kind of thing, and even though he righted himself and was fine, he took on a little water. He came to shore and spit it back up, but then he didn’t want to swim out again. He had been having so much fun, we hated that this happened and ruined it for him. So we just let him fool around on the shore and it gave Sheba a chance to get in some swimming by herself, which was the good part about it.
After a bit, we would toss the Wubba just a couple of feet in so Luke could try to get it and he did it a few times, so we think he’s going to be OK. Hopefully he’ll forget all about the mishap by spring. Our beagle Kobi used to have a memory like an elephant, so we know there’s a chance Luke will remember and still be timid. We plan to take him out by himself for the first time next year, and then we can let him ease into it without his sister there, and hopefully he’ll get confident again. Fingers crossed.
Sheba seemed a little gimpy that night. She has arthritis, and that worried us….swimming is supposed to be good for her. She was fine the next morning though, so now we think she was just really tired, so we know it was a great workout for her!
We are joining Emma at MyGBGVLife and the crew at Cascadian Nomads for their celebration of National Walk Your Dog Week. The challenge is to walk your dog (or dogs) every day between October 1st and 7th. They are having a blog hop and a big giveaway. Bloggers can join in the hop, but anyone can participate in the challenge through social media.
All you need to do is get out there and walk every day! I know we’re a couple of days into it now, but you can still join in. If you haven’t walked the last couple of days, just tack on a couple of extra at the end….I think as long as you get 7 straight days in, that’s what matters. Be sure to take photos and/or videos as well! You can find out all the details, get some tips, and enter the giveaway by clicking here.
I want to share just a few tips as well about what we’re doing, and maybe you’ll get some ideas:
Keep it simple! I have three dogs, but walking all three at once can be overwhelming for me, because they’re not well trained to walk on leashes. So I take them one at a time for now. That also helps in two ways: it gives each dog some one on one time with me, which I know they love; and it gives me an opportunity to work on those leash walking skills with them.
Make a plan! If I don’t plan something ahead of time, it’s too easy to not do it. So I have a plan for the week: some longer walks and some shorter walks. Each dog gets one of each, and maybe I’ll even find someone to walk with me so we can take more than one dog.
Switch it up! We’re going to find some new places to walk, and intersperse that with some of our regular places that are more convenient. Emma’s post made me realize one of the reasons we hadn’t been walking lately was because I was bored with the same old walks.
On Day 2 Cricket and I headed to the historic district in our town, and took in some interesting sights. Does anyone have any idea what the contraption in the photo below is? I will reveal the answer in my follow up post next week.
Add some sprints! If you and your dogs are physically able to do so, break into a jog or a faster walk every once in a while. It can really break up the monotony and get your heart rate up just a bit.
Enjoy the scenery! I have my cell phone with me for two things only: the camera, and my walking app (I just started using WoofTrax….check it out – and thank you to Kelly’s Dog Blog for reminding me about that app…it’s another motivation to walk!). With the changing seasons here, even the same old places are looking different, and I’m enjoying the beautiful fall colors.
On Day 1 Sheba got a shorter walk to one of our usual places close to home, but the colors reflecting on this pond really changed it up a bit:
I hope you will join us in making the commitment and join in the fun! We’ll be sharing much more next week about what we did on our week of walks.
We are also joining the FitDog Friday blog hop. Thank you to our blog hop hosts SlimDoggy, To Dog With Love and MyGBGVLife. Please visit their sites and others through the links below to learn more about keeping your dogs fit and happy!