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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
November 26, 2018
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OK, REALLY IT'S 'DOGS, TREATS, AND FITNESS!
Well, it has been a pretty awful weekend and I was kinda happy it ended with me still employed and without any speeding tickets. Usually I don’t get too upset over stupid football games but watching my alma mater lose their rivalry game really ticked me off. I mean, they lost on a missed field goal and they had plenty of time to push the ball forward and go for the touchdown. I’m an old school thinker when it comes to football and you never rely on a kicker to win you games unless you absolutely have to. Sometimes I eat my words at the NFL level but at the college level, I am usually right. Give the ball to the athletes, not to the guy who could usually go an entire season without changing their jersey. This was compounded by the fact this weekend was awful at work, for people were angry, mean and aggressive when it comes to dealing with Black Friday deals. They complained about hold times and perceived screw-ups. First of all, you have taken a plunge into the most disgusting day of the year and you are mad you are not getting quick service? Anyway, all of these things angered me to the point where I was glad to be home with my dogs Rusty and Scarlett. They are my rocks in this dreary life and this year has been rough on my pocket book when it comes to those two. Scarlett had a back problem that cost a boatload of money, Rusty suffered a broken cheekbone that has set me back and of course, you have to do frequent dental work for small dogs unless you really don’t want them to live very long. So yes, all potential vacations have been axed this year. Anyway, I took them for a little walk and it kind of relaxed me from all of the stress of the world. They got home and fervently ate their dinner, for they are really cute when they start begging for food. Rusty, with his Cone of Shame on his head, especially looks silly.
Anyway, I really needed that walk and one thing that has really been a constant in my life is the fact I usually walk every day. This is because my dogs are indoor dogs and thus want to give them some outside time rather than keep them cooped up in the house all day. I have been doing this for a long time now, almost nine years in fact. Before I got Rusty I never went outside or exercised period. I worked a physically demanding job but that was it. Either way, getting a dog and then getting a second really changed my lifestyle. This is not uncommon for most people, for many people have to walk their dogs. Heck there are cities in this country that actually pay people to walk their dogs for them! (which sounds insane to me). Rusty was a pretty fat dog and he was getting restless while I was gone most of the day. Anyway, the subject of having a dog (or a cat for my cat loving friends) has been studied quite extensively in regards to de-stressing and winding down from a bitter day. It is healthier to play with and pet your dogs rather than guzzle half a bottle of wine or a six pack of beer. But they can also help you with your standard fitness routine! https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/are-dog-owners-healthier-people
The obvious reason why they can help with your fitness is the fact you have to exercise them. Now my dogs are little and so walking them is just fine. If you are like Jon and Christa, then you have a slight problem when you have a bouncy boxer like their old pup Hugo. They frequently take him for runs with them and he loves it. Now as for little Pete their Terripoo (man I hate saying that, why did they do that DNA test…I liked calling him a Doxie-poo, hehe) he is still getting back after dealing with a bout of Valley Fever this year, but he is also the gym mascot so he subconsciously tells people to work out while at the gym. There are some days I go to Reid Park and see some people slowly riding their bikes with their dog in tow, taking them a couple laps around the four mile loop. Heck, one of my favorite Instagram model-fitness-guru-life coach whatever you wanna call her has her dog with her all of the time on her epic hiking and trail running trips. If you have a dog that has higher physical capabilities, this could be a godsend because we all know what happens when your pup starts getting restless? They start acting up, and my dogs are no exception when I miss a couple days of walking them due to other things in in life (like say I go on a rare date rather than take them out). Usually Rusty gets pretty pissy and starts raiding the trash can in hopes of extra treats. Some studies even indicated walking your dog can also improve your general walking speed due to the fact some dogs push a faster pace than what you normally do. Dogs are especially good for the heart due to the fact they can help reduce blood pressure and when exposed young, many people develop fewer allergies. https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/top-15-ways-puppies-improve-your-health
Plus, there is another thing that could be telling in your life…if your pet is overweight and unhealthy, then it is most likely you are as well. https://barkpost.com/overweight-owners-and-dogs/While some dogs get fat due to the fact they are expert beggars, much of the time their health is a reflection on yourself. If you notice your dog is getting heavy, or your vet says your pup needs to go on a diet, then that means you should probably join Fido in the quest. Personally, when I see stories about extremely overweight dogs on the internet, I don’t laugh but I cringe. The habits the person is engaging in are most likely self destructive to not only their dog but themselves. Think about it? We all have this bad habit of giving our pups some snacks. You can imagine how bad it used to be with my dogs when I ate pizza as frequently as people drank water. My dogs would get so triggered that my old roommate could ask “You wanna get some pizza?” in a normal voice and the dogs would come racing out of whatever room they were in and start begging. I typically gave them sausage and crusts, so yeah, there was a reason why they both became pretty overweight. If you wanna get some treats for your pup, get some healthier ones for them at Dogs-N- Donuts. https://www.eatphod.com/
Anyway, this is a short one this week because I have to go walk the dogs. They get testy with me when I say the word “walk” these days, for that has triggered them much in the same way pizza used to trigger them. Take it easy.
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