so Thursday night I went to my brother’s CD release party! I know, can you believe that mom’s actually get to party and have fun sometimes?!
|Don’t we all look so cute? semi formal attire was suggested|
|CHEERS! Nic & Colin|
….we can’t normally go out and have fun so I won’t try to glamorize it. The life of a mother is really ALL about the kids. Thankfully this was a family event so my Aunt and my cousins watched little L while Colin, my mom and I went to Toronto to watch my brother’s band; Red Nightfall play. – hence the non blog posting, I was too tired and just decided to creep you all instead of writing myself 😉
I know most people would say this about their family but my bro’s band is actually pretty awesome. So if you’d like to check them out please do so. Be warned that nothing on their album will make it into your workout mix though 😛 lol you can even follow them on twitter
|there he is <3|
This run + my bro’s CD party actually = my post topic for today; Running /w your dog.
How? you ask…
Well, my Aunt is a huge animal, people, anything bad in the world activist. God love her! She and my uncle showed up at my bro’s gig (gig sounds so funny) and she told me she’s one of those crazy people that have their heads yelling out their car windows yelling at people cycling /w dogs (which I have done numerous times) and running /w their dogs. She claimed that it was too hard on them and their joints and that they weren’t designed for long distances, only sprits.
I had to agree /w her in some ways b/c it’s true wolves would only be running to kill and catch prey, they would however be walking for quite long distances. She has two whippets – who can really run for short distances! but I wondered about my little mutt at home….So yesterday I looked up every thing and any thing to do /w dog running just to make sure I wasn’t hurting Rex.
Here are the best and most important points I found:
- Let your dog slowly build up millage like you, yourself would do. – if you are already running 5 mile runs and fido has been on the couch for a while don’t drag him out for a 5 miler! Slowly train him like you would train yourself (I feel like this is a no-brainer, but you never know)
- Make sure your dog’s breed is one that is designed for running. ie: don’t run your bulldog for 8miles and expect that he could survive! – I also found it interesting that most sites I researched said that mid-sized MUTTS were the best running partners (So I immediately thought of Rex & Peanut). This is b/c crossbreeds usually don’t have all the health issues associated /w pruebreeds – for those of you wanting a running companion maybe the shelter is your best bet!
- NOW this I was saving for a future post (even Colin told me I should post it for you) but STRETCHING after a run is also important for your dog! – Rex LOVES it when I stretch his legs out. He comes to lie beside me after I’m done my stretches and lets me stretch and massage his legs all over.
- Be aware of weather conditions – dogs don’t do well in heat and humidity. So run at the coolest time of the day if you live in hot climates. Another good rule (one that I practiced this summer) is to go outside in your bare feet on the pavement and see if you can tolerate it – if you can’t, neither can your poor dog! as he only has pads on his feet (don’t you wish they made doggie runners!!) In colder weather make sure you stop to clear your dogs feet of snow and ice chunks!
- BRING enough water for BOTH of you! Rex drinks half if not more of my water bottle when we go out. He just loves to hydrate! lol – it may seem like an obvious one but remember your dog needs fuel and fluids too!
- If you ever have to encourage, pull or force your dog to keep moving or go faster – it is TOO much for him/her. I am totally guilty of this one, but that’s b/c we are in the process of learning to let ME keep the pace so in order to do that I have begun making Rex run the last mile faster than he’d like, in hopes he’d realize he’d better start slower. Now I feel bad
- Get vet clearance to make sure your dog can run! and also continue to go to the vet if anything happens. Rex hurt one of his pads really bad during one of our bike rides but I totally looked after it until it healed. BUT then I found this “mushers gel” and it is supposed to be awesome at creating a barrier btwn the ground and your dogs feet. I may buy it….or better yet just email them and ask to review it for the blog 😉
- Make sure your dog is an obedient walker on a leash BEFORE you start running. This will enable a smooth run that is both safe and stress-free. It is also a good idea to KEEP your dog on a leash… no matter how well behaved your dog is – if they want to go, they will go!
When I go for runs with Rex I am constantly reading his body language and trying to adjust my pace accordingly. I LOVE taking him on easy recovery runs b/c sometimes my pace is so slow he can do a brisk walk while I’m “running” it’s nice.
Speaking of dogs….Rex’s fleas went out of control last night so we spent our ENTIRE friday cleaning like crazy people! I hate parasites….hate.
We started when Logan went to bed at 8pm and finished at 1am! no joke. I think Rex should get fleas more often just so our house will be cleaned properly 😉
– I am SOOOOOO YAY! I think as long as you’re not an idiot and you are paying attention to your dog and use common sense it’s a great idea. I think Peanut is one of the nicest looking dogs I’ve ever seen! and Rex isn’t far behind since we started running together – he is gaining muscle and becoming more lean. PLUS he loves it!
– Rex has attacked and killed; 1 raccoon, 1 squirrel, numerous birds and one bunny – He has also attacked not one, but two skunks and has been sprayed both times!!! this is our first dabble /w fleas but I’m sure our stories aren’t over 😉