Ringing in 2014 With New Goals

Hike Detail in Mountains

If you had asked me a few years ago I would have said that I don't make New Years Resolutions. I would have said that I thought setting goals and resolutions is important all of the time, not just once a year. However, now I do like the idea of setting new intention at the beginning of each year in addition to setting regular goals the rest of the year. I think my change of mind has been … [Read more...]

K9FITbone Balance Training with Zuke’s

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We love hiking but our options are limited in the winter. Even though we switch to snowshoeing, many of our winter hiking trails aren't accessible or are too hard for us - hard for someone not in the best shape (that would be me) or short, little dogs (that would be Chester and Gretel). We still get out when we can, but our trips are fewer and shorter than they are in the summer. Every winter I … [Read more...]

The October K9 Kamp is Now in Session!

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As you may have heard, we are now official co-hosts of K9 Kamp with Kol's Notes and Peggy's Pet Place. K9 Kamp,a fitness challenge aimed at fighting pet obesity, happens a couple of times  year. Because the three of us believe that canine fitness should be something you work on year-round, I was nominated to pose a series of mini-challenges in between the main sessions of camp - Keeping Up With … [Read more...]

September Keeping Up With K9 Kamp Wrap-up

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The September Challenge The challenge this month was a "thinker". I intended it to be easy but it turns out that self-reflection sometimes takes more time and energy than simply "doing" something for 5 or 10 minutes. The challenge this month was to spend a little time reflecting on your fitness and health goals. The questions I posed were: If time or energy was not an issue, what would a … [Read more...]

September Keeping Up With K9 Kamp Challenge

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Welcome to the September Keeping Up With K9 Kamp Challenge! As you may have heard, we are now official co-hosts of K9 Kamp with Kol's Notes and Peggy's Pet Place. K9 Kamp, a fitness challenge aimed at fighting pet obesity, happens a couple of times  year. However, we believe that canine fitness should be something you work on year-round. This is where Keeping Up With K9 Kamp comes in. Keeping … [Read more...]

Meetup Groups Help Keep You and Your Dog Active

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I often write about the fun we have with the Adventureweiner Club of Seattle. We go on hikes, meet up at local dog parks, camp and visit fun dog-friendly destinations. Being a part of this group promotes exercise and physical fitness for Dachshunds as well as provides socialization opportunities and mental stimulation....all which are very important factors in keeping both you and your dog active, … [Read more...]

August Keeping Up With K9 Kamp

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Welcome to the second installment of Keeping Up With K9 Kamp! As you may have heard, we are now official co-hosts of K9 Kamp with Kol's Notes and Peggy's Pet Place. K9 Kamp, a fitness challenge aimed at fighting pet obesity, happens a couple of times  year. However, we believe that canine fitness should be something you work on year-round. This is where Keeping Up With K9 Kamp comes … [Read more...]

July Keeping Up With K9 Kamp Wrap-up: Calories In vs. Calories Out

Chester's Placemat

So, here we are, at the end of the July Keeping Up With K9 Kamp challenge. I thought I was sure I knew what I was doing with feeding Chester and Gretel. I did find a surprise or two when I compared the calories per day that Chester and Gretel require to what I was actually feeding them. Here are my results (warning: Dizzying math ahead) How Many Calories Do They Need? Both SlimDoggy (widget … [Read more...]

Keeping Up With K9 Kamp

Keeping Up With K9 Kamp Badge

Welcome to the first installment of Keeping Up With K9 Kamp! As you may have heard, we are now official co-hosts of K9 Kamp with Kol's Notes and Peggy's Pet Place. K9 Kamp, a fitness challenge aimed at fighting pet obesity, happens a couple of times  year. However, we believe that canine fitness should be something you work on year-round. This is where Keeping Up With K9 Kamp comes in. Keeping … [Read more...]

Three Ways My 10 lb Dog Made Me Look Bad at K9 Kamp

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I can't believe K9 Kamp is over already. Maybe it's because the spring sunshine is extra motivating but we manged to stick with the goal of increasing our activity by 30 minutes 3 - 4 times a week. We definitely dusted off the cobwebs and started, what feels like, a regular habit (I got sick so was derailed a bit). It will still take discipline and fresh challenges to stay on track until the next … [Read more...]

We’ve Been Invited to K9 Kamp!

Sweatsuit Dachshund

I confess that we have fallen out of our regular routine….if we ever had one. Really, this happens every winter.  During the summer we hike once a week average and walk several times a week. The rest of the year it is chilly and rainy in the City, and there is too much snow in the mountains, to walk o hike for any significant duration. Earlier this year, in an attempt to motivate me during the … [Read more...]