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 K9 Kamp in the fall (read the end of the post to see what we have lined up).
Even though the overall challenge went well, there were three times that Gretel made me look bad at Kamp.
1. Gretel is slim but Mama is chubby
You have probably heard the saying “If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.” What if your dog IS slim, but it is you who is fat? I get compliments all the time about how fit Gretel is but my weight has been creeping up.
When I brought Gretel to Kamp, I felt a little self-conscious wondering if people were thinking “how could your dog be so fit while you are so chubby? Who is walking your dog for you?”.
Luckily I have a sense of humor about the whole thing and realize that 1) just because Gretel is skinny doesn’t mean she is healthy inside. She still needs regular walks to make her fit and 2) it was ok to take a cue from Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes and incorporate some K9 Kamp activities with Gretel where she tagged along but I did all the work.
2. Gretel makes you to think that the things I do to her to make her miserable
I had a custom sled pulling harness made for Gretel. It’s not for actually pulling a sled, it’s for pulling me when we go on runs (the sport is called Canicross).
I excitedly put the new harness on her for photos. She was less excited about the whole thing. When I pulled out the camera she struck the most pathetic pose to make you feel sorry for her and make me look like a big meanie (she was full of go-juice as soon as we got outside).
3. I made plans for a fun new activity while Gretel just made other plans
I daydreamed about running with Gretel and our new setup. When your dog weights 10 lbs, Canicross is really a glorified run with a hands-free leash. Regardless, I had visions of her throwing her weight into the harness like she does on our hikes, encouraging me to keep my running speed up and us both gliding effortlessly through the field like Gazelles.
What really happened is that Gretel didn’t pull on the leash half the time, tried to dart off to the side after squirrels, and I looked like an uncoordinated goon stumbling after her.
We did have success once or twice.
If you are wondering about Chester, he participated in Kamp too. Because he is old and kinda slow he didn’t make me look so bad though 🙂
I am not giving up on this new sport for Gretel and I and plan on both of us being in better shape for the fall K9 Kamp. I am proud to announce that I am joining the K9 Kamp Coaching Team with Kol’s Notes and Peggy’s Pet Place. My mission is to keep the fun rolling between Kamp challenges by posing mini-challenges each month.
These mini-challenges will be easy ways to help us make sure our pet’s fitness is on track. The first official Keeping Up With K9 Kamp challenge will be announced on Friday, July 5th. There will be a special badge and everything. I sure hope all you k9 Kampers and K9 Kamper wannabes come back then to join us.
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