Sunday, November 20, 2011
Staying In Shape
My Labrador ancestors were bred and trained to retrieve game birds. My friend Sadie is a Lab and is really good at putting up and retrieving birds.
Unlike Sadie and my farm cousins, I spend most of my days inside working behind a desk. That's why it's important for me to get as much exercise as I can. Good exercise like walking and playing not only keep me fit but keep me from getting bored.
I have lots of toys at work and at home to play with and my mom tries to take me for a walk every day but there are times when we get so busy she can't leave the Studio so she's found other ways to make sure get my exercise. When Mom can't take me out I get to go for walks with my friend Lee Ann. Lee Ann doesn't have any dogs of her own so she takes me and some of my other friends for walks. Sometimes we dogs play tag or catch and when I get back to the Studio, I'm so tired I need to take a nap.
I love when Mom has all day meetings because I get to go to Dances With Dogs day care. Being in day care is the BEST. I get to play with lots of dogs all day long. We get to play indoors and outdoors. In the summer they have pools where we can cool off and the toys! I've never seen so many toys in one place and I can play with all of them.
The people at Dances With Dogs are really nice too. They make sure I get my lunch to keep my energy up and a nap so I don't get over tired. Even with a nap, I am so tired when it's time to go, I usually sleep all the way home.
If Mom and Dad need to be away on a weekend Deborah my pet sitter from All Life Matters comes to my house to walk me, feed me lunch and play with me.
Balance in life is important. Working hard is good but you need to make sure you get plenty of exercise, eat right and get enough rest. That goes for dogs too. Dogs, especially working breeds, need lots of exercise. If we don't get enough exercise or if we get bored, we can get destructive and nobody wants that. So, I've designed our Good Dog Spot gift basket with lots of toys to keep any dog busy and happy. A happy dog is a good dog.
Stay healthy, stay happy.