Saturday, November 14, 2009

Just Do It!

I'm reminded of the TV commercials like Nike's Just Do It and the one of the nerdy guy in the doctor's office who starts to dance to the music...with the not so cool looking receptionist looking at him thinking he's hot. that one. Move. Do.

So that's my theme today... Dog. Move. Do!

I've always had a dog in my life. Growing up they were just lap dogs or a farm dog, but we always had one to love and play with. But in those days, we never took advantage of the performance venues available. What a wasted opportunity!

So here's my encouragement today...take a look at your dog, consider his breed and strengths and find a activity that you can enjoy together. The best're doing something together and that just fosters the bond between human and dog. Not to mention it's great fun, maybe a terrific new hobby, chance to meet new people, and some are just darn good exercise for both the 2-legged and 4-legged. Check out the internet for some dog training centers--there are many choices! Maybe it's obedience, agility or how about therapy dog work, or a perhaps a tricks class.

Now some say that a bully isn't that smart--but don't believe that. Otto loves to get in the obedience ring and while he has one Rally obedience title, I'm hoping to start working towards his Rally Advance title. He loves to get out there...maybe just because of the treats, but regardless, he's always at the door waiting to go. Now Maisy is more of a homebody, loves her walks but not so crazy to be in strange, loud environments. Apple just finished puppy class so we are trying to figure out what to do next. I'm thinking puppy agility as that will give her a chance to improve her coordination and it's great for building confidence. There's definitely going to be ongoing obedience in her future. Now Henry is a busy boy, partly because of his sporting breed and versatility. He's doing fabulous in obedience and blew us away with his athleticism for flyball...and then there's his field work and hunting. He alone could fill our schedule with dog activities.

I guess I traded the "Mom Taxi" for the "Dog Taxi." Taking my furry kids to one activity after another. Try it, you'll like it! :-)

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