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K9 Kamp Week One – The Results | GBGV | FitDog Friday

June 7, 2013

Hold on to your ears…this is a FitDog Friday and K9 Kamp post all rolled up into one!

FitFriday Prize

A few weeks back I won a giveaway on FitDog Friday. I won a package from Pruven which just arrived at my house the other day. The arrival was actually perfect timing and 2 of the three items in the box were poop bags in a holder that attaches to my least or a belt loop or whatever mom might be carrying. Why is this good timing? Well, with K9 Kamp in full swing we are hitting the streets a lot more which means that our systems are being sparked to produce more which means that we can definitely use some more “poop bags” at our house!  These little hanging thingies are really quite handy. As you can see, there was also a pretty while and purple bandana in the box. Unfortunately, mom does not think purple is a good color for me but the real issue is that I tend to get pretty messy every time I go outside, so the bandana is going to be worn by my sister who looks great in purple and somehow manages to stay clean almost all the time! Thank you to FitDog Friday and Pruven for my prize!

American Dog Magazine

The second piece of news is that I am in the American Dog Magazine, spring edition that just came out on May 30th. My photo along with my facebook page are in the Famous Dogs with Facebook Friends article.  I am so excited and so happy that mom got me my own copy! Lots of my pals from Facebook are also in the magazine this issue! Go to their website to find out where to get your copy!

Pooped Out

Now for K9 Kamp. If you arent’ familiar with K9 Kamp, stop by Kol’s Notes or Peggy’s Pet Place for more information! Oh boy, we worked hard this week and I am plum tuckered out! Our challenge has been to add 30 – 40 mins to our regular work out schedule 3-4 times a week. We did it, we are not quitters and mom figured out that it is pretty easy to add in that time.  One day we drove to a small lake in our area and walked around it to get in our extra time but the other 2 days we just added 15 mins to our midday and even walks and it was barely noticeable.  Even my sister Katie had no trouble keeping up.

kool kollar

Now for some fitness advice that many humans may not be thinking about. When you look at my sister and me, everyone feels sorry for Katie in the summer with her thick furry coat, well, that is so WRONG! That thick furry coat not only provides nice insulation for her in the winter but in the summer it keeps the heat off her skin! She is also super tall, so she is far from that hot pavement that radiates heat. Then there is me, I don’t do real well in the summer heat. The main problem is that I am low to the ground and all that heat just hits me and makes me too warm. To combat this problem we have 3 solutions. First, we try to do most of our workouts in the early morning hours. Second, I sometimes jump in my pool before a walk or we walk where there are places that I can go swimming along the way. Third, I have my trusty Kool Kollar. Mom bought these for Katie and me a few years back. Katie never really need hers but I use mine a lot in the summer. When mom has it full of ice mine holds about half an hour whereas Katie’s holds almost an hour…proof that I am much warmer! The collar works by allowing the ice to melt on my chest as I walk along, cooling the blood supply to my heart. There are different varieties of “cool collars” out there, we just happen to have Kool Kollar’s product and it works great for me and it looks snazzy too in the bright colors!

Stay cool and stay fit! Join in the K9 Kamp challenge running through June 21! We would love to hear what you are doing to stay fit! I have also added the Slim Doggy Fitness/Calorie widget to my sidebar. Katie and I have tested it out and it is amazingly accurate! Give it a try to see how your dog is doing with the calories in/calories out count!

fitDogFridaySince K9 Kamp is all about staying fit, I am of course joining in the FitDog Friday blog hop sponsored by  SlimDoggyPeggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love Stop by and see what other dogs are doing to stay fit!

52 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellen Shedlarx permalink
    June 7, 2013 07:05

    Can Katie and I come live with you. We both need to get fit!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 08:44

      Mom would love to have a group of people with dogs that wanted to get fit but the people we know always whimp out because of the weather or being to tired, etc but at our house there is no whimping out :)

  2. June 7, 2013 08:14

    You know I LOVE the color purple. We need to get that Kool Kollar. Happy Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 08:44

      They are great and it sure would compliment your shoes ;)

  3. June 7, 2013 08:16

    Hi Emma, wow, lots of news from you today. You did a great job for k9Kamp this week. We have to get out there today and step it up. I’m glad you mentioned that Kool Kollar – that looks like a great idea. I’m a yellow lab, so I don’t get too hot in the summer, but my sis Maggie is a black lab and she just absorbs all that heat from the sun, so she can’t do to much in our hot CA summers. Maybe one of these will help her. Thanks for joining the Hop (and adding the widget – hope your fans find it useful!)

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 08:45

      We are totally impressed with the widget – amazingly accurate! Get a Kool Kollar, it does really help out!

  4. June 7, 2013 08:17

    Congrats on being in the magazine!! I didn;t know about the kool kollar. that’s a great idea, we will have to look into that!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 08:46

      They are great and there are other brands out there, we just happened to find this one first and it works for us.

  5. June 7, 2013 08:54

    That cool collar is great, never seen those before, although I am a stunning Blond I do get hot. I don’t like being all hot and sticky cos you never know who’z ya gonna meet out.:) Never can have enough Poop bags..BOL.. Have a wonderful weekend Emma xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:07

      Happy pooping and sweating :)

  6. June 7, 2013 09:09

    Looks like you have all the fitness ideas covered. Great job on the magazine too, AWESOME!!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:08

      Thanks, I am pretty pumped up about the magazine!

  7. June 7, 2013 09:12

    Emma, Congratulations on being featured in American Dog Magazine! That’s super cool!

    I’m all tired after reading about you exercising and going for walks though… it’s not a kitty’s life! I need a nap now!


    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:08

      You sound just like my cats, they see me leave on a walk and take a nap until I get back, have snacks with me and then nap again…nap, nap, nap :)

  8. June 7, 2013 09:39

    Congrats on the magazine thing Emma, that is so cool…and quite fitting!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:09

      Thank you! Mom and I are really proud of me for getting in there!

  9. June 7, 2013 09:51

    Nice way to start off camp Emma, keep up the good work!!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:09

      Thanks, I will hit the road again after my nap…just keep pawing my way forward…hopefully towards the snack supply drawer ;)

  10. June 7, 2013 10:03

    My very favorite picture is the water bottle
    supply belt! Don’t work so hard.

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:10

      It sure is a big one and holds a lot of water! Mom used it for her marathons so it should hold me for 26.2 of walking!

  11. June 7, 2013 10:05

    Great keep-cool tips! And congrats on the magazine mention – that is super COOL!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 10:11

      Thank you, we are super excited about the magazine!

  12. June 7, 2013 10:42

    No messing around at your house – you guys get out there no matter what! That collar looks pretty great, I’m going to check it out now.

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 13:52

      It really helps me out a lot in hot weather…if we ever have that again in MN!

  13. June 7, 2013 12:02

    Those are super fabulous glasses! And congrats on the magazine!!!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 13:53

      Thanks, lots of folks like my glasses :) I am pretty excited being in a magazine!

  14. peggyspetplace permalink
    June 7, 2013 12:44

    Emma you’re doing great! Kelly has the same problem with the heat. She has a new harness that is kind of like your cooling collar, and in the winter it can keep you warm and in the summer it can keep you cool. We got it this winter, so I’m looking forward to trying it in the summer. Congrats on your adorable picture in the magazine!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 13:54

      Thanks! I am good in the winter, just get snowballs between my toes sometimes but I handle the MN cold well, just not so much the heat!

  15. June 7, 2013 12:46

    Glad to see your excellent advice for keeping cool. The East Coast storms are bringing cooler temps but I know we’ll have summer one day so I can take advantage of your tips.

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 13:55

      I am not sure if we will see hot weather this summer in MN…pretty sad when mom considers turning on the heat in the morning in June! I guess it is better than a big heat wave, though!

  16. June 7, 2013 15:04

    Emma, how could anyone say that you wouldn’t look good in purple?! That is just ridiculous as you would be pretty in any color. I love your Kool Kollar. Being in Florida, that would be a great thing for me to have! I may have to run over and buy one.
    Have a fabulous weekend.

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 15:56

      We ordered them online…mom likes me in red or orange, my sister gets the pink and purple, that’s ok. You should get one, they really work well on us short ones.

  17. June 7, 2013 15:59

    Congrats on your prize you won, Emma, and great that it is coming in handy for you; and on getting in American Dog Magazine! I am impressed that you are easily adding in your 30-40 minutes/day to your workouts several times/week. That Kool Kollar looks really neat too, I’m glad you showed that so I could see exactly how that one works. You had quite the week, no wonder you were so tired!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 18:39

      Yep, this is one tired dog! I think the extra exercise was the easiest part of the week! Get yourself a Kool Kollar if you have trouble when it gets hot out, they really are great!

  18. Hawk aka BrownDog permalink
    June 7, 2013 16:07

    Hi Y’all!

    Thanks for the info on the cool collar. I’ll get my Human to get me one!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 7, 2013 18:40

      Thanks for stopping by and post some pics when you get your Kollar!

  19. June 7, 2013 20:35

    Congrats on your prize and being in a magazine too! WOO HOO!!


    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 8, 2013 05:38

      We are so excited! I just love it and am so proud of myself!

  20. June 7, 2013 21:04

    That Kool Collar is Super neat! We have something like that the Mama made, but it is a gelly ice pack inside. We love all you guys are doing for K9 Kamp.

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 8, 2013 05:38

      This one came with gel packs too so you can use it indoors without the we mess but we only use it with ice outside.

  21. June 7, 2013 21:14

    Congratulations on being in the magazine! You are such a super star Emma!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 8, 2013 05:39

      Now if only I could find the fortune to go with the fame…I would be stocking up on dog treats for me and all my friends!

  22. June 7, 2013 21:27

    The Kool Kollar looks like it would be great to help stay a bit cooler!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 8, 2013 05:39

      It really is a great thing!

  23. June 10, 2013 03:23

    Well done you, and I love the idea of the collar!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 10, 2013 05:28

      It is a life saver for me in hot weather!

  24. June 10, 2013 06:38

    The cool collar sounds like a great solution to the heat. Congrats on the appearance in American Dog Magazine!

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 10, 2013 06:40

      Thank you :) The Kool Kollar is a life saver for me when it is hot out!

  25. June 11, 2013 11:34

    Congrats on having your photo and Facebook page in a magazine! Having short dogs myself, I know the dangers of heat radiating off of the ground too well. I’ve thought about getting some kind of cool collar for Chester and Gretel but we couldn’t use it on hikes – the water/dirt combination would make it a little mudball.

    • Emmadog permalink*
      June 11, 2013 11:49

      Mud ball is my middle name, so for me it doesn’t make a difference :) They also come with little freezer pack things that you can insert instead of ice but we think the ice lasts longer and I think you can order extra inserts if that is something you want to use.

  26. June 12, 2013 04:08

    I just love your Kool collar, must have a look to see if we can get those here

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