My new little sister loves to run! Bailie is pretty quick on the short distance, and all the running in the yard is good exercise for her. She is thirteen weeks old, so pretty young, but she still goes on a couple shorter walks every day. We can’t take her on our long morning walks yet because she barely has any belly fur and she gets cold really quickly in the morning.
We do have two problems with her, though. First, she has lots of energy and loves to get into trouble, second, she is absolutely obsessed with food. She comes from a litter of fourteen, so she has had to fight for food her entire thirteen week life. She sticks her head in the bowl, gets a mouthful and swallows, barely chewing. Her first evening at our house she camped out in front of our snack drawer. She has started to learn to sit when she gets a treat, but what could we do to slow down her eating at mealtime? Katie and I didn’t care much for eating as pups, so this was all new for Mom. When Katie was young and left home alone, mom had a food ball that she would fill up and give her to keep her busy. We decided to try feeding Bailie using this ball. Guess what? It really solves two problems at once. Bailie gets her entire meal in the ball. She has to push it around with just one or a few pieces of food falling out at a time, so she can’t gulp down a mouthful. Instead of two minutes it takes her about twenty minutes to get all the food. It keeps her walking around and thinking which wears her down. Shortly after she finishes she lays down for a nap which is what Katie and I do after our meals. We found a solution that solves two problems. One day when she learns that she doesn’t have to fight for food at our house, she will get her food in a bowl once again. This short video shows the problem and the solution at work.
Another exciting happening I would like to mention is the PetsMove.org program. We strongly believe in a healthy lifestyle for pets and their humans.
What is PetsMove.org? PetsMove is an ongoing virtual event to encourage people to get active with their pet. Participants will be able to:
1. Visit the PetsMove.org website to learn about the program and how they can participate.
2. Enter their pet in regular sweepstakes contests.
3. Track their pet’s fitness progress using the tools on the website and collect “paws” based on their dog’s activity levels. “Paws” collected can be redeemed in the sweepstakes giveaways.
4. Learn how to create fitness programs for themselves and their pets, how to choose the right food for their pets, and receive pet health tips from our team of experts.
5. Become a part of the PetsMove Community and share your stories and triumphs with other members.
Why should pet owners join PetsMove.org?
Three reasons: time, money and prizes.
• Goal number one is to give pet owners more TIME with their pets – a lean dog will live on average 2 years longer than an overweight dog. Pet owners can use the information learned at PetsMove to get or keep their pet fit and hopefully extend their lifespan. Who doesn’t want more time with their beloved dog?
• Goal number two is to save the pet owner MONEY – overweight dogs cost the owner hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year in extra food, medical care & prescription medication.
• Goal number three is to have fun! There will be numerous fun, healthy & useful prizes given away each month to active PetsMove members. Plus, eligible members could be selected to appear on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson, on ABC News Channel 8 in Washington DC with their fit and healthy dog.
Stop by the website and take a look, sign up, see what it is all about.
Lastly, don’t forget that on Monday, September 23 it is the Scoop That Poop Campaign blog hop headed up by Sugar the Golden Retriever along with several cohosts including me – believe me, with Bailie we have plenty to scoop! The theme of the hop is “Be a Scooper Hero” so have fun and post about poop!