It seems like I am not alone right now in releasing a book that is dog related! Several of my blog friends (humans and dogs) have also put out books recently. One of my friends, Peggy Frezon, had the promotional idea to have a Fun & Furry, Fit & Healthy Blog Tour, and today is my stop. Peggy released her second book The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss & Maintenance earlier this month. If you and/or your dog need to get onto the fitness and health bandwagon, this would be a great book for you. A dog makes an excellent partner – we are always there, always willing, and we will keep you company.
Peggy and her dog have been working on diet and fitness together since she wrote her first book, so I was interested to hear more about their journey and how it is working for each of them. Her book offers tips on diet for you and your pup as well as fun activities and work outs that you can do together.
I checked out the new book on Peggy’s website, and decided to do a little interview per email with Peggy about her book.
Emma: Who got into the fitness aspect first, you or the dog?
Peggy: We both kind of dragged the other one into it. To be honest, we kind of enjoyed our lazy days! I work from home on the computer all day so I wasn’t getting much exercise, and she always enjoyed a nice nap. But it wasn’t good for our figures. It took me a few times to convince Kelly that it was a good idea to get moving. But now she loves her walks and jumps around in circles when she knows it’s time to go out. Ike as well. He is younger than Kelly (and me!) so he wants to walk, run and play more often!
Emma: Does your dog motivate you to keep going when you are tired or do you have to motivate the dog?
Peggy: Initially I motivated Kelly because I wanted her to get fit and lose a few pounds. Seeing how much Kelly loves her walks, I don’t want to be lazy and make her miss out. So we definitely motivate each other.
Emma: Have you noticed that your dog has more energy after losing weight and getting more fit?
Peggy: Without a doubt. Me too!
Emma: What was your dog’s starting weight and what is it now?
Peggy: When I started writing my first book, Dieting with my Dog, she weighed 41 pounds. This wasn’t obese, but it was pudgy and the vet suggested she could lose a few. By the end of the book she weighed 35 lbs. Now, since researching and writing The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance I’ve learned even more about activities to do with your dog and ways to include them in fitness fun, and she’s lost a few more pounds. Best of all, she’s maintained her weight loss for more than a year!
Emma: Did you join any fitness groups or just work on your plan with the dog?
Peggy: I joined a gym, but unfortunately we don’t have any K9 Fit Clubs–a gym where both people and dog’s to work out together. But I have step-by-step exercises in the book, designed by the K9 Fit Club. So you can look at them and do them together with your dog at home. I think that’s my favorite part of the book.
Emma: Thank you so much Peggy, I hope your book is a huge success!
This book is available on Amazon.com, click here to place your order.
Sorry for no Snoopy this week, I didn’t think about today being Wednesday when I signed up for the book tour a while back, so Snoopy will return next Wednesday. I believe I will have three more Snoopy posts. I’m sure the suspense is killing all of you 😉