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 😉
That looks a fab book, we spend so much time at the compawter, I’m slim but the staff are piling on the pounds..BOL xxooxxx
Mollie and Alfie
We are at the computer a lot too, but when we are not, then we are busy walking and doing other stuff to burn some calories!
Alfie Entlebucher (@AlfieEntle) says
Rooo pawsome – I might get a copy to get my fatty human in shape *Waggy tail*
Oh dear, be nice to the one that buys your food 🙂
Roxy the Traveling Dog says
Great interview Emma, that looks like a great book that could really help a lot of people.
A lot of people need to find that motivation to get them moving, for some of them it may be the dog. Mom has always been active but she wanted dogs to keep her company, it never worked well with other humans.
Very nice interview and it sounds like a great book!
I doubt your family needs it since you are all active but a lot of people do need to get moving.
SUGAR: Golden Woofs says
PAWsome interview Emma. Did you see/read our workouts? Absolutely, Furry Friend is the BEST Workout Buddy. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
Yep, us pups and mom are fitness buds forever!
Dogs N Pawz says
Great interview Emma and that book tour idea was a also great idea!
I only wish I had thought of it, but very creative!
Mom originally wanted to write a book but instead we have a blog! But thanks for sharing and inspiring us to not give up! Love Dolly
Well, we wanted to learn about social media and websites so we started the blog. Mom has always wanted to write a book, so we took part of my blog and turned it into my book. The next book may be from scratch will will be more time consuming but it is fun having a book and you can do it too!
Molly The Wally says
Great review and a good book for those trying to fight the flab. We like to stay lean and mean specially for those squirrels. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly
No kidding, I practice my sprinting all the time in the hopes of catching one some day!
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
Great advice from Peggy our FitDog Friday partner! Emma, you look stunning as always.
Thank you, my hair was a bit messed but with Bailie around things are still not quite settled, so we are all a bit ruffled!
That sounds like the “bible” for my mom! Thanks for a great review ! btw: you look great with your glasses!
Thanks, I like my glasses too 🙂
Pawesome interview ny fellow authorpup! Wooooowooooooo!
We authors have to stick together and help each other out 🙂
Jackie Bouchard says
Great interview. Congrats to Kelly for keeping the weight off!
Very true! Losing it is one thing, keeping it off is where most fail.
Heart Like A Dog (@HeartLikeADog) says
Great job on the interview. I’ve enjoyed reading all the different questions posed to her on this tour.
She had a pawsome idea with the book tour.
Peggy’s book sounds interesting and now that you’re a published author yourself Emma you really know how to do a good interview…Momz & I finished reading your book and we’re going to write about it tomorrow 🙂
Yay! It doesn’t take too long to read which is nice. Can’t wait to see what you have to say 🙂
Brian Frum says
That really was a good interview Emma and we can all stand to learn a lot more about getting fit and healthy!
Thanks, I haven’t done an interview in a while, glad I did not get rusty.
Donna and the Dogs says
Great interview Emma. It is cool that so many bloggers are releasing books right now (including you!) 🙂
I think it is pretty cool too and we all seem to be nice and share each others books.
Gracie Lu Shih Tzu says
What a cool interview and it sounds like a fabulous book! Congrats on your book release! Paw hugs!
Thanks! Are you still in St. Louis? My new sister Bailie is from a small town not far from there.
I enjoyed reading the interview. The book sounds very interesting.
What a pawsome book! And you look so erudite in those glasses, Emma.
Wow! Big vocabulary 🙂 Thank you.