For my post today I have to thank my little sister to thank. Dear sweet and innocent, little Miss Bailie won the Mover of the Month award over at PetsMove.org in December. As the winner, she received a K9 FitBone. The good news is that we can all share it, but I still have to try and remember it is hers and not mine. Sometimes I like to claim everything as my own. My goal for January was to beat her, but I will not be able to do it as she has to really practice her obedience, which means she gets at least half an hour more exercise time a day compared to me. Maybe February when she is done with that stupid class!My UPS friend delivered the package and as you can see the battle began. Bailie couldn’t wait for Mom to unpack the K9 FitBone, she had to sit right on the box! As soon as Mom cut the tape I got in to see what it was all about. I wanted to be first to use it, so I gave it a test run right in the box! Mom took it out of the box and Bailie hopped right on while it was still in the bag! We were pretty excited to see how it worked!
I did the first test once it was completely unpacked doing a “sit on it” (Mom calls it the “Fonzie move”, something about an old TV show). It was a bit wobbly, but with concentration, I got it done. Note my almost perfect form…it had nothing to do with the squirrel outside the window, honest!
Katie has lots of trouble with her front left leg these days, so she tried just doing her front legs. Since she is a big dog, it is harder for her to get on with all fours anyway. It as interesting to see, as every time she tried, we could see that she barely puts any weight on the leg that bothers her.
Next up was the tricky part, actually standing with all four feet on the K9 FitBone. I had to make a couple attempts before I got the balance. I also flipped it over so the bigger nubbies were on top to help me get grip.
Of course, miss show off Bailie had to jump on with all four paws and tell me how easy it is! Well, for one thing she is much younger and she also worked a lot on her core in the pool in Florida, so no surprise to me!
Last but not least, we had Mom take a few short videos of all of us “balancing”. Towards the end of each of our turns, if you look closely, you can see us start to tremble a bit and the balance slowly start to go. Sorry, no crashes in the video!
You don’t have to spend hours working out to get benefits from the K9 FitBone. Just three to five repetitions, holding each position for around five seconds is enough to work the core muscles. We already see a slight difference after only using it a few times.