Today is the one year anniversary of the FitDog Friday blog hop. It seems like it has always been around, but I guess not. I think this blog hop has been one of the forces that has help me find a direction for my blog and I am thankful for that. This may come as a surprise, but I love to have fun and be silly. I enjoy helping other dogs stay healthy through my crazy, fun adventures and FitDog Friday is a great tool for me. For my family, fitness is fun and it is a lifestyle. Now and then I get an email or comment like this one from a reader:
Hey Emma, because of your blog, our mom has been working hard at walking us a lot more. She said you wrote that good long walks help make your day calmer and happier! It sure is making our days happier. Keep up the great writing!! Your doodle friends in sunny, somewhat warm (!) Colorado.
Reading a note like this, makes Mom and I so very happy to know that I have helped other dogs and their humans find fun in staying fit and healthy! It gives my blogging work real purpose and meaning.
We have also changed our routines since joining in the FitDog Friday blog hop. We have learned from other bloggers about new activities and ways to keep a dog fit. We were fit a year ago, but now we are definitely more physically and mentally fit.
Are you a member of PetsMove.org? We joined when it started but did not start entering our activities until November. We had to find a routine to remember to enter what we have been up to for workouts. If you are not already a member, consider joining. It helps to motivate you to workout in a fun, slightly competitive way. Congratulations to little Bailie for being runner up Mover of the Month in March, nice work, sis! They have fun contests where you can win things like my super cool PetsMove t-shirt, or Bailie will be getting a fun bandana!
I am really proud (along with my sisters) to have been given the “ALL WEATHER AWARD” by FitDog Friday for carrying out our exercise and fitness routines in rain, snow, sleet or sun! Our family does not believe in using bad weather as an excuse to be lazy. It isn’t always easy to go out in driving rain or -20 temperatures, but we do and we are glad we got out once we are back home. I will be adding this badge to my sidebar, thank you!
Bailie and I are one class away from completing Nose Work 2. We have joined the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), and signed up for our first ORT (odor recognition test) in May. We have to pass the ORT if we want to compete in Nose Work, so we are on our way with paws crossed. Be forewarned…if you are out grilling we will know about it and may show up at your home this summer! We don’t need silverware, plates, condiments, or the like, just the meat on the grill is fine for us!
I received lots of requests for more nose work videos, unedited, from my Sony Action Cam. Today I am fulfilling that request. Mom did edit out the in between times when I was taking a short break, but otherwise the video is au natural complete with original sound from my ridiculously loud sister, Bailie, that doesn’t like to wait for her turn. I can’t wear my uniform with my Sony Action Cam, so I am wearing my normal collar. This was week 3 and 4 combined and we were the only two dogs in class this session. The goal of these hides was to teach me to ignore boxes and find the tin with the odor as well as to search the perimeter for the scent. Although it seems too obvious to humans where the tin is placed, I don’t go by sight, just odor. This is a training exercise, so the hides are not supposed to be super secret. (Remember this video was shot at school, so it is not a beautiful video, more a working video).