Exactly three years ago today I picked up this beautiful pup from the breeder:
And look at the gorgeous girl she is today!
I have never regretted my decision to get her for an instant! And in 6 days I will be picking up Miss Envy! We are already signed up for Puppy Kindergarten and a Developing Body Awareness and Core Strength Workshop! Her litter mate Moon will be in the workshop, too! And, yes, my dogs are in shape. Dogs need core strength just like humans do!
One of the several reasons I decided to get Miss Callie was to have a running partner. We have not been able to run together this summer because of my injury, but hopefully we will put in some miles this fall! She gets so excited when she realizes Mom is taking her for a run! And she has the classic runner’s syndrome of wanting to start out too fast, so I have to reign her in a little. She also likes to race the cars that pass us, and she speeds up when someone is running in front of us. She is little Miss Competitive. =)
But running with your dog in the heat can be dangerous! Here are a few tips I found:
- Your dog has a fur coat, so they get hot a lot faster than you do.
- Dogs don’t wear shoes, so be aware that the pavement you’re running on may be hot.
- Dogs do not sweat like people do. Most of their sweat glands are located around their paws. If you see wet footprints on your floor it’s most likely sweat, unless your dog was playing in the sprinklers.
- Dogs have dilating vessels around their faces and ears that help to keep them cool, but the main way that they cool themselves down is by panting.
- Snub-nosed dogs such as Boxers, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, Bulldogs and Pugs should not be outside in the heat. They have poor panting mechanisms and overheat very quickly.
- Run near water. Your dog will be able to cool off in the water; even just dipping their paws in will help.
- Run with your dog in a harness instead of a collar. If your dog pulls, consider a front harness or gentle leader. The collar will put strain on your dog’s neck and may cut off his or her airway.
- If your dog overheats quickly, you may want to consider buying a cooling vest.
- Allow your dog to run on the grass or other soft surface. If the pavement or trail hurts your dog’s paws, you can purchase booties, but give Fido ample time to get used to them; most dogs don’t really like them.
- Always warm up and cool down. This goes for you and your dog; it will help to lessen the stress on the joints.
- Build up your dog’s endurance gradually, the same way you would with your own workouts. Start with short sprints or shorter distances and increase the distance weekly.
- Teach your dog to walk on a leash correctly before you start running. Do not allow your dog to cross in front of you or pull excessively.
- Take your dog on a run early in the morning or late in the day.
- Go on shorter runs and find shaded areas; your dog will not require as much exercise when he is hot.
- Consider run/walking. This will give your dog a little break to cool down.
Hopefully some of you can put in some miles with your pups since I’m not able to this summer!
Fun Fact: India sent the world’s last telegram on July 14th. This was 144 years after Samuel Morse sent the first telegram in Washington and 7 years after Western Union sent the last telegram in the United States. At their peak in 1985, 60 million telegrams were being sent and received a year in India.
I haven’t updated you on workouts in a long time! Here goes:
Friday: 10.3 miles indoor ride; 30 minutes hip strengthening + PT exercises; 1.25 mile walk; 30 minute Insanity Class
Saturday: 16.3 miles indoor ride; 25 minutes hip strengthening + weights; 2.25 mile walk (part in the rain!)
Sunday: 45.7 mile outdoor ride; 45 minutes elliptical; 1.3 mile walk
Monday: 14.7 miles indoor ride; 30 minutes hip strengthening + kettlebells; 1.25 mile walk
So, we just finished Week 8 of Century Ride training!! This week I cycled 90.3 miles indoors and 45.7 miles outdoors for a total of 136 miles! According to Kim’s intense training plan, we should have biked a total of 657 miles by the end of Week 8. I have biked 689.39 miles! Granted, most of those (59%) have been indoors, but still!! That’s a lot of cycling!!
Quote from Adulting:
“[Loving someone] is more like a human six-year-old, something delightful but also in need of vigilance and attention lest it fall out of a tree and break it’s wrist.”
Remember how I told you I would be making pizza quite a bit this week? Well, here is pizza #2! I should have left it in the oven 3-4 more minutes to brown the crust more, but I was starving and a little impatient…maybe a little like that human six-year-old in the quote above…
Basil and Mozzarella Pizza
– 1 tbsp EVOO
– 1/4 tsp black pepper
– Fresh basil
– 3-4 ounces mozzarella, cut into large pieces
– Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in the oven. Preheat to 500* (keep stone in the oven as it preheats).
– Let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
– Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a floured surface. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven.
– Spread EVOO over dough and sprinkle with black pepper. Top evenly with basil and cheese.
– Bake at 500* for 12 minutes or until crust is crisp and the cheese is slightly browned.