So far I have yet to decide if the girls are asking me or I am asking them, "How many miles in how many days?!?" But the longer I wait to commit myself to our next walking challenge I am starting to realize what I'm sure they knew all along-their crazymomlady is a procrastinator! (Gasp-a shocker I'm sure.)
So in their best interests, and I'm sure my own, I announce:
Let the 40 Miles In 30 Days Walking Challenge begin!
Yes, its true I upped the ante. I'm not sure how this is going to work out with each pup, but I suspect Maizey is going to get a lot more practice in LLW. Meeka started limping again two days ago, complete with the hardwood floor issues returning. I haven't been able to decide if this could be an episode of Degenerative Myelopathy, or if she just got stiff from not walking last week when I had the flu, or even a combination of all three. I will probably never know. What I do know is that walking every other day like we have been doing can only be good for her regardless of what the underlying cause of her mysterious symptoms are.
So reason #1 for walking challenge:Meeka needs it.
I have posted before about how much more content the dogs are when they get some exercise and that is reason #2: the girlies love it, and I love to see them have so much fun.
Reason #3 ironically does not pose near as much motivation as reasons #1,2 but it is: the exercise is very good for me too, both physically and mentally.
As before we would love to have you join our challenge. If you would like to be added to the walking challenge just post me who is walking and how many miles you have in a comment or email and I will keep it updated. If you would like to set a mile goal that is reasonable in your real life please don't feel bound to our 40 miles-join us with whatever works for you. If you would like me to post what your individual mile goal is I will add that too.
There really is only one rule I set for myself in these challenges: have fun. This is meant to be enjoyable time for me to spend with my four legged friends and any two legged ones that want to join us. If I get stressed about the details I know I will not enjoy myself. Even one walk with my pups is one walk I wouldn't have had with them, and that defines my success right there. Achieving the miles is really icing on the cake of the time I spend with them. As was recently commented, the time we have with our four legged friends is far too short to waste, we have to take advantage of what we have.
So, lets walk and have fun!
- katie, Maizey and Magnus
- Lessons From and For 4 Legs has moved to a new address: http://www.lessonsfrom4legs.com. Where we will continue to learn life's lessons from my little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's, Maizey and Magnus. Don't miss Meeka's lessons too, by checking the archives of my big girl rescue Rottie. They all teach me so much!