Many of my posts seem to include the inactive Golden Girls. They do sleep a lot, but they also get plenty of exercise. Our streets are pretty much straight up or straight down. We keep them on lead during their walks and the hills give them a workout. They must walk up and down without the momentum of running and they must walk at the desired speed of the pack leader.
Several times a week we take them to places where they can run free and off-lead. While they enjoy their walks on leash, they really love to run free.
Lucy gives it her all. She is definitely a sprinter.
Ellie is usually paces herself, but this day she sprinted right along with Lucy.
Come on, Mom. Can't you keep up?
Ellie stands still to sniff the wonderful scents in the air.
Both dogs are much slower as we walk back to the car.
We always take fresh water and a bowl.
Back home they relax and reflect on the day.
When you choose to have larger dogs, you must commit yourself to providing exercise for them. Not only are they more calm, it keeps their weight where it should be. We do everything we can do to keep our girls healthy. They give us so much pleasure and happiness.
Marcel Proust once said:
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
I would add that the same is true of our pets.
HAVE A HAPPY AND WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!