While chewing my new Wubba...Mom found this Wubba Commercial on You Tube. These doggies are so nice and calm. Not normal dogs at all....must be aliens or robots. You will need to to pause my tunes below to hear their very soothing muisc on the Wubba Ad. For some reason I can't get it to fit on my blog though... :(
I still like to use it for Tug o War :) Oh I love Wubba so much, I just like to pull the squeaker out too :)
What was kind of funny..we saw the KONG newsletter today and in it were pictures of Lions and Tigers with Kong toys..and they were in one piece!! I am more ferocious that they are..ROARRRRRRRR.......
Started making cookies...they need that yummy frosting on them today except for those chip ones..which I can't eat--hmph!
Well if you normally take your pet pooch for walkies how would you feel about making it a race.
Cani-cross is a new sport where people run around a course with their dog.
It looks a bit like extreme dog walking but it's becoming more and more popular.
Caught in the act!! Not really..it was actually kind of a last minute decision to tape this. The only light in the room was the warm glow of the tree in the corner. So please look close and see how good I am at unwrapping these gifts!
The Best Walking Partner: Man vs. Dog
By TARA PARKER-POPE
New research from the University of Missouri has found that people who walk dogs are more consistent about regular exercise and show more improvement in fitness than people who walk with a human companion. In a 12-week study of 54 older adults at an assisted living home, 35 people were assigned to a walking program for five days a week, while the remaining 19 served as a control group. Among the walkers, 23 selected a friend or spouse to serve as a regular walking partner along a trail laid out near the home. Another 12 participants took a bus daily to a local animal shelter where they were assigned a dog to walk.
To the surprise of the researchers, the dog walkers showed a big improvement in fitness, while the human walkers began making excuses to skip the workout. Walking speed among the dog walkers increased by 28 percent, compared with just a 4 percent increase among the human walkers.
“What happened was nothing short of remarkable,” said Rebecca A. Johnson, a nursing professor and director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “The improvement in walking speed means their confidence in their walking ability had increased and their balance had increased. To have a 28 percent improvement in walking speed is mind boggling.”
Ms. Johnson said that because some people are afraid of dogs, the participants were given the choice of walking with a human or a dog as the companion. Ms. Johnson said the dog walkers were far more consistent in sticking with the program than those who were walking with humans.
“In the human walking group, they were regularly discouraging each other from walking,” she said. “Missouri is a hot state. We would hear them saying: ‘It’s hot today. I don’t want to walk, do you?’ ”
The response from participants in the dog-walking group — and their dog companions — was very different.
“When the people came to the animal shelter, they bounced off the bus and said, ‘Where’s my dog?”’ Ms. Johnson said. “And the dogs never gave any discouragement from walking.”
Ms. Johnson said she suspects differences will show up in other areas, like depression and anxiety, although that data are still under review and the final study has not yet been published.
But there were also other subtle indicators of improvement among the dog-walking group. Many people in the dog-walking group stopped using canes and walkers. “They would say, ‘Now I’m physically fit enough to take my dog for a walk,”’ Ms. Johnson said.
I stop and sit like she says...but, where is my treat???
This door in the livingroom..is where I see the dog. The dog looks at me from the behind the doors everyday. Now there is fire...where is the dog??
Thanks for all of the happy birthday wishes!!! Thank you Madi for the Greenies...oh I gobbled them right up! When Mom got the mail and brought in the package that day..I tackled her down to get the box!! OOOOHHHH I was so excited!! I really REALLY love the mail..almost as much as chasing rabbits :)
My birthday was wooferful! Did you know...someone sent me snow??? Yep, we had our first snowfall on my birthday!! Sadly we were not able to get pictures....I lost the snow on the way home from taking the younger people to school. I looked all over for it...it just vanished!
I still have no pictures of my birthday gifts..Mom is buying me really tough to chew through toys now, like this new one made out of Fire Hose...Fire Hose? Huh? Well, guess what?? I have started chewing through it..I even woke up in the middle of the night and had to go find it so I could continue my work!!
A Labratory Retriever!