Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My jogging buddy...

I'm silly sometimes and just don't think things thru. I've had a dream of being a runner for a long, long time. But I always manage to do something wrong and injure myself. The brief bits I do are so refreshing and liberating. They make my stress melt away. Not to mention the pounds, lol.

When we adopted Peanut she was 3.5 years old with a noticeable limp. A letter that came with her made mention of a bee sting. 6 months later the limp was still there so off to xrays and such (over $400.00!) The limp was attributed to a knee ligament tear, but we also discovered that Peanut has bilateral hip dysplasia in a mild state. Hmmmm.. should probably have her xrayed again to check progression. It's been almost 4 years since we adopted her. The anniversary of that is 9/30. I try to limit her running and jumping for fear of injury. This has lead to a cranky, slightly overweight pooch with harness bulge (fat rolls over her harness). I mentioned this in the post yesterday about the harness bulge.

It dawned on me today that not only does Peanut LOVE jogging down the road, but that it's GOOD for her. It helps get the weight off and builds muscle to keep her hips in good shape. Tonight I dragged the jogging stroller out since Joe's working. I was a bit stressed at having to run Peanut and have JP in the stroller, but it was all for naught. Peanut naturally fell into the perfect walking place next to the front wheel. We were going just fast enough for her to jog lightly. She had to get used to the placement of the wheel at first, got bumped a few times, but did great after she got it down. We did a small bit of extra running on a side road with little traffic, I think it was a bit much for her. When we got almost back to the house she stopped on the road and didn't want to move. Either that or she was afraid I'd make her go further past, lol. I angled so she could see I was heading for the lawn and she came right over. Usually if she's off leash I have to chase her down. With these runs she just goes to the door and stands there, lol. Best aprt is she runs at a great pace for a light jog for me. SInce she's a corgi she can make a good little jogging buddy. Short, but perfect for what I need, lol.

3 comments:

Dani said...

Peanut is a petite corgi like my Corki. But Corki is like her mom and stays fit and trim even tho she eats some junk that falls on the floor. Comet we have to be more vigilant with, he's on a "lite" organic food. He's bigger, weighing in at about 32 lbs, where as Corki is about 22.

Good for you, getting out and exercising!! I had the jogging stroller out tonite -- but just at Zac's baseball field for his game. LOL

Kelly said...

Peanut is primarily on a raw foods diet and without it I think we'd have had a problem much sooner, lol. I want to see Peanut back to 20-22lbs. She has a winter wardrobe to fit back into, lol.

katiebear said...

fantastic news! i'm not sure what to do with our jogging stroller as there's no way i'm using it anytime soon and if dave were to go jogging again he'd probably take both kids. maybe i should take alice on a jog since she's gained weight =)