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For the better part of the last six years, we were a two dog family. Andre, a weimeraner-lab mix, was the active one. He was the kind of dog that was bred for bird hunting. He was the one that would drag me for long walks and chase tennis balls. Even in his advanced age, he was the one that wanted to hang out on the pier and fish or chase opossums out of the backyard. Kamikaze, our chow mix breed, well, he was the lazy one. He didn’t do much except sit around in the air conditioning and stare out the sliding glass doors. The outdoors wasn’t really his thing. We didn’t blame him. He had that heavy fur coat. In Florida.
Dre, as we called him, passed away earlier this year. The only time Kaze really went outside was to go to the bathroom. Since stairs weren’t really his thing either —like I said, he’s a lazy one—his entire existence was confined to the rug in the first-floor living room. There were always excuses for allowing a sedentary lifestyle but not anymore. With cooler fall temperatures on the way and a new eating plan from IAMS™ for our furry friend, we are both on track to get healthy! P.S. Keep reading to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win IAMS™ for a year or Walmart eGift Cards.
How to Get Healthy With Your Pet
“It’s too hot outside.”
“I don’t have time to take him for a real walk.”
“He doesn’t really want to go exercise anyway.”
“He’s happy to just sit there.”
These are no longer excuses. You have to hold yourself accountable. Fortunately, if you have a dog, you have a partner that can help keep you on track.
So, here are five ways that you can help each other feel better each and every day.
1. Exercise with your dog: Last year my dad got in a really bad car accident and injured his back. Motivation to do physical activity was tough when his back hurt.