Monday, June 17, 2013

60 Days of Morning Walks - Recap

You may remember here when I confessed how lazy this winter made us.  So we challenged ourselves to walk the pooches every day for 60 days.  How'd we do?


Not terrible!  The past few weeks have busy busy for both the humans in the household with business trips and early mornings in the office that have really put a damper on our morning walks.  Of course, we try to compensate with a nice evening walk, but that doesn't really count as a morning walk, does it?


The way the data stands we walked both pooches 38 days.  Five of the days we only took Tess, and one of the walks was Ed only.  So we're looking at a 63% success rate at taking both pooches on morning walks.


Not perfection, but we are pleased with the routine it has given us.  We (the humans) actually look forward to our walks each morning and are bummed on days where we have to leave early (or more often, wake up late!) and can't go on our walks.  I've noticed how much more ready for the day I feel after our morning walks.



Do you take your pooches for regular morning walks?  Do you find that it affects your day?

12 comments:

  1. I hate to admit this but we've grown lazy having such a huge yard. I try to take the pups every morning but sometimes it just doesn't happen and later I feel bad. I guess it's something we need to be working hard on!

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    1. Us, too! Our yard made us so lazy -- worse part is that eventually it got so bad that after awhile days would go before they got a walk...terrible!

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  2. I really need to start walking with Ray more. He has a couple of triggers which make me think that driving a short bit away and walking then driving back may be more successful.

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    1. We were coming across the same thing. During our 60 days, we took the same route many of the days. We started noticing some behavior issues, too. Ed Is very territorial, so I think that may be the issue - so visiting new places is a good thing for Ed.

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  3. You guys are such an inspiration! And no, we don't take Athena on regularly scheduled morning walks any more. When we first brought her home, we were much more consistent about that. Athena also used to wake up at 5am every morning and be ready to start her day...while we were not quite as ready as her! We've turned her into a morning snoozer now though and she no longer appreciates taking early morning walks because it interferes with her extra morning sleeping. B and I also have such funky schedules that usually someone can take Athena to the park or on a walk mid-day which is perfect for her.

    P.S.- I love that you included the percentage of how much you walked over the past 60 days! haha

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    1. Thanks so much!! Our pooches are snoozers, too -- until we get out of bed then they bounce around until we let them out of the bedroom.

      Well we are engineers, so it's only natural to have some sort of metric reporting!!

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  4. During the months (and months) of Lainey's recovery we did daily morning & evening walks. But, since we got the okay from the surgeon for her to romp around the yard, we have failed miserably at continuing the walks. It is so much easier to just take her to the backyard and let her play. This is a good reminder that I need to be a better mama and get my lazy butt out of bed. I agree that the mornings when I was walking her, I felt better.

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    1. It's so easy to fall out of the routine when you don't HAVE to go on walks!!

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  5. Congrats! I think the only reason we're able to do it is that we are forced into it. Without a backyard, we don't have any other option. But we've realized, once we develop this type of routine, it becomes easier.

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    1. Thanks! We definitely love having it in our routine!

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  6. After a recent scuffle between Turk and Ru, our trainer recommended we start doing daily walks - NO EXCUSES! I am happy to say that we are two weeks in and Turk has only missed one day. I hope we can keep it up 60 days from now! You guys are awesome - and I am sure your pups really appreciate it!

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    1. Woot!! We definitely think that walking together "bonds" dogs -- even if they don't ever "hang out." That is how we got Ed and our foster Toby to get along!

      Keep up the good work!!!

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