No, it’s not a skipping rope. I am, of course, talking about a DOG. Seriously, a dog is your ticket to incidental exercise. When you make the decision to own a dog, you’re making a commitment of sorts to your health and wellbeing. A dog needs to be walked, he needs to breathe fresh air and other doggie smells and your ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ excuses just won’t cut it with him.
Now I won’t pretend it’s always easy, that I jump out of bed on a Monday morning in July with a smile on my face in anticipation of getting outside in the rain and almost freezing weather. But I guess that’s the whole point… when you’ve got a dog it doesn’t matter, you just have to suck it up and get out there!
My dog, Lou, is an (almost) seven year old English staffy. I got him from a wonderful rescue organisation called Big Dog Rescue just over a year ago. I’m a big believer in rescuing rather than buying from breeders or (most definitely) pet shops. I see no need to have a designer doggy when there are so many gorgeous dogs being put to sleep in pounds throughout Australia literally every day.
Anyway, I digress. I’m not here to preach (today, anyway). My point is, dogs are awesome. I now have a no-excuses reason to get outside and walk every single day. So even on the days I don’t get a workout in, I know I’ve done something. And hey, when you’re a lazy girl, sometimes that’s what it’s all about!
p.s If you’re not ready to adopt, there are plenty of rescue organisations looking for volunteers to walk/cuddle/love their dogs. So if you’re interested in adopting, volunteering or donating, here are a few of my favourites:
Big Dog Rescue – as mentioned, this is where we found (and fell in love with) Lou
Monika’s Doggie Rescue – I badgered my parents until they adopted from here
Animal Welfare League NSW
Greyhounds as Pets – a friend of mine adopted her sweet-natured girl Lucy from here