Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #27

Kool says, "I'm thankful for laundry baskets full of dirty clothes!"

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Swift and Kool have such different personalities. Swift is always by my side, while Kool usually does his own thing. They don't often cuddle together, but when they do, my heart just melts. I love this picture. It shows how much they truly love each other.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Running is for the Dogs

No, not really. I just wanted a cute title to my post that had something to do with dogs, since this is a dog blog, after all. :)

I got my two running days in last week, and I even went on an extra walk on Sunday with both boys. On Monday, I took Swift with me for my run. It makes me so happy to see how much he loves it. When it's time to do the running part, he just takes off, with his ears flying back and a smile on his face. He's not a huge fan of the walking part. He's ready at any moment to put his little legs to work again!

Swift, ready and raring to go

I took Kool on Thursday. It didn't go quite as well as it did with Swift. I always thought Kool was a great leash-walker, but I think it was just because Swift is such a puller that Kool looks good in comparison. Kool drags behind me and sometimes just sits down and won't move. During the running intervals, I had to give him little tugs to keep him going. I felt like he was slowing me down. I've always known that Kool is a bit lazy and doesn't like to walk as much as Swift, so I was hoping to build his stamina a little bit. However, he is 10 years old, so I'm not sure that it's really the best thing for him. What do you think? He always seemed to do well when we went on our Adventureweiner hikes, but it's been a while since we've done those. I really want to build up all of our stamina so we're ready to hit it next summer.

"Whazzat?" Swift and Kool on our bonus walk

Monday, October 7, 2013

I Hate Running

Well, I didn't do too well with my new Pooch to 5K program. The first day was a little bit rainy, but I went anyway. I made sure to walk the dogs for a bit so they could do their business before we began to run jog. It was absolutely miserable. I got through the whole 30 minutes, though. The boys did pretty well, too. Kool, as always, trailed behind, and Swift pulled in front. Swift just had a blast when I had my running intervals. I could tell he was loving the running. I got back to the house, collapsed on the couch, and posted on Facebook, "Well, that was just horrible." And it was.

But I did it again Thursday, 3 days later. It actually seemed a bit easier, but the dogs didn't do as well. Kool kept tangling his leash around me, and Swift decided to pop a squat and go poo in the middle of our session - even though he had just gone not 20 minutes before! I noticed the running sessions were easier this time, so I was pretty motivated.

But then Saturday came. And I was extremely busy. I had plans Saturday night, and I waited too long to do my program. By the time I got around to it, it was pretty hot outside. I don't do well in the heat anyway, so I decided I would "postpone" my run until Sunday. But then I had church Sunday. And plans Sunday night. So I missed my 3rd session of Week 1.

"That's okay, Amy," I said. "You can just start over and do Week 1 again! It'll be super easy this time." But then Monday came around again, and I didn't want to do it. So I didn't. Then the week drug on, and I was disappointed in myself. But I said, "That's okay, Amy. You can just start again on Monday!" But then Monday came AGAIN (funny how that works), and I. Just. Did. Not. Want. To. Do. It.

I think I got overwhelmed trying to go from not doing anything to working this program 3 times a week. I'm going to make it fit my life. I'm going to change it up a bit. I'm only going to do it twice a week, but I'm going to take twice as long, and do each week two times. I know 18 weeks sounds like a long time (the program is designed to be 9 weeks), but I know myself. 3 times a week is not going to work for me. If I can get out and do it 2 times a week, that's better than 0 times a week.

Wish us luck again!

Since this is supposed to be a dog blog, here are pictures of the boys.

What do you think Swift is saying?

Proceed to make fun of Kool's teeth. I do.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pooch to 5K (aka My Version of C25K)

I know, I know. It's been a while since I've posted. I apologize. Let's get over it. :)

I've been trying to lose weight for a while now, and I know that I need to exercise more. The boys also need more exercise, so I decided to include them in my new journey. A friend of mine is a new runner, and she started a blog about her experiences. She mentioned C25K. I had no idea what that was, so I Googled it. (What else do you do when you don't know what something is?)

C25K stands for Couch 2 5K, and it is a running program designed to get your butt off your couch and running a 5K with no stopping within 9 weeks. There are variations to the regular program, and one of them is called Pooch 2 5K! This program varies slightly and is 12 weeks long instead of 9.

I decided to start my Pooch 2 5K program, but I was a little worried about the timing of it. The first week, you're supposed to warm up with a 5-minute walk, then alternate running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds (for a total of 20 minutes), then cool down with another 5-minute walk. I looked into different apps for my phone but they costs money. Granted, they were only a $1.99, but what if it didn't work? What if I didn't like the app? What if I decided to stop my program? Anyway, I found some free podcasts online. You download the mp3 file, and it plays music, with a voice-over telling you when to walk, when to run, etc.

However, the podcasts were only for the regular C25K program. I tried but couldn't find any for the 12-week Pooch 2 5K, so I decided to just go for it, and run with Kool and Swift on the regular C25K 9-week program.

I prepared for my first week by buying fancy-schmancy sneakers, downloading all 9 podcasts, and reading tips and tricks online. We'll let you know how it goes!

My expensive high-quality new running shoes.

P.S. "Running" translates into jogging for me. I don't run. As in, I absolutely HATE to run. But I will jog. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #25

Kool with his head under the couch. There is nothing there. So. Weird.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Idita-Walk 2013

Our friends over at You Did What With Your Weiner? are big into keeping yourself and your dog fit. Jessica also owns two dachshunds, Chester and Gretel, who I've mentioned here before. She is also the creator of The AdventureweinerTM Club.

For the month of January, Jessica created the 30/30 Challenge, which was to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days. I kind of got behind on my blog reading and didn't find out about the challenge until it had already started. Yes, I realize I could have joined in halfway through, but I was too lazy. So when Jessica introduced us to the Idita-Walk, I decided to join in.

The Idita-Walk, according to their website, "is an event to promote physical fitness in the spirit of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race." The goal is to walk a total of 1049 minutes between February 1 and March 31, symbolic of the 1049 miles between Anchorage and Nome, where the Iditarod goes. It's only $10 to participate in the Idita-Walk, and all proceeds will go to the Boy Scouts' Camp Bronson. You also receive a collectible lapel pin.

2013 Idita-Walk Lapel Pin Art

If you decide to join in, please be a part of our team! When you register, put "Dogventurers" as your company name. You can put a copy of the badge that Jessica created on your blog. (She has detailed the code here.) (UPDATE: Jessica did not create the badge. Gizmo's mom of Terrier Torrent did. I apologize for not giving credit correctly.)


You can also create a ticker to detail your progress. I think this is what clinched it for me! I really wanted a ticker on my blog, but I needed a reason for one. What better reason than to participate in a fun walk and get healthy?!

To create your own ticker, visit Choose your background and icon. Set the Unit as Minutes, and put 1049 as your Target. If you want, put a title for your ticker as the Message. Create a pin or password, so you can update your progress. Grab the code to put the ticker on your blog. You'll have to update your ticker manually and put the new code on your blog each time - it won't update automatically.

Jessica will be posting her updates with a linky tool you can connect to at the end of each month. Go visit her blog post for details! I'm excited to do this and hope you'll all join in with us!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #23

"I like to 'hide' on the stairs because I don't want to get in my kennel!"

Hop on over to our host, BlogPaws, to check out the other Wordless Wednesday posts!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Greenlake Walk in Pictures

I must admit these pictures are from a walk from last year. I took a ton of pictures on one of our meetups at Greenlake. Here is just a taste of one of our crazy walks.

Making new friends

Swift and Kool meet a new buddy

Swift knows Jessica's holding out on him...

Chester and Gretel, two of our besties

Swift got distracted...probably by a treat

Surrounded by wieners!

Ardie! One of my favorite wired-hairs

Another gorgeous wired-hair

Two new wired-hairs to our groups

Gorgeous long-hairs

Ardie again

I love dachshunds with beards!

Gretel and Marshall patiently waiting for a treat

Just look at that coat!

I think this is our friend Penny from My Life in Blog Years

Rufus and Porter worn out from the walk,
hanging out on mom's lap (Gretel snuck in there, too!)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #22

Our friend, Porter
Isn't she purty?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bath time!

Apparently Kool decided he wanted a bath, so he jumped in the shower with me one morning!

No, really. He did.

I think he was just really thirsty and the water pooling at the bottom of the tub was just too tempting. It had been pretty cold outside, so we had the heat up higher than usual. I think Kool's little throat was parched from the heater drying out the air. I felt bad he was so thirsty, but I didn't pass up the chance to give him a bath when he so willingly presented the opportunity!

What a weird little goofball.

(I apologize for the foggy quality -
that's what a hot shower does to a camera lens!!)