Last week Mama took us hiking as part of our K9 Kamp Challenge.
We had great fun romping through the forest, running after critters and generally running amok. Mama thinks that she could have done more to prepare for hiking with dogs, but I think the whole trip went smashingly. I tell you guys, that Lu is a card. You would think he’s never see the great outdoors. He was so woofing excited to be out there, to find the ground by the lake littered with delicious, delicious Goose-made snacks that must have made the Mama jealous, as she kept calling the sh*t. (*sigh* Sometimes it’s hard to have a Mama so insecure about the quality of her own treats that she can’t enjoy other people’s snacks too.) While us dogs were wholly immersed in the wonder and beauty of nature, the vastness of the Canadian rain forest and the delight of chasing woodland creatures, Mama had her nose glued to her phone looking for lost treasure or something like that. I tried to tell her that the top of a mountain, several hours inland seemed like an odd and totally inconvenient place for a pirate to hide his riches, but she foolishly persisted on. Sometimes you just have to let the humans learn for themselves that their plans are as full of holes as Swiss cheese.
As fun as hiking was, I was more than a little concerned.
You see, I’m a trim little guy. Mama jokes about “Roly Poly Koly” and how I used to have a puggle butt, but these days I’m looking quite lean and fit, thanks to Mama and her wretched canine fitness routine. She’s the worst! She watches what we eat to make sure we aren’t getting too many calories. She makes us work to burn off the calories in our treats. She rations the snacks Nana and Daddy can give us. I tell you pups, it’s like living in a Communist nation.
Knowing that I was already getting just enough calories to keep me looking like a canine Brad Pitt, I was super concerned that the Mama was going to make me hike for a few hours. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY CALORIES A GOOD HIKE CAN BURN? Holy woof you guys, if I wasn’t careful, I would waste away to nothing. I’d be a bone rack and not the good Jones Natural Chew bones. The bad, “Hey Lady, why is your dog so skinny. Don’t you feed him” kind of bones.
What do you do when your human needs more exercise, but the dog is just about perfect?
Some humans would just forget about the dog and hit the human hamster wheel. I ascede that this solution would work, though from the dog’s eye view, it’s possibly the crappiest solution ever. Um, Mama? There is no way I want to sit at home, bored as woof, while you huff and puff on an imaginary walk or run. I don’t get why humans lock themselves inside to exercise when they could be enjoying the great outdoors and bonding with their pooches. After all, K9 Kamp isn’t just about fighting canine obesity, it’s about getting fit with your pet and helping your pet maintain a healthy weight.That means means not letting them gain a bunch of weight and not letting them get too thin. It’s all about balance.
Honey and Pamela at Something Wagging have another great solution: they’re looking for great K9 Kamp activities that make Pamela work her butt off (literally), but where Honey gets to come along as a passenger. Last week they went kayaking. Have you ever seen anything as cute as Honey in a kayak?! I’ve heard rumours about some long bike rides with Honey in her doggy cart too. These are great ways to push the humans fitness level, even if the dog doesn’t need more exercise.
Here at Casa de Kolchak, we’re trying a different solution.
Holy woof you guys. I LOVE IT. Do you know what the Mama’s solution is? Do ya? Do ya? Do ya?
Mama used the SlimDoggy App to estimate how many calories I was burning between playing with Lu and going on our big hike. (If you don’t have an Apple piePhone, try using the SlimDoggy widget on our K9 Kamp page to calculate how many calories your dog burns on a regular day and on a day when they have some high intensity exercise.) This app can be my best friend, since it told the Mama that I earned an extra 248 calories on our hike! Woot woot! Mama – can I have bacon? CAN I? (Mama’s note: Woof no. While Kol had more than enough calories to justify it, I worry about the high fat content and the possibility of pancreatitis.) Mama was hoarding the bacon like there was a shortage or something. She’s quite the hog sometimes. (Get it?? Get it?!) I did, however get an extra helping at dinner and extra treats. Mama says that when you’re increasing the calories your dog gets due to exercise, it’s always smart to provide good, wholesome calories, like more of your regular food, instead of piling on the calories with junk food and snacks. Your dog can use the extra protein and nutrition to feed their muscles and it will help them to grow stronger and fitter.
What kind of exercise have you been doing for K9 Kamp? Have you had to reduce or increase your dog’s calories?
Don’t forget! If you’re kamping along with us, you should head over to our K9 Kamp page and enter to win our great prize package worth more than $200!