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Irondog Triathlon Training

American Bully dog sitting at his fenceOkay I REALLY don’t have all this extra time but I thought this little spoof video on the “Ironman Triathlon” as “IronDOG Triathlon” could potentially be used to inspire people a bit. https://youtu.be/uJRBoj5LcYM

How you ask?

Well, because of King I have had to REALLY get out of my comfort zone again. I used to run 5-6 miles per day for years. But after we moved out here to the high desert and I left the park where I ran with others, and Shadrach was getting old and slowing WAY down, it was easy for me to slip into a “lazy” run daily. About a 1/3 of my original run.

But then Meshach came along and well I had to start taking him for walk/runs twice a day. Then I decided well we’d just have play dates for him with neighbor dogs for the “second” workout of the day…while I stood watch. Notice I said, “stood“. Then, sadly, Meshach’s seizures began and he would overheat easily as his blood pressure would skyrocket during a seizure. So the play dates had to be with those who were out early in the morning since by now it was late spring (which means HOT in NM). We only have one friend who does that so Meshach’s play dates were once a week instead of about 5 days per week. I had to find a way to keep Meshach in shape and so I began taking him on those long walks through the natural arroyos and hills out here. He would run and zoom all over the place but always stayed close and he never ventured toward the dirt roads either. That’s because I taught him about that when he was still little…and stayed consistent with it.

So Meshach got his needed exercise and in the late evenings (summer) we’d go play ball and frisbee with him which he loved. After we had to put him down, we went five long months just walking those lonely hills without our boy.

We slowed down in the walk. We took our time. About four months later, we decided we needed to walk our neighbor’s dog, Stella – she has another dog living with her now and so she is no longer alone. THAT was the catalyst to ME getting back into shape as it was more of a run/sprint/jog than a walk with Stella lol.

Then enter King. He is not good off-leash as Meshach was so I can’t let him go off-lead. BUT he is VERY high energy, so what to do? You guessed, I had to get my behind in gear. So I began running with him through those hills. The 50 minute or hour long walk has now become a 35 minute RUN! I run with hiking boots on through mostly sand with King. The first half is all uphill and the second half is all downhill. But ALL of it is in sand.

The Giddy Game involves ME having to play, run, hide, etc. now. ALL of King’s activities require my involvement. When I filmed him in the pool I was in a bathing suit getting fresh air and sunshine myself.

I have definitely dropped weight and gotten back into running shape. I am running faster than I have in years. I have weight lifted for years and also done pilates for the last four years. So you see, my dogs help motivate ME to be in and stay in shape. I have always exercised all my life, but my dogs motivate me to be better. They motivate me to rise above my limitations and improve.

If you aren’t doing likewise, I hope this will encourage you to give it a go. And if you are, I hope you will share your comments here on how your dogs help you be the best you, you can be!

Until next time…

Have a pawsitively, tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!

 

 

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Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast. Dr. Kim offers Animal Naturopathy Mentoring and Courses. Subscribe to her DOGgone Newsletter for updates. Copyright ©2005-2024 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article. The only essential oils referenced on this website are Young Living.

The “Giddy” Game

American Bully dog playing tuggieOkay this is going to probably seem REAL corny to most of you. When I watch the video I know it’s corny lol, but it’s also a lot of FUN! King and I play this game every single day – the Giddy Game is what I call it.

What is interesting is how it evolved over time from us playing tuggie to me making that goofy, “giddy, giddy, giddy” sound while he runs back and forth with the tuggie ring in his mouth. Read more“The “Giddy” Game”

The Day I Met My Forever Humans

This post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy.

This is my NEW story. I am a Zona/SisCo Dane pup. I live now in Chez Bloomer with my forever humans. In this video is when my two human Moms met in person, then when I met my new Mom & Dad. Then me and all my siblings invaded the place, woof! And then we all ate – and my siblings were also giving my Mom kisses. I was being aloof hehe – playin’ hard to get.

Then they all left – only I didn’t know it bepaws they took me in the house when all my siblings were being loaded back into the SUV. Then my first Mom, Barbie, and my grandmom Terry said goodbye. My new Mom and Dad took me in the backyard and that is when I got my swimming pool bath. And as you will see at the end I was definitely checking everything out all while planning my escape by to my sibs and first humans.

I adapted though. We dogs are great at doing that, especially if we are loved and cared for, woof!

My siblings and I are all naturally reared, raw fed pups, woof!

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATURALLY healthy day, woof!

Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast. Copyright 2005- 2023 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of any possible products discussed in this article. The only essential oils referenced on this website are Young Living. 

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My First Bath

This post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy.

This video is from my first day, August 7th, with my new human family. My first human Mom, Barbie Barrett of Zona Danes, and my grandma Terry, traveled with me and all my siblings from Arizona where I was born and grew up, to Oklahoma – home of my canine mom Marlo. One of my sister’s stayed in OK with our SisCo Danes family. And then I got dropped off in NM with my forever humans.

Needless to say I had some road travel grime on me and so my new human Mom decided to test me in FOUR of the laws of health:

1. Fresh air – we were outside after all and I was breathing it in fast bepaws I was a little nervous since I didn’t know them yet but Mom kept on talking to me so it was okay. She also wrapped me in a towel afterwards and laid down with me in my dog couch, woof!

2. Sunshine – as you can see it was in full shine as it most often is in NM.

3. Pure water – my pool has no chemicals in it and it is pure water sans chlorine and fluoride, YIPPEE!

4. Trust – trust in the principles of naturopathy, trust in the laws of health, and learning to trust my new humans and build relationship, woof!

Even better news to MOI is that we naturally reared, raw-fed dogs RARELY need to have a bath bepaws quite frankly we do not smell or stink as a general rule. I am so relieved to know this, woof!

As you can see, no animals were harmed in the filming of this video, woof! Um I just got wet hehe.

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATURALLY healthy day, woof!

 

 

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Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast. Dr. Kim offers Animal Naturopathy Mentoring and Courses. Subscribe to her DOGgone Newsletter for updates. Copyright ©2005-2024 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article. The only essential oils referenced on this website are Young Living.

My Big Boy Walk

This post was written in “first dog” by Meshach the Great Dane puppy.

I’m practicing the laws of health, woof! I go for my Big Boy Walk everyday. Exercise is one of the eight laws of health and fresh air is another. So whenever I go for my walk I am practicing at least two of the eight laws of health!

Mom and Dad take me in the early morning between 6AM and 6:30AM bepaws even though summer is winding down in our neck of the woods, it is still too hot for us dogs to be out in the heat of the day.

Mom says she sees humans taking their poor dogs out for walks and even running them in the heat of the day – poor dogs! I’m glad my humans are aware that I need to be out in the cool of the morning.

Well that’s all for today humans, I’ll be back soon bepaws Mom keeps taking LOTS of photos and videos, woof!

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATURALLY healthy day, woof!

 

 

DISCLAIMER – PLEASE READ

Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast. Dr. Kim offers Animal Naturopathy Mentoring and Courses. Subscribe to her DOGgone Newsletter for updates. Copyright ©2005-2024 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article. The only essential oils referenced on this website are Young Living.