Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dane or Powerhouse?

Tonight I managed to get home in just enough time to take a quick ride around the neighborhood with Vegas on the bike to enjoy some fresh air and rainless weather. It was definitely needed after a great weekend trialing but not quite enough hard-core activity. Plus, Vegas hasn't been about to do much real activity in over a month now so we haven't been biking. That made for a very energetic doggy. I almost had to laugh at her during the first few blocks, although I didn't because I was too worried about her pulling me over. I was trying to adjust my gears to where I needed them and she was full steam ahead!

If I haven't mentioned it before, Vegas really enjoys biking! I usually try to keep a steady, slower pace for warm-up where she is at a smooth, gaited trot. Today she was ready to go into a full out run without even warming up. In fact, it wasn't until we had gone about a mile that she finally acted like she wanted to trot versus run. This was a really good reminder of how important it is for me to be able to keep up this kind of exercise for her - and me. She really enjoys it and the endurance and cardiac benefit for both of us is helpful for agility, hiking, snowshoeing, and any number of other activities we enjoy. The weather is supposed to hold for the next couple of days so I'm going to try to get out as much as possible and start building us back up again. And the extra added benefit is having a super tired dog when I need to get other things done that are more "quiet time" activities.

1 comment:

  1. Skipping any of the regular hikes or runs with The Herd always results in destruct-o-pups, so I know better with that crew.