Mention “Scooby-Doo” to any 80s child and they will be hard pressed to not start humming the theme song to the cartoon centered around a brown talking dog motivated by “Scooby snacks.” If Scooby wasn’t enough entertainment, consider Snoopy, Odie, Droopy, Goofy, Muttley, Pluto, Brian Griffin, Deputy Dawg, Pongo, Huckleberry Hound, Mr. Peabody, Spunky, Spike and a host of others.
If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “most dogs look like their owners,” then you might just agree that humans tend to make their pets the center of the universe. This blog alone has at least one guest appearance from my friendly fur ball named Cookie.
She recently took on a new, more suitable name, “Fatso Cookie.” It seems like just yesterday she was running 3-4 miles per day and could easily keep up on a six mile mountain trail trot. Now, she’s scared of the winter weather and her main running buddy (yours truly) is halfway around the globe for 6 months. She’s struggling to tiptoe a single mile. C’mon dog!
My question to you is this, “how healthy is your dog?” I’m learning that dogs make great “mirrors” in more ways than one. They might look like you sure, but why not dig a little deeper? (Just not in my backyard you mangy mutt!) Dogs are likely to reflect our own health. If you run, your dog runs. If you hike, your dog hikes. If you go to dog parks, I’m sure you let your pup accompany you (so you don’t look so strange.)
THE CHALLENGE: If your dog is 15 years old, you get a free pass today. Otherwise, assess its level of activity. If healthy – great! Keep up the good work. If you’re like me, you have some employment ahead of you. Perhaps it’s time to cool it on the Scooby snacks. Oreo cookies aren’t good for dogs, and they’re not good for you either. Put down the chocolate truffle cheesecake and grab a leash. Get off the couch and go play fetch. When you throw a ball, race your dog – it’s a lot more fun, and you’ll both get in shape. Perhaps try setting a goal to get your dog to run a mile, then two, then three, etc. Who knows, maybe taking the pressure off of your own performance and projecting it onto your four-legged friend will work wonders. You can even be like Scooby and pretend you’re running from a ghost.