Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rock And Rolling On.....

May 31, 2015-

The AMC of NY, recommends Rock It, we just extended the name of the exercise! What you will need are your dog, you, and a bosu- or something you can rock back and forth. Something like a rocking chair, air mattress, couch cushion, or anything you can rock back and forth.

Here is what you do:
Stand your dog on the chosen "rocker" and slowly rock the dog and "rocker" back and forth.
The dog will automatically shift it's weight to maintain balance with every motion!

Once again you can do the same, the investment of a Bosu ball could only benefit both you and your dog and can help with your new found love PUPILATES! We'll talk more about this in the blogs to come in the up and coming weeks and months!

Can you believe May is at it's end today, tomorrow is June 1st and we are getting closer to the start of our new training program, are you getting ready?......We are, we are well rested from our marathon and this week we make sure that we are WELL rested and ready to start training for a great race ahead! We got to talk to the wonderful people at the NYC Tri team, Korff Enterprises, I hope I spelled that right. They are so great Jacquelyn, Linsey and the team are getting things ready and are getting so excited! As are we!....They are taking care of the behind the scenes stuff and have so much to do, having volunteered years ago, Pam got to know some of what went on behind the scenes and she has to say it takes a lot of organization! Skyler and Pam really took everything seriously and put their best paw/ foot forward and I shall do the same!

Ok, so more tomorrow, THANK YOU to the NYC TRI TEAM!
Have a tail waggin' day!
Scout

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Three Legged Dog

May 30, 2015-

Today is a really quick blog......hope you get a lot out of it though!

The AMC recommends an exercise that we shall call "the Three Legged Dog".......

Basically your human is taking one of your legs (yes, one at a time!) and lifting it up and either forward (for front legs) or backwards (for rear legs). Up and in one direction! The grip should be light, so that we are not relying on our humans grip for support.

This exercise helps to improve our weight bearing and strength!

Our human companions can do the same as well of course it will take less time because they only have two legs......we can help by walking underneath them and bring their leg back or forward.....in fact, we can have our humans bring their leg forward- STOP and rest- and then bring their leg back! This will help our companions with weight bearing and strength as well!

Our team is getting stronger!

Until tomorrow,
Have a tail waggin' day,
Scout

Friday, May 29, 2015

Being Athletically Inclined!




May 29, 2015-

Can you believe it May is almost over! Time moves fast....We've have been thinking of this the last 24 hours, as a close family friend and her family has been going through a lot with her health. We wish her the best and hope she is ok today! We do not want anything to happen to her as she really means so much to so many including us.......
Our friend Buddy, is her four legged companion and is hoping for his best friends recovery today as well.......Until she is ok, he will be holding on to his security leash!

Moving on to the exercise of the day that the AMC has suggested for our dogs. They suggest that our dogs become athletically inclined.

What you need is you, your dog (a spotter or coach dog is always a plus! Way to go Skyler!) And of course a physioball or Swissball! Basically you will get your dog to put their front paws onto the ball which in turn will strengthen their hind legs, next you will get their hind legs up on the ball strengthening their front legs. Always have one hand on the ball to hold it steady and/ or one on your dog!

Tip: You can use a treat to get your dog up on the ball whether that treat is a food treat or a favorite toy is up to you. If a treat is a kiss or a scratch on the head even better! Always make sure your dog is comfortable doing any exercise and that your dog trusts you, or you will never get your dog up on the ball!

You should repeat this exercise several times and equally on the front and hind limbs! Your dog is building their strength keep up the good work together.  You can also do the same for yourself  for these exercises and get similar results!

Ok, until tomorrows blog,
have a tail waggin' day,
Scout


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Paws Up!

May 28,2015-

So today we will be talking about an exercise that is easy to teach and rewarding for your canine companion as well. Wait, it can be impressive for a lot of 2 legged pals of yours out there!

Most dogs will automatically give you their paw if they want that treat your holding onto!....They will try to tell you HEY, that is now mine!......

But we're taking this to a new level! We will be taking this natural task of our dogs and making it a welcomed trick! And hopefully only have them do it on command! Here's what to do: (of course, as with anything there are dozens of ways to train any specific command, but here's how Pam has done it with all of us!)

1- Have your dog sit in front of you, and face you! Easy right?!?!??! This is of course easy as long as  you can get your dog to sit nicely!

2- Next you should have a treat ready and be holding it in your hand, this can be a food treat or even a toy, whatever your dog seems interested in at the time! Is your dog interested?!?!?!? Yes, good! No- go find something else your dog would want at this time- it could also be his or her leash!.......Yes, your dog may want to "Get their Leash On!"

3- Now, offer your dog the treat, but before your dog receives the treat, make sure they give you their paw, you may have to go down and grab (gently of course) their paw while saying "Paw" or "High Five" or "Shake" .......oh yeah make sure you say the same thing every time so your dog equates the command with that specific action!

4- Once their paw is in your hand you should IMMEDIATELY give the treat to your dog and verbally reward your dog, saying "Good Dog, or Good (insert dog's name)...... etc......

5- This as with any command  can take time to teach BUT the greater the reward for your dog, the more willing they will be to accomplish the task!

Okay, now that we know how to teach the command, here is the benefit for your dog:
By reaching their paws up, by the way you should do this at least 2-3 times on each side- yes, we have paws on the right and left! By doing this our dogs are exercising their shoulders, front legs, and elbows!

The benefit for our 2 legged companions is that they get to show off the trick they just taught us and get to show off the politeness of their 4 legged pals! And at the end of the Doggy Dash participants can give each other a HIGH FIVE for a great race!

Ok, so that was more about the Exercise of the day brought to you first by the AMC in NYC, and continued here on my blog! Hope you enjoyed it......now go GET YOUR LEASH ON! and then after your workout you too can High Five each other for a job well done!

Until tomorrow,
have a tail waggin' day,
Scout

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Butt Scratch Dance

May 27, 2015-

Today we're talking about the HAPPY BUTT SCRATCH DANCE! The Animal Medical Center suggests an exercise which we kinda do already do....it is effective and who would have guessed that is so useful to us! And hey it is something that we kinda started with our human companions. Yes, we bring it on.....we back up or rub up against our human friends and get their hands scratching our butts!We know what's best for us and we get it!

It's simple and easy and we can get anyone to help us with it! And yes there is a bonus which I will get to in a moment!

Here's all you need to do:
Get your human to scratch the rear end of your body,  just backup or slide next to your human of choice and rub up against them and if you can grab their hand if not they will usually just move their hand over your back and start scratching your back, just move your body so their hand is scratching your butt (do not worry humans you are scratching your dogs back but the lower portion!)

From this action most dogs will dance side to side to get the full scratch all over and shift their weight from side to side therefore strengthening their muscles! And bonus: Touch also serves to soothe a mildly upset or anxious canine.  However, be cautious: It has little impact — and may cause further anxiety — if your dog is overly stressed.

Oh bonus- this is great for humans as well. Touch between a human and a dog can have therapeutic benefits for both species. In humans, petting a dog can trigger the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin.  Feeling that fur can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

So go do the Happy Butt Dance with your human companion today and get healthy!

Until tomorrow,
have a happy butt dancing tail waggin day,
Scout


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

First day of new training/ part one......

May 27, 2015-

For the next week I get to take it easy- yuck! I just want to run......
Anyway,  today I got to assist Pam while she did her core workout!

Ok, for the next few days we will attempt to discuss some recommended exercises for dogs and running. These are recommended by the AMC- Animal Medical Center in NYC. There are 10 recommended exercises- we will break things down in detail for us as well as you to understand more about why it would be recommended.

Ok, here we go.....
The first exercise is Downhill Walking. This should be done slow and controlled. Walking on hills is great to strengthen your dogs hind limbs. When walking uphill, the majority of your dogs weight is shifted to it's rear legs. Therefore strengthening it's hind legs and back. Walking uphill also improves hip and knee extension. WAIT-what goes up must come down right?!?!?!

Whereas walking downhill, is more difficult because it requires more flexion/extension of the hip, knee, and hock joint. Which is very beneficial. Hill grade is important but any hill or slope will do and should be used with caution.

The benefits of SLOW CONTROLLED HILL WALKING are:
- encouraging use of affected muscles
-decreases disuse/ muscle atrophy
- increases strength
- rebuilds lost muscle mass
- improves range of motion

With any exercise keep an eye on your dog and look for any discomfort, and remember to start out with shorter hills and/ or less steep hills at first and work your way up to high hills!

To start controlled hill walking you should use a short leash.....and proceed slowly up the hill. Observing your dog closely. Normal, even strides are what we are looking for here! The slower you walk the more properly your dog will proceed. Do the same going downhill. The key word here is CONTROLLED!

We will be showing some videos of these exercises over the next few weeks as we practice these exercises......so stay tuned.....

Ok, until tomorrow,
have a tail waggin' day,
Scout

Monday, May 25, 2015

more on training.....

May 25, 2015-

So for the next 6 actually 7 weeks, we will be adding an abs routine into the mix.....starting tomorrow that is.....We had to take today off and REST!

Anyway tomorrow we will start the day out with this routine:

traditional crunches 15 reps
bent leg knee raise 15 reps
oblique v-up 10 each side
bridge 2 reps
back extension 15 reps
squat 12 reps
bench press 10 reps
pulldown 10 reps
military press 10 reps
upright row 10 reps
triceps pushdown 12 reps
leg extension 12 reps
biceps curl 10 reps
leg curl 12 reps

Then we will continue to plant some plants in our garden. Such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, beans, and swiss chard. And hopefully we will have a lot of great food to eat this summer, maybe into the fall! YUM!!

We will be planting organic, NON GMO plants and all! Skyler insisted on it! And so do I, and Sandy!

Check out her blog tomorrow for some photos and videos of the whole planting adventure!
We hope you decide to plant your own garden along with us- and choose to go organic!

Until tomorrow,
have a tail waggin' day!,
Scout

Sunday, May 24, 2015

More training......

May 25, 2015-

, Okay, so we have decided on a new training plan for the upcoming 5 mile NYC AMC Doggy Dash coming up. There is so much more training for me other than just making sure that we can cover the distance and in a good time for both of us.....we will be covering how we go about the other training as well during the course of the next few weeks. Our official training will begin on June 7, 2015. It is a 6 week training program and we hope you join along with us!.....In the next week, Pam will be getting a NEW pair of sneakers and retiring her old ones! (I think she should get two new pairs so that she can switch from day to day and not wear the same pair everyday. It helps......Our longest training run will be 7 miles.......and with a little rest and recovery this week we will be ready to run for our training program.


Since we will be running in Central Park, we will need to be able to run the hills. So there is a 5 mile course that is similar to the hills in Central Park right in my hometown. We will be doing hill repeats. (Although yesterday's marathon was a lot of hills, we do need to train on the hills to better equip our bodies to run them come July. We will also be heading into the city during our training to simulate race day even more, to get the whole experience of the hills and all the distractions the city has to offer.

Which brings me to another part of my training, I am a dog that loves to say hello to ALL around me, be it wildlife, other dogs, that tree I just oh wait a second- passed!, or that person- who may or may not need a little doggy kiss! (Wait, Pam we need to stop so I can give some doggy loo.vv.eeeeee- darn it!)

Pam and I need to be able to run the course safely so I can run alongside Pam properly and not run off to the side so much so as my leash is interfering with other runners!......Although during the last turkey trot, there were a lot of people and small paved walkways that called for me to be extremely careful too! And I was respectful of other runners then, I believe that the Doggy Dash course will be less crowded BUT the triathletes that we will be running with will be more tired and I need to respect that. Skyler told me all about her experiences doing this race and how she ran close to Pam! I will do my best to make her proud of me!

This week besides resting from running after our marathon.....Pam will be doing some other forms of exercise, I will make sure of it......she needs to add more consistent exercises everyday, or every other day at least to work on other muscles than her running muscles. Skyler told me it was up to her, Sandy, and Candycane before now I am added to the bunch!

So I think some situps this week are mandatory......and some planks as well......and crunches.......We will be devising a complete plan tomorrow (as well as starting on it). In order to run a good race (racing with ourselves first and foremost) we need to work on our core and make it as strong as possible! This is also help prevent injuries as well! Afterall everything is connected to everything!

We also want to start a virtual run, where we will help Kent Animal Shelter raise money and help us promote the idea and activity of running with your 4 legged companion! (Or two legged if I am talking to the 4 legged companion here!) We will be setting this up over the next week or two! In the meantime, it is EARLY in the morning  and I mean 1:30am so I am going to take a break now and get some SLEEP, gotta Sleep ( I will not say run  now as I did that yesterday! LOL!)......

Until tomorrow,
Have a great slumber,
Scout

Maratthon Day.......

May 24, 2015-

Today  I completed my first Marathon! Yippee! We started off at 5 am this morning.....by 11am we had finished.......we had several water stops along the way, I had several bathroom breaks as well, which took a little longer because Pam had to take out a poop bag and pick up after me! Then we saw a bat lying on the ground that had passed away, we saw rabbits, squirrels, chickens, horses, goats, and a prarie dog!

Okay for some reason I am tired so I am going to get that much needed sleep.....I do want to remember the service of my 2 legged pal/ companion Pam as she is a veteran of the US military on this Memorial Day weekend. And thank you to all her friends that served with her and all our veterans past and present and future!

Oh Pam and I will be starting out training for our 5 mile doggy dash soon, so stay tuned.....we hope to interview other runners/ participants of this race in the up and coming race as well......and add more to our blogs!

Until tomorrow,
Scout

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Early Blog......

May 23, 2015-

Okay so tomorrow is the big day that we've been training for......Today we have a quick very easy 2 mile run to help us stay loose for tomorrow.

We will try our best to post to Facebook every few miles to show where we are and how we are doing....this will of course take a few minutes and add it to our finishing time, so once again we are not running this for a time. We are running for the dogs and cats of Kent Animal Shelter first and foremost. And of course to promote the art of "getting your leash on"!

It will be an early rise and start....but Pam and I will be running our 2 mile, carbing up.....hydrating and getting ready for tomorrow today, and then heading out for our journey!.....We hope that you get to come out and cheer us on tomorrow, if not you can cheer us on on Facebook, Path, and Twitter......

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Until tomorrow,
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Our last rest day is tomorrow, with a partial rest on Saturday.....Gotta go get some sleep now, check in tomorrow with us!
 
 
Alright so I am going to go get ready for my day and for tomorrow, keep up with us tomorrow- oh yeah, the posts may not come until after the halfway point as we will be trying to avoid as much traffic as possible.....so we will post the beginning of our journey then do not be surprised if we do not post until after 12 or 13 miles! BUT we will keep you in the loop tomorrow......so tune into to Facebook......ok?!?!??!

Scout

May 22 Blog

May 22, 2015-


As we trained today, a few short days to the marathon, I really took advantage of the REST day.....can you tell?!??!?! So here I am RESTING up for Sunday morning......tomorrow we will take a little stroll- a quick 2 miles just to keep loose and ready for our LONGEST run of 16 weeks of training! Do I look well rested?!?!??!

We did have a guest today as well......who ran around outside with me a little bit, although I came in and rested more than Buddy, I think he rested outside while I was in though. BUT I needed to rest more than he did!.....
 

Can you tell Buddy just came from getting groomed......he looks good BUT Pam says his tail looks like a long poodle tail....who would trim a Golden's tails like that?.... and yes Buddy was actually retrieving today so I guess he does get the RETRIEVER part of his breed afterall- Way to go Buddy!


Until tomorrow,
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Our last rest day is tomorrow, with a partial rest on Saturday.....Gotta go get some sleep now, check in tomorrow with us!
 
Scout




 
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last run before the marathon.....marathon distance........

May 21, 2015-


Today we did our last run before the marathon, technically we do have a 2 mile run on Saturday BUT that is just to keep the legs lose and all so today's 5 mile run is kinda our last run beforehand in our minds......

Today we drove the course after our run, ok Pam drove it, we double checked the distance and from door to door the distance is EXACTLY 26.2 miles. Yes, from the door to our house to the door at Kent Animal Shelter it is exactly 26.2 miles, what are the odds of that?!?!?!?

We are running Smithtown By Pass to Middle Country Rd to Edwards Ave to River Road.
Interesting enough the marathon distance was first: The legend of Pheidippides was honored by a 24.85 mile (40,000 meters) run from Marathon Bridge to Olympic stadium in Athens. Later it was changed at the 1908 Olympic Games in London, the marathon distance was changed to 26.2 miles to cover the ground from Windsor Castle to White City Stadium, with the 2.2 miles added on so the race could finish in front of royal family's viewing box. This added two miles to the course, and is the origin of the Marathon tradition of shouting "God save the Queen!" (or other words relating to the Queen) as mile post 24 is passed. I guess to keep the tradition at 24 miles we should be shouting "God Save the Queen!" or maybe shout something more appropriate to the reasons for our marathon of the day! Maybe the people at Kent will hear our shoutout and know we are coming! Maybe Pam shall shoutout, "Save Kent Animal Shelter" as they are undergoing some trying times with renovations and all!


Until tomorrow,
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Our last rest day is tomorrow, with a partial rest on Saturday.....Gotta go get some sleep now, check in tomorrow with us!
 
Scout

4 more days left......

May 20, 2015-

It was nice to get a good nights sleep last night, the night before Buddy kept crying for his people and home that we didn't get to sleep peacefully throughout the night. We still love Buddy though and we know he has been through a lot emotionally!

Today we ran 4 miles, basically we ran up to the dogpark and back.......we have a few more days to go and then Sunday is the big day!.......We definitely we be getting out sleep days before the marathon......and carbing up on Thursday and Friday, Saturday we will be resting more than anything........running 2 miles just to keep lose and be ready. On Sunday, we will be running not for a time, not to for any conditions we may have put on rhe run. Yes, we will be running for the dogs and cats at Kent Animal Shelter. When you donate through Crowdrise, we personally do not see a dime of that money instead Crowdrise cuts a check to Kent Animal Shelter. We like it that way! So for this fundraiser there are only a few days left. We do have another fundraiser in mind, that can and will be a lot of fun for ALL involved. Once again our mission as Six Legged Companion Coaches is to have everyone Get Their Leash On with their companion and get happy and healthy! We will talk more about the fundraiser as time goes on........the details will be worked out in the next few days, most likely on Monday May 25, 2015.

Okay, so we will be running as we said for the dogs and cats at Kent, we will be running with Skyler in our hearts, we will be running for our dog loving friend Rivkah- she will be keeping us hydrated throughout (right Rivkah.......keep telling your body this through the day!).......We will also be running for Dad as well as Rivkah, as it happens to be their birthdays! We will be running for Sandy, Candycane, Benji, and Buddy with them in our hearts as we run as well!.......We hope Buddy comes and checks on us during our run with his two legged companion. We hope to do several photo ops and post them directly to Facebook.......during our run! We will test it out during our run today, Pam usually just keeps running though and says we'll do this later and she never gets to it!....It may take a few minutes for each stop BUT we are willing to take the time as we are not timing the run, we are going to enjoy every step!

Ok, more in tomorrow's blog!...
Until tomorrow,
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Last "long" run before......

May 19, 2015-

Today we ran our last "long"run before our marathon......with only a few days to go before the big day, we are taking it easy from this point on.......

Although after our run today of 10 miles, Pam and I went on 1 mile walk with Buddy around the block, then we came home and got Benji while Buddy hung out in the backyard. And then we walked around the block again with Benji, yes another mile! In total we covered 12 miles! Pam went back home with Buddy and added one more mile shortly afterwards to bring her total up to 13 miles! (She should have brought me along I could have gone for the extra mile!)

Anyway, here are some more photos of Buddy....they are quick photos of him taken just before he went home, (I'll include one of me "escaping" as well!)


Buddy with his "security" leash....what can we say he likes to be ready to get his leash on!

Buddy found a spot to call his own in my backyard!

Time for a closeup!
 

Gotta have some hunting time- ssshh....I'm hunting rabbits!

Yes, this is me escaping! (After 12 miles, who needs to RUN away?!?!??!....That's what Skyler once told me!)


 Until tomorrow,
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!

You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our last week of our training.....

May 18, 2015-


Today was a big day.....We ran our 5 miles of course.......and we stopped at the bagel store (I had a bagel and two rolls), then we headed over to the vet's we didn't go in but I said hello and we ran on over to the dogpark, where I met another friend named Oscar! He was FULL of energy, so I ran around with him for a few minutes. Then we went on through to the other side and continued through the trails. Nothing out of the ordinary yet......right?!?!?!?

Just after noon time, though, a friend that I had joined on walks came over to visit over night.....his name in Buddy, he is a Golden Retriever. (I have to admit, he knows the GOLDEN part of his breed BUT when it comes to retrieving no way, Pam through the ball in the backyard......he went after it but he came back without it!......He found a spot in the backyard to call his own, we think he lies next to the truck because it reminds him of his best friends van.......

He went next door to say Hi! and when he walked outside, he took his leash in his mouth,  and walked along the pathway over to the gate and went directly to his spot. He went back next door to eat and have his medication, and say Hi later.



Tomorrow we will get some more photos and videos of our dear sweet new friend named Buddy, but until now he will sleep next to us and he will be upset because he is missing his home and family. I will along with Sandy and Candycane and Benji give him kisses and company to get him through the next few hours.......We will go on a walk after our run tomorrow......He does like our walks of course. And of course, like every dog that comes around here, he has enjoyed taste of our Vegan dog food......Pam had to take the food and put it up high out of his reach, as he has his specific dietary needs! Buddy will keep his security leash in his mouth until he is home and with his best friend tomorrow. And he will be missed by our pack!

Until tomorrow,
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout

Sunday, May 17, 2015

One more week to go......

May 17, 2015-


As we move into Race week.....we have just 7 days left to our training and marathon day! Although we have decided not to race our marathon but to enjoy every step along our journey, we are going to leave you with some details today for the (drumroll please) the big day.......

We will be leaving the house early on Sunday morning (May 24th and starting towards Smithtown By Pass, and travel east bound towards Middle Country Rd), we will be leaving as early as possible for several reasons.....first to avoid as much traffic as possible, second to avoid any rise in temperature for as much as our run as possible.....we will have water for both of us on Pam (she has a hydration belt that we share from)........We will give Mom a pack with stuff in case of an emergency, which Mom will have with her as she checks in with us, including water and paw protection wax, and possibly any bagels for me and bananas for Pam!.......We will bring a few dollars for emergency purchases of water or stuff from Petco or other places along our route (if they happen to be open). And of course, Pam will have enough doggy poop bags to pickup after me (this is something she makes sure of, as she expects others to do the same and doesn't want to be a hypocrite).......

She promises to let me stop and have some sniff time to let me be the HOUND dog that I am......I hope I can last 10-12 miles without stopping to sniff to much!.......We will be passing by so many sites, and I hope Pam and I will stop for some photo ops along the way!

We will make a right on Wading River Manor Road eventually......and whew almost done! Oh butnot before we pass by the dogpark along the course, I may just have to bring Pam to the dogpark for a quick visit!

Moving on through our course......We will soon make a left onto Grumman Blvd (not sure why this is called Grumman Blvd, I wonder if Grumman is or was on this street- this is a huge company that manufactured some great things here on Long Island)........This will soon turn into River Road and lead right into Kent Animal Shelter where we will end and meet up with anyone at the shelter (and maybe have a walk through so Scout can see his ole friends in the kennel (if we are able to- depending on the feelings of the kennel workers and staff at the shelter.......).....We will get to meet and greet everyone and say hey, we did our best to keep Kent Animal Shelter in our hearts and mind.

Our main goal of this marathon (or goals) are to encourage people and their dogs to get out there and GET THEIR LEASH ON and get moving together! To raise money for Kent! The wonderful staff at Kent Animal Shelter was so worried about Scout being an escape artist that they stressed the necessity for exercise, I do not think they realized at the time that Pam would run Skyler, Sandy, and Candycane, and now me so much to the point where I was WELL exercised.

I will try to have Pam post photos to where she is on Facebook, so you can follow her at either (thehealthydogrunner or Pamela Schmidlin) there here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/thehealthydogrunner or https://www.facebook.com/pamela.schmidlin......for the photo ops along the way.......hoping every say 6 miles or thereabouts to do photo ops!......I will look up at her with puppy dog eyes to get her to stop for photo ops!.......

Okay so that is the blog for today, I am going to rest up for tomorrow's run and get ready by staying loose and limber for next Sunday!.......Hope you can donate and help Kent Animal Shelter help the other dogs and cats there! (and do not forget to adopt your best friend please do not BUY! Let us adopt you as well, it is a two way relationship you know!)
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Late blog post today......

May 16, 2015-


As they say better late than never, right?!?!?!?
Ok, so we ran 12 miles today, when we started out we had a few drops of rain falling from the sky. Kinda like that of the story Henny Penny, just a few that we were able to count on one hand. BUT with the miles came more rain......and by mile 5 the rain came down and poured on us.

Pam wore her rain jacket because she had a feeling that it was going to rain! I on the other hand got soaking wet and ended up drying off at home. We finished the last two miles by running by the bagel store. There I had 4 bagels. Running 10 miles and then having the bagels, I was able to recarb. So thank you Boulevard Bagels!

Once I had my bagels we ran around to the vet office where I looked in and saw everyone, and then we ran across to the dogpark, straight through without stopping- I guess people were turned off by the rain and stayed home with their dogs. So we continued straight through to the dog trails, about halfway through we had to pass-surprise, surprise.......someone walking their dog, but we kept going!

We ran the last 1.5 miles home at that point and I was able to dry off a little while Pam showered and changed. Then Sandy, Candycane, Pam, and myself went outside to run in the backyard and Scout out the bunnies (don't worry no bunnies where hurt or ever will be!)

Tomorrow we will be getting things ready for our friend, Buddy who will be visiting with us for a day and a half.

Ok, so there you have our run for the day, tomorrow is a rest day BUT there is the race that runs past our house which I will be cheering on........See you tomorrow for my blog then!

Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Daily Blog

May 15, 2015-

Okay, first let me say I missed you yesterday! Pam and I had a long day and went to sleep without doing any blogging......We did run 5 miles yesterday, then walked/ ran 3 miles with Benji! Today however, we ran 4 miles together then came home and got Benji to go out for another 2.5 miles. Both days making two stops at the dogpark. By the way, we had an experience we want to share but Benji will talk more about that in his blog!

Anyhow, we are taking it easy for our last "long" run before our marathon, tomorrow- a 12 mile run!

Okay, with 8 days left of training until the marathon, I hope you decide to support our fundraising efforts and help us help our friends (of the 4 legged kind) at Kent Animal Shelter. I have to mention every donation you make through Crowdrise goes directly to them, we do not see a dime! Whereas when you purchase our book, we will be making the donation by hand. We will literally be writing a check and hand or rather by paw personally!

Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout
 
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The days are drawing nearer.......

May 13,2015-

Today Pam and I ran 7 miles around Nesconset, we stopped briefly at Nesconset Dogpark. I got Pam to shoot a quick video of me running top speed into the park! Watch here:



I gotta ask, do I look excited?!?!? Do I look like I'm happy to be there......I've met up with this pup before......he is very friendly.....most of the dogs that go to the Nesconset Dogpark are!

I always have to say hello to everyone (dog and human alike) at the dogpark. Pam jokes around and says I am very vicious. And that I have to lick everyone to death. She warns people that if they start scratching my behind and they stop suddenly I can howl until they continue to scratch my butt again!

After we finished our 7 mile run, we checked in with Sandy and Candycane, got some water and went next door to get Benji for his walk. Benji took us on a 4 mile walk. We also made a quick pitstop at the dogpark. Yeah, yeah....I got 2 stops at the dogpark again! And yes, we did take the trails to the dogpark!

Just a hint to all you four legged friends out there- have you two legged companions get a good flea and tick prevention for you! I haven't gotten any ticks but our vet has already mentioned two incidents of ticks on her clients- and that was a few weeks ago! Not that it surprised me BUT I had to mention something. Oh also, if you do use the trails or even if your walking on the road, especially here on Long Island, be careful of the poison ivy, it loves this area and literally creeps up everywhere!

 
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout
 
 



 
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Scout's Daily Blog

May 12, 2015-

So yesterday Pam and I took an extra day off, the pollen seemed to get to her a little too much. But today we continued our training. We ran a quick 3.25 miles. basically up to the dogpark and back. Then we came home and picked up Benji and went for a walk/ run where we did half the distance of yesterday's run. We figure with all the walks/ runs with him, we have over the missed mileage of yesterday.

There we met yet another new friend, named Cooper, a very sweet guy, on our first trip to the dogpark, we passed Cooper and his companion running the trails leading to the dogpark.

Then we got back there and to my surprise there he was I got to say hello to him and sniff butts afterall. Check it out:

 
Benji enjoyed playing with him as well......when I got to the dogpark I ran in with gusto and we all ran as fast as we all could across the dogpark! ( I gotta get Pam to video that one time!) Maybe tomorrow.....Yes- George Washington bred American Foxhounds for speed, or at least that was one of the reasons!
 
Here is another video basically of Benji and Cooper playing, at the end you can hear me speaking!
 
 
Tomorrow we will be running a nice 7 miles through the roads of Nesconset or maybe to St James.....we haven't decided yet......as long as I get to scout out the territory for food I'll be happy......Pam doesn't feed me enough so I need to do, NOT! She may actually feed me too much some days! So tune in tomorrow for more.....there are only 11 days until the marathon, so make your donations now and help us help Kent Animal Shelter!
 
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout and Pam

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Scout's Daily Blog

May 10, 2015-

After yesterday's 16 mile run.....today's rest was welcomed. Hey REST is an important part of training as well. Although we could run everyday! If one doesn't take time to rest their muscles as well as to stretch their muscles they can be doing more harm than good!

This goes for people and their pets. MUSCLES can be overtrained and injury can come of it. SO REST when you need to and train smart!

Tomorrow starts the final taper week- or week 15 of 16......we are almost there, almost marathon week! Once marathon week is over we immediately go into more training BUT not marathon training this time. And we will kick it up with some other training combined into the realm of things.

Pam and her Mom visited a friend, kinda like an adopted Mom if you will. She is going through some therapies to help herself as well as her dog and son, and countless others who depend on her! She is an inspiration to follow as she is working her butt off to get well. As someone who has not really been able to stand in the past due to losing a knee cap, and having very little (basically like having no  kneecap)kneecap in the other knee. She is undergoing so much and I wish her well, I hope this week I get to go see her. I hope she gets to go outside where I can visit her in the great outdoors while getting our dose of  Vitamin D!

Ok, I hope everyone out there has had a great Mothers Day. Until tomorrow,
Have a tail waggin day, and
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Scout and Pam

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Scout's Daily Blog

May 9, 2015-

As the final run of week 14, we ran 16 miles through the streets of Nesconset, we ran past the bagel store, the vet office, and even stopped at the dogpark. We ran the trails leading to and from the dogpark. It was a nice and easy 16 miles. Today it was somewhat overcast, and a little chillier than days before it was a bit humid though. Not a bad day for running hopefully in two weeks it will be as cool, and not humid. I guess we shall see right?!?!?!?.....

We did decide we will be starting at 6am, and in hopes of being halfway through about 8- 8:30am and by 10- 10:30am, we hope to be at Kent Animal Shelter. We will be running east bound along Middle Country Road for most of the course. Coming from Smithtown By Pass going over to Middle Country Road......there are a few turns towards the end of the course. This week Pam and I will go further into our course.

Today, we however came across another new friend. This is yet another furry four legged friend who wanted to get their leash on! Check this out:



           Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Oh and don't forget to take a photo of you and your dog together in your favorite running shirt(s) and upload it to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Pinterest....and use the hashtag......#runningcompanions
 
Have a tail waggin' day and I'll see you tomorrow,
Scout and Pam

Friday, May 8, 2015

Scout's Daily Blog

May 8, 2015-
Today we ran a nice easy 4 miles, of course we hit up the bagel store...and the vet office. There were no bagels, but we were able to hydrate  ourselves at the vet office! After we left the vet office, we went on over to the dogpark and we met some new friends. No one will ever take my best friends place, that being Skyler, but Skyler taught me that all dogs can be a friend to me as long as I am friendly back. Pam is still learning this with her human counterparts I think!  (Personally I think it takes ALL humans a little longer to learn these lessons!) Once we left the vet office we ran the trails that lead to the dogpark (or in this case leave the dogpark) and headed home.

 
When we got home after our four miles, Sandy and Candycane were outside enjoying the wonderful Spring or Summer like weather we are having in the backyard. Then we went next door and got Benji and took him for a walk. We all walked for 3 miles, heading to the dogpark and back. When we got to the dogpark, we met one new friend, who by the way "Gets his Leash On! with his companion", honestly Pam may have found a fellow human running partner as well. We'll see.......Pam refuses to get her hopes up but has hope!

When we left the dogpark we head back through the trails, and then headed home.

 
Don't forget about our fundraiser for the shelter that helped me find my furever home!
You can help us help them out (did I just go all Jerry Maguire on you all there?!?!?).....anyway click on these links and you can buy our book- in fact, we will start instead of just the month of May- we will extend it from April 15 to May 24th and with every book sold we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kent Animal Shelter......
 
 Hard copy version:
 
EBook Version:
 
 
 To make a donation to Kent Animal Shelter go to out Crowdrise fundraiser page here:
 
 
Oh and don't forget to take a photo of you and your dog together in your favorite running shirt(s) and upload it to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Pinterest....and use the hashtag......#runningcompanions
 
Have a tail waggin' day and I'll see you tomorrow,
Scout and Pam