Friday, April 19, 2013

FitDog Friday- Furry Fun Run

Running is great for your health, and even greater when it combines running with your furry friend, and raising money for a great cause. FitDog Friday is co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and our new co-host To Dog With Love! Today I want to share a great idea for getting fit with your dog--a 5k race. And you don't have to be a pro athlete to do it.

Last weekend I attended the Furry Fun Run in Saratoga NY, a 5K race to benefit Peppertree Rescue. This group is near and dear to my heart, because they are the group who found us Brooks. They invited me to join in and sell my books at the event, and I donated a copy of Dieting with my Dog to be awarded in one of the prize baskets as well.

You can run or walk the course, and runners' entry fees helped benefit the rescue group. You didn't need to run with a dog, however more than 200 two-legged runners participated, most along with one or more four-legged companions. Everyone was in a great mood, despite the chilly and wet weather.

The quickest time was a bit over 17 minutes (wow!) and the last runners/walkers came in after about an hour and a half. No matter the time, everyone had fun and got fit with their dogs!


This post is part of FitDog Friday, where every week we share ways people are getting fit and healthy with their pets, tips and news bits, our challenges and successes. I hope you'll join in the hop!

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  9. goldenwoofs

    Woof! Woof! How FUN! We plan to join one this summer/fall (last
    time we signed up it was cancelled due to the rain). Lots of HAPPY dog
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  10. Diane@ToDogWithLove

    Cool! We're planning to do a dog-friendly fun run at the end of this
    month. Love the photos, especially the muddy, fluffy dog. We can relate!

    Your pals,

    Diane and Rocco

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  11. MySlimDoggy

    Peggy, looks like a lot of fun. Running is such a good and easy
    exercise, we love it and always do it with our dogs? Thanks for sharing
    this outing?

    My recent post FitDog Friday#3

  12. Bethany

    I love the variety of dogs out to help the cause!

    My recent post Keeping a Fragile Dog Fit


    That looks like a blast! I loved seeing all the different pups too! Thanks!

    My recent post FitDog Friday Strikes Again!

  14. houndstooth4

    What a cool event! I wish we had some more stuff like that around here.

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  15. Frankie and Ernie

    What FUN. Love all the dawgs.

  16. Fun. Dog. Fitness

    We Love the Dog Runs here in Utah! Even many of the people Fun Runs
    allow our dogs. What is fun to watch is how many people enjoy seeing and
    running with the dogs. They truly are a great motivational running
    partners - they never complain and are always ready to go.

    My recent post Walk This Way: How Gait Analysis Can Strengthen Your Dog and Help You Identify Weaknesses

  17. jackiebouchard

    Looks like fun. I don't think we'll ever be able to do such a thing
    with Rita. She has issues on leash with other dogs (which she's come a
    long way with, but still - best to not overwhelm her!), and she's not a
    fan of crowds either.

    Fun to go and see all the pups having a good time.

    My recent post FitDog Friday: Pearly-White Canines!

  18. You are doing great keeping fit in your senior years! You're quite in inspiration, Purple Paws!

  19. Yup those low to the ground dogs especially do get their undercarriages muddy!

  20. So many people and dogs enjoy running. I can't say that I've found the running passion yet, but I try to walk fast!

  21. That was the most fun to see...little dogs, big dogs, muscular dogs and
    heavy dogs all had fun. Some dogs were carried in backpacks or stollers
    if they couldn't go that far!

  22. If you're not running, it's fun to go and just dog watch!

  23. Even if there aren't 5k runs, you may find other opportunities. We have a
    Bark for Life run coming up for cancer research. Maybe they're doing
    something like that near you too.

  24. Thanks Frankie and Ernie! I don't think I saw any dachshunds running the race this time.

  25. Absolutely...they never complain about running and exercising, although I do! Good thing my dog motivates me to move.

  26. Kelly has issues with other dogs too, and gets overwhelmed by being
    around a lot of dogs, so we had to go without her. It would have been
    more fun to have brought a dog.

  27. Gizmo

    As a matter of fact tomorrow is the SPCA Walk for the Animals here
    in Lakeland and Giz and I will be there...The Walk raised $130,000 last
    year which was amazing and all the walkers had a great time...

  28. Emmadog

    How fun! Mom always wanted to do the Halloween run with us but she
    didn't think we would run with costumes. These days she usually runs
    alone as my sister has retired from running and my legs are short so I
    can't go more than a few miles. Mom misses running with dogs, she says
    it makes running so much easier.

  29. kkoira

    What a fun race to be part of.

  30. wyatt

    Love it...seeing people out there with all kinds of dogs, it's a WIN-WIN for all!!



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