Friday, May 3, 2013

FitDog Friday--How author Patti Lawson and her dog Sadie stay fit

Today is FitDog Friday, sponsored by Peggy's Pet Place, SlimDoggy and To Dog With Love. Join in every Friday by linking up or visiting the blogs in the hop, and be sure to comment and you'll be entered into a giveaway for great FitDog prizes.

Today please welcom Patti Lawson, the author of a fantastic book, The Dog Diet. How much do I love this book! Patti's experiences are different from mine in Dieting with my Dog, yet our conclusions are the same: dogs make great weight loss buddies!

I had the opportunity to ask Patti about getting fit with her dog:

1. How do you keep your dog fit and healthy?

PL: As with people, there are two parts to dog fitness. 1. Diet   2. Exercise

DIET
Sadie eats a grain free except for quinoa and brown rice organic diet. Sometimes I cook for her and other times I use two human grade foods made in the United States. Lucky Dog Cuisine and Honest Kitchen. She gets natural jerky treats...mainly salmon. Sadie has several food allergies so we take that into consideration when choosing her food.

Sadie and Patti preparing the SALAD BOX...a staple of the DOG DIET.






















EXERCISE--We DOGERCISE...walking and incorporating play time with exercise. Sadie likes tug of war and running after her many stuffed animals. She is a sprinter...sprints off the deck chasing squirrels in our yard. We live in the woods so we have plenty of squirrels for her to chase. Our subdivision is very hilly...we live in WV so it's no surprise...and we walk it every day possible and on weekends twice a day. I believe part of exercise is also mental. I challenge Sadie with little games...I read to her...she has a puzzle ball from Planet Dog I recommend for all dogs. You place small treats in it and then your dog has to figure out how to get them out. Very mentally challenging. Maybe I wouldn't eat so much chocolate if I had to get it out of the puzzle ball! Sadie also goes to daycare because she doesn't like to stay alone and I am convinced this is good for her. She is active with the staff and other dogs all day instead of sleeping and waiting for me to come home.

2. How does your dog help you get fit and healthy?

PL: I know that Sadie's health depends on me so I challenge myself to do the best I can for her. In doing so, I am eating better and exercising. Yes...we have the occasional McDonald's treat and squirt of whipped cream. I want Sadie to be with me as long as possible and I want to be here for her as long as possible so she is my inspiration. If I don't feel like walking, I know she NEEDS to walk and so we go out the door and just do it. It always turns into a great time.

Sadie is practicing for beach trips with a tennis ball and a water frisbee!




















3. What is Sadie's favorite activity?

PL: At risk of sounding narcissist I believe her favorite activity is being with me. No matter what we do...she enjoys it. She also loves to travel, likes sniffing out leftovers on room service trays in hotels and riding in the big convertible her "Dad" owns.

4. What is one unhealthy food Sadie would eat all day if you let her?

PL:  Hamburgers....hands down. She LOVES hamburgers...sniffs them all the way home in the bag!

What is Sadie's favorite healthy food?

PL: Sadie loves salmon which is very good for her.


BIO: Sadie Lawson was born in Putnam County, West Virginia to a Cocker Spaniel Mom and a German Shepherd Dad. After one appearance at PetSmart in Charleston, WV she decided to give Patti a chance at being her Mom and after a few rough patches, they became inseparable. She has traveled to over 30 cities on the Dog Diet book tour. She was an integral partner in Family Law/Divorce Mediations Patti conducted. , Kiawah Island is her favorite vacation spot, but she loves all beaches. Sadie enjoys chasing squirrels, long walks, naps on her king-sized feather beds, and convertible rides. She has one sister, AbiGal, a rescued Cockatiel.

 Patti Lawson is an award winning author, blogger, and attorney. She lives in the West Virginia woods

with her beloved canine companion, Sadie; has a day job as a Special Prosecutor, and anticipates the release of her new book: What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over? And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas!
Connect with Patti at:
http://redroom.com/member/patti-lawson


* FitDog Friday Giveaways-
Our FitDog Friday co-hosts have been hosting giveaways for all Blog Hop participants the past few weeks. Now even more folks can join the fun! For a chance to be entered into our weekly FitDog Friday giveaway,  you can still link your FitDog Friday post to our Blog Hop.  Or, just leave a comment on one or all of our co-hosts posts -- SlimDoggy, Peggy's Pet Place and To Dog With Love.  Each comment (one each per co-host post) and each Blog Hop link counts as one entry. Winners will be chosen at random.

This weeks prizes are a SlimDoggy food scoop, Dieting with my Dog bookmark, and Patti Lawson has kindly donated a copy of her book The Dog Diet, and a bag of Hill's All Natural Sweet Potato and Pumpkin treats.   







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35 comments:

  1. Woof! Woof! YES, Dog are the best workout buddies. Exercise is so important and the key element for loosing/maintaining weight. Happy FitDog Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  2. Peggy, thanks for sharing this - it looks like a great book and will sure be helpful to many of our Blog Hop readers!

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  3. I love everything I learn on this blog hop! Especially when I learn that even super fit and healthy dogs have weaknesses for hamburgers.

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  4. Cool interview! I forgot FitDog Friday this week but will get ourselves together for next week!

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  5. Great interview! Sharing.

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  6. Great to read about your journey with your pup. Have to agree with you that both diet and exercise are equally important, not only for your dog but for yourself. Embarking on the journey with your dog only makes it more rewarding.....Nice interview

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  7. Thanks for introducing me to Patti and Sadie today...They've got a very practical approach to staying fit that sounds like it could work for anyone...Happy Fit Day!

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  8. Those treats sound yummy! Thanks for some great tips
    Benny & Lily

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  9. That really was a good interview. I was on a diet for a while, and it worked!

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  10. Great Interview Peggy! You are spot on with the comment that your dog's favorite activity is being with you. Dogs Love that we do what we do with them!

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  11. I love the feeling that my dog feels happy and secure with me, and we love to have fun times as well as snuggle times.

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  12. Wow a kitty diet? That's great!

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  13. You're right, it just takes being aware and then following through. The dogs can't open up the cabinet and fill their bowl with cookies, so it's up to us to do the right thing!

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  14. Thank you. I agree, just about everything is better with a doggy companion!

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  15. Thanks Emma. I'm glad you enjoy so many fun hikes and outings to keep you fit.

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  16. Thank you for stopping by FitDog Friday. We're getting ready to go out and take our walk right after this!

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  17. That's okay Max, we're glad you are here visiting too. You're a busy guy!

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  18. hehe yeah I guess we all have a weakness or two. Mine is ice cream. And I'd say Kelly's is cheese.

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  19. Thanks SlimDoggy! I hope you and Jack are getting out and having some fun today.

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  20. I know of very few dogs who don't like to get out and get moving. I'm sure there are some who'd prefer not to at first, but once they get going I think they almost all love the activity. I can't say that I love exercise, but I do love walking and running and playing with my dog!

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  21. Loved the interview and I am a huge fan of Patty and Sadie! I gave her book to a young single, professional and dogless girlfriend - kind of how Parry started off in her story. I am hoping it will inspire a doggie love for her too ...

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  22. We love quinoa. Never thought about adding it to the dogs food...great idea!


    Wyatt's mom.

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  23. I love that Chester and Gretel are my workout partners. They are pretty much in perfect shape and I am, well, totally not. I am beginning to feel self-conscious being the "fat girl with skinny dogs". I don't get to discouraged though. I just try to use the feeling as motivation.

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  26. I'm just a little bit overweight right now, but it would be far worse if I didn't have dogs to encourage me to get out and exercise with them. I'm glad to know there are some great books out there too to help all of us!

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  28. Glad to meet a Patty and Sadie fan! That was so nice of you to give her book to your friend.

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  29. Let me know how they like it!

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  30. Chester and Gretel sound like super workout partners. I know how frustrating it is to try to keep up with our weight. You can do it. Make one positive change every week. Your dogs want you to stay fit and healthy too!

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  34. My dogs help me stay in shape, we walk, hike and dog sled. There is also a dog and human fitness class starting soon and I'm excited about that.

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  35. Pawsome interview and thanks for hosting the blog hop, we think fitness is such an important topic!

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