I love the winter! Nothing beats being able to see my own breath as I snow plow with my flat Boston Terrier snout through fluffy drifts of white powder! Sometimes in the winter (if the temperature’s right and there’s enough snow) I get to hop between snow shoeprints as I follow Carole (and a less-enthusiastic Maria) on the winding trails behind our house. Since Carole has the shortest legs, I usually follow right behind her and if I time it just right, I can step on the back of her snow shoe and watch her topple into a snow drift. What fun that is!! Bipeds got nothing on me!
As much fun as snowshoeing is, we don’t do enough of that activity for me to maintain my hard-body, buff physique. This time of year it gets dark so early (and it’s pretty dark when we get up, too), i It’s easy to just stay inside and binge-watch Animal Planet (I do get a little exercise barking at the dogs on TV). I really hate it when spring comes and my collar’s too tight. Always a self-starting kind of guy, I tried to develop my own list of indoor activities, but frankly my humans just aren’t interested in throwing my toys in the house, 24/7. Another idea I had was to play “tag” with the cat (she could REALLY use the exercise, as clearly she hasn’t looked at herself in the full-length mirror lately). For some reason every time I start that game I either get swatted by the cat or one of the humans gives me a “time out” in my crate. (Sigh). What is a dog to do?
Resourceful boy that I am, I decided to do my own research and came up with some winter exercise ideas for both dogs and cats (not together!). I found some really great ideas (that other dogs and cats thought up!) during my internet travels. Here are some links I hope you’ll find useful.Dogs: http://chasingdogtales.com/12-easy-ways-exercise-dog-winter/ Cats: http://www.sheknows.com/pets-and-animals/articles/822927/6-ways-to-exercise-an-indoor-cat/
Hope I’ll see you guys out there for a game of snowball fetch!!