A Dog's Exercise Mentality

Dog Talk: I didn’t get any exercise today so I’m a grump. I’m either lying around doing nothing or getting into things I shouldn’t because I’m bored. (Why does Mom have to work all the time anyway?)

People Talk: I didn’t exercise today so I’m in a bad mood – no endorphins to lift my spirits. Instead of being productive, I’m lying around doing nothing, tempted by those cookies and chips in the cupboard.

Dog Talk: Today, I got to go for a walk around the neighborhood on a leash. Though I’m familiar with the terrain and somewhat restrained, at least I get to go outside for a little while. And I got to leave my mark on at least 5 fire hydrants, so life is pretty good.

Human Talk: I got on the treadmill for half an hour today. Not the most exciting exercise, but at least I burned some calories and got to catch up on Real Housewives of Orange County.

Dog Talk: My mom took me for a hike in the hills today. I got to run off leash till my heart was content, smell all sorts of interesting aromas, roll in the mud and jump in the water. I wanted it to last forever.

Human Talk: I tried something new today. I broke free of the confines of the gym and went out for a long bike ride. I got exercise while I enjoyed the sights and sounds of the big city. It didn’t really feel like exercise at all because it was fun. And different.

Dog Talk: Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than yesterday! Mom took me running in the hills with her friend, AND her friend’s dog. Not only did I get to enjoy the sights and smells of the outdoors again, but I had a partner in crime who showed me all sorts of new territory to explore.

Human Talk: I’m now meeting my friend every morning for boot camp. It’s a good thing I have someone else to drag me out of bed. Not to mention, misery loves company and I’m not as tired since I am working out with her.

Dog Talk: It’s great to be tired. I’m so relaxed and contented – don’t feel the need to dig 10 new holes in the back yard. And I even got some extra dog food for dinner because I have been such a good boy all day. Go figure. They finally take me outside to do what I want to do, and then they spend all their time telling me what a good boy I am.

Human Talk: After that 10-mile run, I feel like I could do just about anything. I feel good about myself and I just feel good. Even if I do plan to go to bed a little early tonight. After that delicious dinner I plan to eat, I might even reward myself with a sweet treat, too. After all, I have earned it!

Melinda Hinson