Friday, April 5, 2013

FitDog Friday

My friends at and Peggy's Pet Place teamed up to create the FitDog Friday blog hop, and we're participating because we want to help educate humans about the importance of keeping their doggies fit.  Doggies who maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly live longer and have fewer health problems.  A few months ago, mom wrote an article that has some great tips on how to help your dog become and stay fit:  

You may now admire my physique

People and doggies often admire my physique and ask how I stay so fit.  
My Baywatch bod

Doing Zumba in the back yard

Well, mom and I walk every day and play frequent games of fetch, and we go hiking every weekend and sometimes after work.  I also go on an Adventure Hike every Wednesday with my buddies Tim and Nicky while mom is at work.

Hiking with Nicky
Photo by Tim Kondas of Canine Adventure

Hiking is a GREAT way to exercise because it's fun for humans and doggies, especially when we get a group together for a hike.  

Because mom and I love to hike, and we love to give other dogs an opportunity to get out and hike too, we lead hikes for our local Dog Scout troop and a local Meetup group called Canine Adventure's Human Adventure.  

Dog Scout hikes are REALLY fun, says Ruckus

Hiking with my Human Adventure 
buds Enzo & Choco

If you live in or near Richmond, Virginia, and you'd like to go hiking with other people and dogs, check out Human Adventure.  If you don't live near us, you can steal our idea and create your own dog hiking group!  

Taking a dip during a hike last Friday
(This trail is within our city limits)

We have been amazed at the wonderful trails we have in our own city.  Get out and explore your local parks and see what you find!

We led a sunset hike on Monday
(This is less than a mile from downtown Richmond)

Need some help getting your dog fit?  There are lots of resources available: makes an app that helps you help your dog lose weight.  They also offer email consultations and one-on-one consultations.

K9 Fit Club offers fitness classes for humans and dogs.

You can purchase Dieting with My Dog, written by Peggy of Peggy's Pet Place from Amazon.

Fit With Fido offers exercise classes for humans and dogs.

Thank Dog! Bootcamp offers fitness classes.

Thank Dog! Mobile is available at the Apple App Store.

Fur Fitness is a 501(c)(3) organization that educates humans about pet obesity and assists pet parents in helping their pets achieve and maintain optimal weight.

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has weight loss tools and other great information on their website.

My buddy Choco is 11 years old, and he's a GREAT example of how staying active and fit keeps you healthy and young - he's one of the older dogs in our hiking group, but he still leads the pack!


  1. Nice to see another lab that doesn't look like a loaf of bread on legs. Keeping a slim waistline is what it's all about.


  2. Such great info here Garth...Everything a dog parent needs and you're a super example of how good a fit dog looks...*highpaws* You and your mom should join us for Park Day on 4/26...

  3. We agree a slim waist is good. I hunt squirrels everyday for at least 2 hours and that keeps me fit. I am lucky to be able to go to the park for a lark each day. Have a fabulous Friday Garth.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. You are a fit and busy canine. We do walkies and zoomies, and once in a while dad joins us for a "real" hike, but mostly we make do with the muzzer. She loses more weight than we do, because lots of times she walks us separately! Oh! And Teka says stairs are fun. I kinda take my time on them though, as I am getting to be a senior dog soon.


  5. Whew, we're tired just from reading all about getting slim and trim. Maybe I should get another dog bone while I check out all the links. Mommy and I hike in the summer when we're in NY. We too have some really awesome hiking trails. In fact, our town is call "Trail Town USA" bcuz there are so many of them. Mommy bought a map from the town and checks off all the ones we've hiked.

    Between hiking, chasing squirrels and running around the house with Muffin, I'm in pretty good shape for a 9 year old.

    Always love to see your beautiful pictures Garth! Keep up the good work and keep on hiking!

    Lily Belle

  6. Garth, thanks for joining our Blog Hop and sharing all of your great ideas for staying fit. That Canine Adventure Club sounds very cool and lots of fun. Keep up the good work!

  7. Woof! Woof! You do have a great bod. it's good to be fit and active ... keeps you young like your friend Choco. I'm 11 too and senior dogs rocks. Happy FitDog Friday. Lots of Golden woofs, Sugar

  8. Wow Garth - I didn't know you were an honorary Dog Scout! I think all of the things you get to do look like lots of fun!

  9. We love a good hike too and you definitely keep yourself in great shape! Have a great weekend!

  10. Wow you do have one hunkuva bod there! I love all the activities you do, especially your meetup group Canine Adventures Human Adventures! You listed some activities I hadn't heard of too. And thanks for mentioning slimdoggy, and my book! We're thrilled you joined us on FitDog Friday!

  11. Well if we lived near you, we would join for sure. Happy Hiking!!

  12. This sure sounds like tons of fun! The activities and hikes look awesome
    Benny & Lily

  13. I love to go hiking too! We go for hikes in our local parks and once a month we go on a camping/hiking adventure. It is pawesome!
    Have a great weekend, my pal.

  14. It is so great that you can go hiking while your mom is at work! Luna and I are planning to start hiking soon!

  15. You're so fit - we're very impurressed!!

    The Florida Furkids

  16. You look FABulous Garth!! I've always admired your physique!! BOL
    Ma says she needs all this info, cause I still need to loose 4-5 more lbs....pfffft!!
    Well, more walkies is ALWAYS a plus!

  17. Love the idea of your hiking group!
    I need to get my daddy fit. When I'm a bit bigger and the weather is better, I'm going to take him out on a few bike rides:-)

  18. You are amazing, Garth! I wish we didn't live so far away so we could be super fit dogs together! (We would just bark at you while you swim though. We don't swim. Splashing is fun!)

  19. Lookin good there Garthie! You gots a great senior hiking companion there too; I admires both of your dedications! Is you participatin in the park event thingy going on in Blogville?


  20. You look great, Garth! And what fun adventures you're having too :) Mom and I wish more pups got to have so much and stay so fit!

  21. Garth, you do indeed look very fit and just reading about your adventures tired Her out - and I was a tad envious - She often says I have a more active social life than She does, what with all the walking and visits I have, but I say there's always room for something more - and I do love the thought of a hike so thanks for putting that idea in my head!



  22. Wow Garth you are one fit dog and good looking too! Had to say that cause you and I look a lot alike! Have a great weekend!