Monday, March 10, 2008
I am the dog whisperer and I can tell you that dogs speak French. Our dog Gwen is part basset hound and mutt which means she can have quite the stubborn attitude when she has not been exercised.
Leslie bought and read Cesar Milan’s book, “Cesar’s Way” that taught various techniques and lifestyle changes to manage the needs of dogs. One of the methods to help keep a dog calm and submissive was the use of a treadmill for additional exercise.
Leslie and I are both very busy people. We must work 50 hours a week and with the wedding coming up, our time has been stretched thin. When we can’t walk our dogs for an hour at a time, Leslie suggested buying a treadmill to supplement their exercise routine.
I didn’t believe her when she told me about the potential results. I have to admit, I was skeptical. After months of talking it over with her, we found a treadmill on Craigslist and decided to give it a go.
The first time I put her on the treadmill, she had a perplexed face and could not understand why it was moving under her paws. I tried to help her by moving a legs but that didn’t work. I looked like a big dummy.
It hit us when I stood in front of her and she walked towards me. Eureka! She’s got it! For good measure, we strapped her with a harness to the treadmill, so that she wouldn’t jump off and before we knew it, she was running on the treadmill with a big smile on her face.
Leslie always calls me her “Problem Solver”. The whole treadmill thing may not have been my idea, but she admits it was I who taught Gwen how to run on it. It’s great living with my three girls (Leslie, Gwen, and Peaches), but I have to tell you, when they are not well fed, exercised, and loved my life suddenly isn’t so wonderful!