Walks for Love

Came across this and wanted to share. What a nice idea…

Walks for Love

Anne Sardena, founder of “Walks for Love” in San Diego, Calif., understands the power of the walk—and the power of a helping hand. That is why she started the volunteer, non-profit dog walking service for owners who are otherwise unable to walk their dogs.

Walks For Love“As a pet sitter, I realized that there are a lot of dogs that are neglected because their owners are unable to care for them,” said Anne. “It bothered me to think about all of the dogs I could be helping, dogs that just want to go outside for a walk, or spend time with someone, but they are stuck inside with owners that are disabled or ill and can’t physically take care of their pet.”

Still in its initial stages, Walks for Love is currently working solely in the San Diego, Calif. area with hopes to bring the concept to other parts of the US. Recently, however, the group has joined efforts with the local Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals for the elderly and disabled, to help walk the dogs of those who receive their meal service.

SkyDue to his owners disability, Sky was not walked in four years. With the help of Walks for Love, Sky is now getting daily walks. As the organization begins its expansion, Anne remembers how it all started. “The first dog I started walking was referred to me by a company that provides mobility service dogs,” said Anne. “The dog’s owner had a progressive form of a disease that weakens the body’s muscles. After I walked his dog for the first time, he looked at her and said ‘she looks happy.’ I felt so fortunate to help the dog’s owner.”

Get Out…and Play

Cute article from PugSpot.com

Alternative Exercises for Pugs

Is there more to life than the daily walk? Yes, of course there is. Though the traditional walk is the most common form of exercise it’s not always possible. Sometimes your Pug may not be able to go for his walk or outdoor romp due to inclement weather. What if your Pug just wants to add some variety to his exercise routine? Why not try some of these exercise alternatives to bring the spring back in his step?

Everybody who loves a Pug knows they are apt to have fun with anything. Why not use this to your advantage? Bring the fun back to exercise. Get a Pug safe ball and play fetch. Why not tie one of his favorite toys to a stick? You can play keep away while letting him chase after the object. Keep encouraging him to “get it”. They love any activity they can do with you.

Why not teach your Pug a new trick? This will exercise both his mind and body. It doesn’t have to be anything super hero-ish, just fun. Teach him to dance, roll over or crawl. Kids love to teach dogs tricks. This can be a good bonding activity for your children to do. Learning tricks can give your Pug the mental and the physical stimulus he needs. It will also make him happy and proud.

Are you are going to be away from home for the day? If you don’t want your Pug to be a couch potato, then why not invest in some activity toys for him to use while you are away? We all know Pugs love to eat and what better exercise than to play for his food. There are a myriad of “food” related toys on the market today. Some toys to choose from are Stuffed Kongs, Buster Cubes and Activity Balls. These will give your Pug both a mental and physical challenge. Your Pug will also get the added bonus of a treat. What Pug wouldn’t love that?

Do you and your dog spend a lot of time at home? Then why not set him up with an agility course? You can get ready to use combo sets. These “agility in a bag” sets are handy and inexpensive. They are easy to set up and put away when not in use. They are fully adjustable to suit his ability. Most dogs love the challenge and fun these agility courses bring. In addition to giving him his exercise, it will strengthen your bond with him as well.

Does your Pug long to play with some doggie friends? Then why not take him to a doggie day care? These centers focus on fun. They have everything your Pug could dream of to play with and others to play with him. Or, if there is no doggie day care in your area, how about visiting your local kennel club? There you can socialize with other dog owners while your Pug plays with his friends. You might even decide to take a course in obedience. This will not only provide your Pug with exercise, it will teach him good manners.

There is no set exercise for your Pug. You just need to experiment to see what he prefers. The only rule is to make it Pug safe and Pug fun.