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Looking for a fitness buddy? Get a dog
Reuters ^

Posted on 09/26/2011 10:21:21 PM PDT by Borough Park

(Reuters) - When it comes to getting fit a person's best friend just might be a four-legged one.

Experts say studies show dog owners walk more, walk faster, and are more likely to enjoy an active lifestyle because of their companion animal.

"I'm fascinated by what a great motivator dogs can be," said Dr. Sandra McCune, co-editor of the book, "The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for People and Pets."

McCune, an animal behaviorist based in Leicestershire, England, said studies show if you're a dog walker, you're more likely to meet the guidelines for daily activities.

Dogs are the reason behind two-thirds, 66 percent, of the walks their owners take each week, according to a recent survey of more than 1,011 adults commissioned by pet food company Mars Petcare.

One-quarter of people with children and pets regularly visit parks and other outdoor spaces because of their dog.

"Personally, I have a Labrador," McCune said. "When it's dark, when it's raining, the dog needs a walk, every day."

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1 posted on 09/26/2011 10:21:23 PM PDT by Borough Park
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To: Borough Park

But not cat walkers???


2 posted on 09/26/2011 10:22:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Cats are useless for exercise. There’s a reason why cats are the favored pet of crazy old women and urban homosexuals.


3 posted on 09/26/2011 10:26:35 PM PDT by Borough Park
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To: Borough Park

Ever chase a cat around a farm?


4 posted on 09/26/2011 10:27:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Borough Park
"Personally, I have a Labrador,"

I just got a Lab puppy who keeps me running, poor guy thinks his name is "NO-NO!"

5 posted on 09/26/2011 10:28:45 PM PDT by txroadkill (Ghandi would have smacked 0bama in the head)
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To: txroadkill

I just got a Lab puppy who keeps me running, poor guy thinks his name is “NO-NO!”
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Hahaha! Does [s]he keep you up at night, too? Shoot, when I decided to get a puppy again, it literally reminded me of the up and down sleep of having kiddo!

Oh, and Boxers rule! neener! :p


6 posted on 09/26/2011 10:45:44 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Borough Park

Over the years my 14 year old lab and I have walked/hiked thousands of miles together. In the past year she developed problems and could barely walk a mile. We both gained weight.

Two weeks ago I got a 1 1 /2 year old cattle dog. Boy, did my old lab pick up her pace! She still isn’t too keen on the young cattle dog, but she’s walking and smiling again! And so am I.


7 posted on 09/26/2011 10:46:02 PM PDT by freeagle
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To: Borough Park
Dog, the American man's pet:


8 posted on 09/26/2011 10:53:24 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Borough Park
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9 posted on 09/26/2011 10:55:56 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

It’s a good thing that poodles can’t be embarrassed. Poodles are hunting dogs. My tomcat just thinks they are puddles.


10 posted on 09/26/2011 10:56:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Borough Park
Looking for a fitness buddy? Get a dog

"A walk?! How 'bout you take a hike, big guy..."

11 posted on 09/26/2011 10:59:35 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Vlad Tepes was a piker.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That dog looked as natural as John Kerry at a town hall meeting.


12 posted on 09/26/2011 11:00:26 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Borough Park

my 3 year old cat loves to sprint up and down the hallways full speed (while being chased) when she isn’t napping. She keeps me fit :-)


13 posted on 09/26/2011 11:24:20 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Borough Park

Not a good reason to get a dog, though it is one of the benefits. Dog ownership is a big responsibility.

Unfortunately, people have become so flaky that they abandon their dogs when they realize how much work they are.


14 posted on 09/26/2011 11:33:15 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

No kidding....travel becomes a major project when there is a dog in the house.


15 posted on 09/27/2011 12:00:18 AM PDT by federal__reserve (Peace through strength has worked better than peace via appeasement in history.)
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To: Lady Jag

Yep. You have my permission...you KNOW you wanna post her.

Heck, link the pic..just cuz you can.

Heh.


16 posted on 09/27/2011 12:31:02 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: LucyT; Colonel Kangaroo

Those pics have me LMAO.

Thank you !!

(I may borrow !)


17 posted on 09/27/2011 1:15:33 AM PDT by onona (Yes We CAIN !!)
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To: Markos33

Oh man, now I am totally busting a gut !


18 posted on 09/27/2011 1:16:13 AM PDT by onona (Yes We CAIN !!)
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To: onona
Sasha Got Sasha a couple and a half years ago. She's a lightweight when it comes to St. Bernards, but her power is unbelieveable. No dog for anyone over 50.
19 posted on 09/27/2011 1:25:15 AM PDT by onona (Yes We CAIN !!)
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To: Borough Park
Chase Chase says, "I'll pass on the walk in the rain......"
20 posted on 09/27/2011 1:27:21 AM PDT by onona (Yes We CAIN !!)
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To: onona
Heh, glad you like the photo.

Sure, you may borrow it, I stole borrowed it, myself.

21 posted on 09/27/2011 1:43:24 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: txroadkill
Most puppies I've had have thought their name was Bad-Dog til they were around 8 mo.
22 posted on 09/27/2011 3:49:16 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Markos33

So funny!


23 posted on 09/27/2011 3:50:29 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Borough Park

And just what in hell do you kinky people have against a good looking woman. A dog, damn, you perverts.


24 posted on 09/27/2011 4:13:55 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: Borough Park

25 posted on 09/27/2011 4:46:16 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: Borough Park
Dog exercises make me dizzy.


26 posted on 09/27/2011 4:50:53 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Disgusted with the establishment GOP and their enablers.)
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To: Borough Park

Have some kids.

Excercise the body and the entire mind.

And they tend to live a lot longer and can stay with you in the hotels!


27 posted on 09/27/2011 5:09:41 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Borough Park

My little weenie dog has caused by right arm to be twice the size of my left one from throwing her little blue ball continuously throughout the day. However, my legs look like toothpicks. LoL!


28 posted on 09/27/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Borough Park

We have an Old English Sheep Dog, and I only get to walk the her on weekends and holidays. Two and one half miles is nothing for her. During the day, we play frisbee with her and she keeps that up for hours when it is cool.


29 posted on 09/27/2011 6:59:59 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: federal__reserve
No kidding....travel becomes a major project when there is a dog in the house.

Not for me. My dog goes where I go. If somewhere I want to go doesn't want my dog to come along, I don't go there. But most people don't mind him. He's a yellow Labrador Retriever with a big happy smile.

30 posted on 09/28/2011 1:42:29 PM PDT by DE50AE
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To: DE50AE

Unfortunately they will not allow our 10 pound Lhasa Apso on any cruise ship...where we vacation exclusively every year. Most affordable vacation option with great food and entertainment included. But yes, on land trips she always goes with us in the car. Just returned from a 3000 mile round trip to visit relatives in AZ & CA.


31 posted on 09/28/2011 1:58:27 PM PDT by federal__reserve (Peace through strength has worked better than peace via appeasement in history.)
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