How Far Has Your Dog Walked You?

The other day I attempted to work out in my apartment.  Emphasis on the word “attempted.”  For some reason Eko was obsessed with the work-out mat and decided to join in.

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Staying out of the way as usual

I have two mats, so it got to the point where I had to unroll the other one so Eko could have his own.

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Workout partners

While Eko wasn’t exactly the most helpful workout buddy in this particular circumstance, his presence did get me thinking about how much he has helped me stay active with our daily walks.  Walking is a dying art form for most, but for those of us with dogs it is a daily routine, whether we are in the mood or not!

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Blizzard?  That’s nice, your dog still needs a walk

Even by my most conservative estimates, Eko and I have walked well over 500 miles together – and that’s not counting hikes or runs even.  That adds up to countless sights seen, people met and most importantly, time that otherwise would have been spent in a chair.  There are plenty of times I don’t feel like heading out for a walk, but I am very grateful that Eko gives me no choice.  What’s best for him is also what’s best for me.

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And without our walks, I would miss out on views like these

And then that got me thinking, Eko is only two years old and he is my first dog on my own.  That means that some of you likely have walked thousands or even tens of thousands of miles with a dog by your side!  Knowing that, I will never look at my morning walk the same again.  It’s pretty impressive how it all adds up.

So take a guess, how far do you think you have walked with your dogs?

33 thoughts on “How Far Has Your Dog Walked You?”

  1. You and Eko make very good workout buddies! I’m glad he is such a good influence 🙂

    Mom and I walk usually 4 miles a day. Sometimes we walk as much as 8 or 10, but not so often lately because mom and dad are busy with so much boring “work.” Anyway, I’ve had my family for almost a year, so that means we’ve walked over 1300 miles! No wonder mom sleeps so well since she met me 😀

  2. I use CardioTrainer to track my mileage, and then get lots of positive reinforcement when I post it to Facebook. Yes, positive reinforcement isn’t just for dogs! We’ve walked as far as Honduras, or just past the Grand Canyon, from Michigan – in just over three years. As of today that is 1148 workouts, 299480 calories, and 2133 miles. And three months of walking didn’t even get included! That also means I’ve lost over 80 pounds of excess weight. Nala gets lots of attention and compliments wherever we go – but then she looks pretty much exactly like Eko except a bit smaller and shorter nose. Yes, she has very directly contributed to saving my life. No question in my mind.
    I love using an app that helps track mileage. I can hardly wait to virtually reach the pacific ocean!

    • Wow, your story is awesome! Positive reinforcement no doubt is an excellent cross-species training tool. That’s so awesome you have all the numbers saved, they tell the story of an amazing journey. Congrats and keep it up – you and Nala make a great team!

  3. Oh yes, too many wonderful miles to count…our journey continues to inspire me!!!! Yes, about the yoga, they do love the mat, especially ‘downward dog’ pose…it’s the perfect kiss pose!!!! Eko, has ‘namaste’ down pat doesn’t he?!!!!

  4. Love this post Will.
    Today I was doing a little Yoga and as usual Doggy was there, licking my feet whenever he had a chance. Ever since I had Doggy I had to change my workout habits, I got him with the idea of getting a steady running partner, I’ve been running since I was 11, it gets lonely at times so why not taking a dog along.
    This morning we ran 10 miles, I assumed he was going to die once we got home, so I pulled my mat and started to stretch, he had other plans, he wanted to play, Yoga is not what it used to be anymore, I have to stop and throw him the ball when he gets into “destroyer” mode.
    If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t wake up every morning for a run anymore.


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