FitDog Friday–Reconnecting Yourself & Your Dog With the Outdoors

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Ok folks, here’s where I go all hippie and tree-huggy on you.  I have long been enamored with the outdoors.  Walking or riding my bike to and from school as a child I often took shortcuts through the woods; fantastic well-worn paths that wound through palms and ferns and over tree roots.  And when I didn’t have to wear shoes, I didn’t.  I am a Florida girl born and raised, and grew up mostly barefoot.  I felt connected to the earth that way.  It was like it’s energy was free to flow right up through my feet.  My favorite time of year was Fall, where everything seemed so much more beautiful and magical.  That cool breeze on my face and the sound that rustling leaves made was just perfection.

I still feel this way.  I prefer my feet to be free of shoes whenever possible and I love, love, loooooooove being outdoors in cooler weather.  Hot, muggy Florida grossness not so much, but for those few days per year it is cool out, I can’t get enough time outside.  Circumstances what they are (shared visitations), I am unable to move but when the kids are old enough, I’m so out of here.   The husband and I have been seriously thinking about Montana.   Mental note:  make a trip out there soon to check out the hiking trails!

Just like you, your dog needs their spirit nurtured, too.  They need air, grass and earth under their feet, to run as fast as they can with the wind at their back.  All of us feel connected to our dogs (at least I believe most dog owners do) but do you nurture your dog’s spirit?  They give us so much.  When dogs are committed to you, they are committed.  They don’t find someone younger or prettier or grow tired of you.  They don’t judge you or disappoint you (save soiling the carpet occasionally or chewing our favorite pair of shoes) .  They are there until their last breath.  They have the purest souls of anything on the planet save babies.  Dogs and babies, folks.  That’s as good as it gets in this world.

When’s the last time you took your dog outside for a jog?  A bike ride?  A game of frisbee or ball?  Swimming?   Get out and do some of that this weekend!

Or how about some yoga in the great outdoors with your dog?  Yes!  So fun!

Photo copyright Christopher Cave

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19 Comments

  1. Mark S September 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I really like the yoga and swimming photo. Veruca, Ava, and I try to get out as much as possible, and I will agree that the fall is the best time of year to be out. The crisp air and the great colors of the leaves make for a wonderful background to wander in.

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 1:12 am

      I like that photo, too. I’d love to find a group like that. I am DYING for some nice Fall hikes. Mountains are calling me!

  2. Genevieve Petrillo September 6, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Mom took me for a long walk around the lake at the park today! And we didn’t even realize it was FitDog Friday!
    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Yay! Long walks are the best!

  3. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) September 6, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Some great ideas. We get out with Jack and Maggie every morning. I wouldn’t miss it and neither would they. Thanks for joining the Hop.

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much for coming by! Have a great weekend!

  4. Beth September 6, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I’m with you on being barefoot! I grew up in coastal Georgia, so I grew up rarely wearing shoes, too. I even use Merrell barefoot trail shoes for hiking with Barley because it’s the closest I can get to being barefoot while still getting some protection from rocks and roots and things. Barley and I walk every day, but our favorite walks by far are the ones where were leave the neighborhood and stroll along Lake Erie or get “lost” in the woods. Montana looks gorgeous–if you get to plan a trip there soon, I hope you share lots and lots of pictures!

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      I will have to check out those shoes! And yes, I will share lots and lots of pics! I am excited to go and visit! Thanks for coming by and sharing with us!

  5. M. K. Clinton September 6, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Great photos and wonderful sentiment. I never go barefoot anymore but when I was a kid, I always ran around without shoes.

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Ah, the good old days. 🙂

  6. Emmadog September 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Mom is thrilled to hear someone else feels the way she does about hot weather. While most move south as they get older, she wants to stay in the north. We love the seasons and the cooler weather. We are out walking, running, etc every day, in all weather, but we prefer the cooler stuff for sure! Happy FitDog Friday!

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Yes! Cooler weather is wonderful. We get so little of it here. 🙁 Have a great weekend!

  7. Diane @ To Dog With Love September 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Loved that yoga photo… makes me want to jump right into it! Loved your post too. Nature nurtures both our spirits!

  8. Groovy Goldendoodles September 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Where I live – I don’t get to enjoy nature at it’s best as often as I would like, however, my favorite time of everyday is early in the morning when Harley and I walk. We try to beat the rest of the human world out there so we can selfishly experience the worlds “newness” by ourselves. When I can, I run towards the beach because that is my ultimate happy place. Thanks for your post – I enjoyed it!

    1. Rama's Mama September 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you! I know what you mean about the “newness” of morning. I like that time, too.

  9. Jan K September 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    We are outdoors people too….I just love it and couldn’t live anywhere but in the country. We have a big fenced in yard for the dogs so they can spend lots of time outdoors too. We play out in the yard a lot. I love spring and fall the best because you can be outdoors the most then. I could do without the long winters here in the Northeast, but we get through it and still try to be outside, if only for shorter lengths of time. We have lots of windows in our house, so even if we can’t be outdoors, we can enjoy looking at it’s beauty!

    1. Rama's Mama September 8, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Wonderful! I love lots of windows. Gotta have that sunlight streaming in! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

  10. DZ Dogs September 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Is that Siren swimming? So cute!

    1. Rama's Mama September 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      No, actually it’s Sassy. 🙂 They do look a LOT alike, though!