My Dog Keeps Me Alive

Were it not for our dog, I’d probably be dead by now. Or if not dead, a lot less healthy, and/or significantly heavier than I am at the moment.

That’s because I walk our dog three-to-four times a day, and doing so results in an average, according to the health app on my iPhone, of around 12,000 steps, or almost five and a half miles, a day.

Of course, being retired now, I am available to walk our dog, which my wife and I often do together, every day. But when I was still working, I was typically able to walk our dog only at night and on weekends, leaving most of the walks to my wife. As a result, I was averaging somewhere between 4,000 to 5,000 steps a day BR (Before Retirement).

Without our dog and these walks, I’d would be unlikely to clock in much more than a thousand steps a day. I know this because a couple of years back, my wife took off for a two week cross country drive with our dog. I couldn’t join her because it was a really busy time at work. So I was left home alone with our cat, an indoor cat who doesn’t need (or want) to be walked.

During that two week period, I averaged just under 1,000 steps a day. I also ate a lot of junk food (e.g., foods that are either microwaveable or deliverable), which my wife makes sure is kept to a minimum when she’s around.

So yes, I owe my life, or at least my relatively good health (for an old fart like me), to our dog, without whom I’d be spending much more time sitting on my ass and getting hardly any exercise.

Oh yes, and to my wife, who does what she can to make sure I eat healthy meals.

Now please excuse me while I go walk my dog.

10 thoughts on “My Dog Keeps Me Alive

  1. cagedunn January 1, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Yes, our dog keeps my old man healthy – every morning she gets him out of bed at walk time, barks if he doesn’t get all his —- together fast enough, then drags him out the door. It’s her time, and she’s gonna have it.
    When we take her to the vet and get commended on the nail trimming, we don’t tell him it’s because this pint-sized Tenterfield terrier digs her claws into the track to drag the slow-coach bloke along.
    And since his little heart issue, the dog is the one thing ensuring he gets his daily exercise. I just call him a lazy old fart (even if he is younger than me).
    What would we do without ’em? Dogs, that is. Cats. The creatures that love us regardless of our language, size, shape, profession, digression, smell, politics, etc.

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    • Fandango January 1, 2018 / 11:14 pm

      Our dog tells us when she wants to go for a walk. I swear it’s like she can look at a clock and tell time. She has me well trained.

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      • cagedunn January 2, 2018 / 12:43 am

        That’s the job; every dog’s gotta have a job. Ours rounds everyone up so they’re in the right places at the right time. We go to bed at this time, and if not, she comes hunting for us. We get ‘that’ look. We miss the scheduled walk time, we get the ‘hang-dog’ look. We are trained, but apparently not well enough. I’m sure they’d boot her out of the dog union for failing to ensure her humans followed the practices and protocols required for pack propriety. I laugh, but is it really funny?

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong January 1, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I think a lot of us feel that way, if not physically (our dogs exercise themselves), but often emotionally. I think they keep us alive because they keep us laughing and they keep us active.

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  3. newepicauthor January 1, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    You must have one of those fit bit watches that tracks your steps. How old is your dog?

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    • Fandango January 1, 2018 / 11:17 pm

      Actually I have an Apple Watch that keeps track of my steps, and syncs up with the health app on my iPhone. She’s 12.

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  4. Sight11 January 1, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    You mean to say I will probably won’t be healthy. Hold on I’m already not. I should probably gift a dog to my Dad. What do you think Sensei?

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    • Fandango January 1, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Dogs are good for their owners, both physically and emotionally.

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