Saturday, September 20, 2014

#Doga Fun With Warrior I and II

by Carrie Boyko, CEB

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Warrior I and II are great poses that work many muscles, while also challenging your balance. As you get comfortable with the balance, adding your toy-sized dog to your front leg increases the challenge, helping you get more out of your workout, all while you enjoy a nice cuddle.

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If the balance is coming hard for you, don't stress out over it. Try these tips:
  • Making sure your back foot is turned out, also put emphasis on practicing balancing your weight between the front and back feet. Mastering this will aid in eventually getting your pose a bit closer to the ground. You'll find more Warrior yoga tips here.
  • Lift up through your chest and head, keeping your shoulders down and aligned with your hips.
  • As you begin to feel comfortable with balancing your weight between your feet, try adding your pint-sized pup to the mix. If you don't have a little one like my Oliver, you can use other props that add weight and challenge to your practice. Don't forget to always include your bigger dogs also. They like being a part of this activity,
    joining in whatever you are doing. You can call Fido to you and talk to him encouragingly.
By keeping the #doga in your yoga workout, you'll find it less stressful and feel a bit closer to your pup at the same time. That's our goal!


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If you're new to Doga or Yoga, please be sure to do these three things: (1) Get your doctor's permission to start this or any other workout, (2) Check with your vet to make sure your dog is able to participate in simple Doga exercises safely, and (3) visit our introductory post where I've outlined a few tips that will help your experience go more smoothly and enjoyable. Keep in mind that you can always stop if a pose is uncomfortable, returning to a more relaxing pose for you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday Giveaways for Pets

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
The gang and I have had quite an adventure RVing the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, visiting Washington, DC, and trekking home via other stops. We're learning a lot about our new travel method and finding it to be greener and more budget-savvy than we ever thought possible. I've posted some tips for those of you hoping to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway with your dogs to enjoy the Fall colors.  Watch for more articles to come about our experiences.

Now let's get to today's Fido's Freebie Friday. Bloggers are invited to list below 
their currently open giveaways, freebies, and prizes for pets and pet lovers so that readers may visit and explore items to win. You can help to get more awareness by sharing the badge you see in the top of my post. Feel free to put it in your sidebar, if you wish, but don't feel obligated.

Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4:00 PM ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing.  Link up anytime during the week--24/7. We make it easy to be seen here by keeping our rules simple:

•You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an expiration date.

•Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or services, including pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
You'll find assistance at our HELP PAGE, where there is other useful information for bloggers doing giveaways and reviews. Your hosts are All Things Dog Blog, DogTipper and To Dog With Love

Happy shopping! 

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Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. All Things Dog Blog, DogTipper, and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet product giveaways to be offered. Please consult All Things Dog Blog's Giveaway and Contest Rules for more detail. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tips: Dogs Doing the Blue Ridge

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
(c) All Things Dog Blog
Linville Falls is a Short 3-Mile Hike

The All Things Dog Blog crew is fresh off a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway from end to end, just before the rush of visitors arrive for the Autumn colors. If you plan to head there for Fall fun, here are a few things we think you'll want to know:
  • Yes, your dog is welcome on the Blue Ridge Parkway, while kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. Don't forget the poop bags :)
  • Just because the pullover doesn't look exciting, don't skip it. There are some hidden gems on those pathways that lead to the overlooks that are often well worth your time.
  • There's no cell signal along 95% of the parkway, so prepare for a welcome chance to get unplugged. Check your email and voicemail before heading into the mountains and charge up your devices as well as your camera. You'll want backups. I ran my phone battery down every day by taking pictures. 
  • Very few visitor centers offer food so prepare a picnic for your day trip or a cooler of food if you're camping. Bring plenty of water and food for you and your dog.
  • In my humble opinion, the Great Smokey Mountains are mis-named. The "smoke" is actually clouds that hover low and tend to be a driving hazard on some days. At times we were driving only 20 mph due to bad visibility, but this problem is patchy. It won't impede the entire trip. Plan extra time to assure you make it to your destination safely and in time. 
  • Remember to carry water and first aid supplies for all participants. You'll find a travel first aid kit for dogs at, that attaches to your belt. Very handy!
  • Finally, save some time to relax and bond with your dog along the way. He'll enjoy the hikes as much as a picnic under a tree. I managed to find a few chances to pull out my yoga mat and relax. What an amazing experience this was; watch for more on this topic.
Happy travels,

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