ActiverainPhotoBloggerContest - The Cardiologist's Prescription: Walk Your Dog!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827

I had a checkup with my cardiologist, Dr. Gregory Henes, the other day. The topic of my physical activity and exercise regimen came up, like it always does. Like always his answer was more and more exercise.

However, this time I said that I am now able to walk our dog, which I couldn’t do until recently (that’s a topic for another blog post, another day, but suffice for now to read the prelude here)

Dr. Henes jumped on the opportunity and asked “How long do the walks last?”

“About half an hour,” I replied.

“How many times a week?” he quickly countered.

“Once or twice,” I returned the volley.

“You need to walk the dog every day!” he prescribed.

So I got my marching orders, or should I say my walking orders from the doctor.Ellie sprinting

Ellie, our black lab, is now a part of my cardio workout regimen. She thinks it’s her job to sniff every lamp post, test every puddle, chase every squirrel, and scare every duck in the man made lake next to a nearby office complex. She also thinks she needs jump in and play with the swans, but that stops when they spread their wings and hiss at her, as seen in this prior post.

Ellie doesn’t know her new purpose is to get me back in shape.

Or does she?

Dogs are known to be early warning systems for an array of health problems. Ellie senses when someone is sick in our household. Her behavior becomes more subdued, she will sit like a vigilant sentinel next to someone who needs help.

When we let her loose in a nearby park she’ll gallop towards me then run away, taunting me, “Come on Dave, sprint with me, you can do it!”

This picture captures her energy in motion, shiny coat, smile on her face, beckoning “Let’s get with the exercise program!”

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Dave Halpern, Realtor

The Dave Halpern Real Estate Group

Keller Williams Realty Louisville East

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Rainer
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Judi Boad
ACCURATE REALTY GROUP - Seattle, WA

Hi Dave~

I to am thankful for medical capabilities these days. I had open heart surgery for mitral valve replacement almost two years ago. My feisty Jack Russell puppy laid patiently by my side for months while I recovered.

Needless to say, he gets several long walks a day and we take him to special places like the beach or dog park, where I walk as well.

Your story and photo were precious to me...

living in seattle

Best regards,

May 07, 2011 04:19 AM #5
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Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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I love the title on your post.  I saw it while commenting on one of Gary Wotal's posts.  I just had to see what you wrote.   Looking at the picture, it looks like Ellie would love to get you involved in running.     

Great post! 

May 07, 2011 04:54 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I remember a friend, who was told to walk the dog.  So she sat in a lawnchair in the evening, and moved a beam of light from her  flashlight back and forth across the lawn, while her dog chased it.  The dog was in great shape. . .My friend - Not so much:-)

May 07, 2011 06:00 AM #7
Rainer
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Cory Barbee
San Diego, CA
Broker (760) 563-4022

Awesome..and you get the best of both worlds..quality time with a great friend and a little PT to go along with it!

May 07, 2011 06:11 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

William - Yes, the extra senses of dogs are amazing

Judi - It is uncanny how they become supportive. The picture of your Jack Russell is too cute!

Sondra - It will take a while before I can sprint with her

Myrl - LOL! Your friend found a loophole! She walked the dog but didn't walk WITH the dog.

 

May 07, 2011 06:26 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Dogs do help keep you active.. They are a major incentive for me to walk and walk and walk.  Recently I had an injury and couldn't walk for six months.  I am now working the weight off that I gained during that time.  Its amazing how much that played a role in my fitness...

May 07, 2011 06:27 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Ruthmarie - dog owners live longer, no surprise

May 07, 2011 06:47 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Dave,  How ironic.  We also have a lab ( mix ) and I walk her around a nearby golf course.  Bad pumps run in our family and i've spent some time in the local cardiac unit.  Do what the Doc says !

May 07, 2011 07:44 AM #12
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Dave - I too walk my dogs - everyday!  Depending on my schedule, sometimes I walk them all at once or sometimes, I walk them one by one.  Either way, I get my daily exercise.

May 08, 2011 04:15 PM #13
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Haven't ventured into the world of pet ownership just yet with a dog. Look forward to it in the future. I really would love to have an Austrailian Shepherd one day and with their energy levels I have to make sure I'll have the time for daily exercise!

May 09, 2011 01:23 AM #14
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
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Dave, exercise is always easier when you have a partner.  It appears you have the partner... so now excuses, get out there and do it.  Good Luck with the photo contest.

May 09, 2011 03:29 AM #15
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Good evening, Dave. Great story for the photoblogger contest. I can relate to the black labs as I have had several of these companions...

May 09, 2011 01:48 PM #16
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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Energy filled indeed!  We have to get out more and RUN our dog. She just walks along...trots when i go faster and just about had it by time I get home (me too)

May 10, 2011 06:21 AM #17
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Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

Ellie is full of energy.  During her life as other dogs do, she will chase cats, squirrels and birds, bury bones, raise a family of her own, warn of danger, and protect you and your family.  Quite a life!

May 11, 2011 12:10 PM #18
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Dave...Good for you and Ellie.  I know some folks that ride in golf carts with their dogs running along next to them on a leash.  Dogs are in pretty good shape.

Kate

May 11, 2011 03:07 PM #19
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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I'm happy to have dogs that love to go for walks too.  There's no excuse when you see them sitting there expectantly... and you just have to do it.

May 13, 2011 05:03 PM #20
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Dave~

Our Golden saved my life last winter...I fell on the ice and passed out...she kept licking my face, barking and nudging me out of the snow bank in 10 degree weather...As I read your story, I felt tears of understanding...and an open heart. THX so much for sharing. I LOVE DOGS! (especially ours)

May 14, 2011 06:13 AM #21
Rainmaker
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Dogs are great and a wonderful companion. I also photoblogged about my best friend.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2296282/activerain-photobloggercontest-man-s-best-friend-

 

May 17, 2011 07:55 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dogs are great! They make sure you don't oversleep. They remind you to eat and drink every day. They make sure you clean your house. They make you pay attention to noises you ordinarily wouldn't hear. And they keep you physically fit!

Great story and photo of th dog!

Patricia

May 17, 2011 04:45 PM #23
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Andre R. Aragon
Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Photographer

Hi Dave - Yup Dogs are the Best! Like Patricia wrote above - LOL!

Seriously - we hike with our dog nearly every weekend - he's a Golden/Bernard. His positive energy and spirit enhance every part of our day and make the big mountains we have to climb seem much easier.

Good luck with your new regiment. Never Never Never Give Up! ~WC - Love it!

Lyon Hike

May 19, 2011 01:16 AM #24
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