Bo dishes on his diet and shares primo Poodle work-out video
Monday, Dad popped into the East Room to congratulate the winners of Mom's first ever healthy recipe contest at the Kids' State Dinner and just had to go and spill the beans on my diet (mmm, some red beans and rice sound mighty tasty).
Way to go Daddy-O...I thought my caloric cutback was a matter of national security and therefore top secret. Next thing I know, the Net is bubbling with news of my ample anatomy, referring to my fan-flippin-tastic physique as "pudgy," "plump," and even "portly." Step back Jack!
I confess there was an instance when I was chasing my squirrel buddy on the South Lawn and my derrière got wedged between two closely set trees. That's when I knew it was time to seek guidance from my personal Yoda of physical fitness, Mama Obama.
Mama-O taught me about the health risks a few extra pounds can cause (arthritis, heart disease, diabetes), and the importance of striking a balance between diet and exercise. I thought there was just more of me to love!
Here are some of the tips I picked-up...
Exercising can be fun! And dig this, you're not only burning calories every time you play fetch with your human, you're also releasing endorphins that make you feel happy and calm. Now keep this tip on the QT - playing with you is also good for your humans!
More great ways to exercise are: swimming, running, tug-of-war, Frisbee, flyball, hiking, and soccer.
Now this is my kind of exercise class! Check-out the poodlicious vixens in this work-out video. Rrrrruff!
These tips are tough but we can do it gang!
- Bark a polite "No thank you!" when your human offers you table scraps
- Encourage your peeps to replace those beef jerky treats with some nice carrots, broccoli, peas, asparagus, or ice cubes with bits of fruit in them (I know, I know...)
- Substitute that second helping of kibble with some dog/human cuddle time
Hang in there my fine furry friends, before you know it you'll have regained the figure of your youth and have that dog park dolly (or dude) panting like a dog.