I’ve been feeling a little like I’m trudging uphill through mud lately. No particular reason (that I can figure out anyway). I’m just not very motivated. I’m going through the motions. I’m working out every morning. I’m taking my kids to the park and playing with them every evening. But…I’d rather be sleeping.
Then it hit me. I always work out in the morning. I always take my kids to the park in the evening. It’s a boring routine. I need to spice up my activity to gain real benefit from it and to stick with it. Maybe I should get a dog! That would keep me motivated, and every day would be different! New places to go walking. New people to meet. I’d be exercising and having fun! But wait, I can’t get a dog. We have allergy issues. Not to mention the fact that we have no time to look after a dog. It’s such a huge commitment.
Then I heard about a company called DogVacay and I thought, “What a FANTASTIC idea!” A vacation for dogs!
What DogVacay does is match up dog owners with dog boarders (people willing to take in a dog or two for a short period of time).
For the dog owner, this is a great way to have your pup looked after while you’re out of town, and it’s cheaper than the kennel. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that your pup is in a real home being cared for by animal lovers and not stuck in a cage at a kennel.
For dog boarders, it’s a great way to enjoy the benefits of having a dog without all the commitment that comes with actually owning a dog. And “research shows that dog owners are significantly more active than those who don’t have dogs: they spend at least 30 more minutes exercising per week and scientists have found dogs to be superior walking partners to humans as they can’t complain or talk you out of exercising.”
Even part-time, I still don’t think I could get away with it in my house because allergies are quite severe around here. But if it weren’t for that, having a part-time dog would be a great motivator. I can just see me and the kids walking the dog, playing fetch and enjoying the sunshine together. I know my kids would love it. Animals are such fantastic motivators. And it would be a great way to teach my kids the responsibility that comes with pet ownership without having to commit long term.
If you don’t have a dog because of time commitments or other reasons, but you love dogs and would enjoy having a dog part-time, you can register with DogVacay as a host. It’s a great way to make some money, get some exercise and spend some time with man’s best friend. And signing up as a host is free!
I wish I could do this. It might be the motivator that I need!