Friday, September 3, 2010

Pooches: Dogs & Yoga Mats

I mentioned before how I'm in the midst of training for the Chicago Marathon, and I had high hopes that the pooches would want to run with me. Unfortunately, with the hot and humid summer the dogs have been doing more sleeping than running.
In yet another attempt to foil my training, Miss M has also been hijacking my yoga mat. Every time I unfurl the mat for my after-run stretch, I turn around to this:
I think there is something about the spongy material that she just really likes. Needless to say, she is quite stubborn and it's really hard to move her off. She also thinks when I'm lying on the ground stretching, this is the perfect time to sit on me.
I have made some modifications and started to use her as a type of "yoga brick"; since my legs are so tight I can barely touch the floor, so it's nice to have her for balance when I attempt to touch the ground.
I think a yoga mat would actually be a good "bed" for dogs who might chew a regular bed, or have accidents in their crate. It would be really easy to wipe down, and still provide padding. I tested it out in Miss M's bed, and she sprung right in so she could lay on it. She still refused to move:At the same time, I've seen her practicing her moves around the house: "Downward Dog"Probably so she could pretend she's a natural on the mat:

37 comments:

Two Crazy Coaches said...

Miss M's just really into yoga right now. She's knows it's the cool thing to do. I think you should find one of those classes where you can taker with you and do yoga together. She'd be perfect for it!

Hound Girl said...

Crouching Miss M is what we will call her :)

I just got a great idea for my training for the teeth brushing and ear cleaning - instead of using the towel im going to use my yoga mat that is collecting dust in my closet! Thank you for the awesome idea!!

Mack said...

Actually, I think she should put out a Doga DVD!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Seems like you need to buy another yoga mat! Ms. M is never giving that one up now :)

Doc Sinister said...

I love these pictures. Miss M has such an expressive face. Her grin just makes me smile :)

jen said...

I love Miss M's yoga style:)

heartsong said...

That face--That face--I luv that face!

Yoga mats are great for doggies. I cut one in two and keep them in the car so when me and the boys go somewhere and sit outside, they lay on them instead of the cement.

I also use them to line their crates too!

Corbin said...

Hehe, I like to eat moms yoga mat...
-Corbin

road-dog-tales said...

You could start your own yoga studio and name it "It's a Pittie" Yoga. BOL! Okay, so we're corny. Cooper does yoga stretches just like Ms. M! He and Taz are very stretchy. Must be the terrier in 'em. Mom has one of those spongy mat thingys, but she keeps it safely hidden in the closet most of the time. BOL! Ms. M is very good not to chew that up. Cooper would have had it in shreds in two seconds. He likes to chew spongy things.
The Road Dogs

Life with 5 dogs said...

Way to go Miss M! Love your Dogward Dog Pose. Have a Wonderful Day!

Kari in WeHo said...

Mesa loves to play with me when I try and stretch. We have to put out a bath mat each time we shower (if we leave it out Big Carl wants to mark it, gross) and every time I step out of the shower I see Mesa curled up on it and she refuses to move


Don't forget, we moved to http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Brooklyn Book Lover said...

Whenever I need a bit of cheering up, I visit your blog. Your photos always make me smile.

Roo said...

Miss M looks like a natural Yoga Dog :) Those are some of the happiest expressions I've seen her with yet!

Thinkin Mom's gonna have to buy another mat for herself ;)
Roo

Kitty+Coco said...

Ms. M. you are so funny. Kitty would just sit right on me too. Then a Coco would come along and wedge herself somewhere in the mix. The floor IS their territory I guess.
Purple is her color! Very pretty.

Laura and Hans said...

Miss M is such a ham and so photogenic! But I hear where you're coming from; trying to move a pitty who doesn't want to be moved? Impossible!

Two Pitbulls said...

What a great idea! My yoga mat is also collecting dust in the closet. Maybe there's a chance that Ender will turn into a Yogi and calm down. haha.

Traci said...

Ms. M is hilarious - she has very good form with her downward dog - haha! I agree with others that you should take her to a doggie yoga class. Although she might just want to lie on the mat rather than actually participate :)

jet said...

So cute. My dogs both want to get involved when I do any stretching on the floor also.

houndstooth said...

I keep meaning to get around to doing a yoga post for our blog, but I think Miss M has the cuteness factor in spades. Maybe you need to get a second yoga mat and fake her out!

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Purple do be a furry fetching color for Miss M. She did a nice job commanding control of that doga mat. It's the only way us dogs can get stuffs.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

HAHAHA!!!! Actually, when Mom is doing her 'core' exercises, I find that it is the perfect time to lick her face, because I've got a captive audience! Mom doesn't seem to appreciate it, but really, what's a girl to do when Mom's face is at the perfect licking level?

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Cate said...

Oh thanks for the big smile tonight! She looks so cheeky and a lot of fun! Great pics :)

Felissa Hadas said...

Oh my goodness looks like you are going to have to go out and get a few more mats so they can be all over the house and you can have one for Yoga. They are obviously comfy and do look great in the crate.

Davinia and Indiana
www.twolittlecavaliers.blogspot.com

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! A marathon that's great. years ago, my mom was training n she got hurt ... so be extra careful n hoping for a great weather. Miss M that's great Downward Dog.

Those Elgin Pugs said...

HA HA HA!!! Oh Miss M!! You is cutes wits yous Yoga moves!!

Good idea to puts 'dat mat in 'dat crate 'cuz it would be super comfy, we's must pass 'dat info along to our pawrents too!! IzZY ates her pet bed once in protest of Mommy's new job she had a few years ago 'dat took her out of 'da house for a while.

Mommy came homes to fluff's evfurwheres...

Good lucks wits 'da training of 'da marathon...

Hugs!!
IzZY, Josie and Anakin Man

IHateToast said...

yoga mats are so popular here that i have to make sure i don't step back on to a pup when playing wii active or fit. it's lost on me and i have heaps more cushion.

(from pet hop.)

RiverDog Prints said...

With four on the floor, it's hard for a dog to resist joining in. I think they think we're finally getting a clue on how to behave properly.

Pup Fan said...

Too funny! I wonder if my pup would like my yoga mat.

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy blog hop!

http://istillwantmorepuppies.blogspot.com

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

Aww that is precious!

brooke said...

Miss M is too cute! I love her face! She looks like a pro doward dogging on that mat!

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Very cute!

Thor said...

Miss M is so cute! Have a wonderful weekend!

Rescued Pittie Family said...

Ms. M is just awesome! Can't believe she is a rescue! My goodness she is just the perfect little pittie. And that face! Love that face!

H Ski said...

Miss M has great form.

I saw you commented on my blog about the sporn harness. The harness as fabric sherpa sleeves to prevent chaffing. They are washable and replaceable. You could even make you own if you wanted something with more padding.

Have a great long weekend!

Roo said...

Happy Labor Day! Just droppin by to let you know I gave you an award today. Feel free to stop by and pick it up :)

Roo

bitt said...

I've caught my pup doing downward dog on my yoga mat too. :-)

New reader here, love your blog! I have one pittie and she's the best!!

Nina Chiofalo said...

This is my first comment to this wonderful blog. I have a 14 year old rescue Pitty named Dino and live in NYC.
Dino has an issue with beds… if noone is there to tuck him in he will shred every bed …until I finally found the solution : Workoutmats!!! they are even better than the yoga mat cause they are thicker. You can get them at any sporting good store for 20.- I cut them to size and then cover them with crochet blankets, a miracle fabric that Dino cannot tear into...

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