Last night the kids and I took our little dog Beatrice to puppy training. Beatrice is French Bulldog and while she’s nice, she doesn’t like to listen much. After a bunch of training exercises, which Beatrice half assed, we all sat down to let the puppies play and listen to the trainer.
The information he gave us was interesting. When to fix your dog, foods to eat, things to stay away from, but what caught my attention was the food and exercise side of things.
The trainer told us about how important it was for the dogs to walk and play because their exercise was so important. He told us to feed our dogs raw food if possible and all the kinds of dog food to stay away from. Everyone listened, took notes and promised to do what he said.
In what crazy world do we live in that we care so much for feeding our pets, making sure they get lots of play and don’t care about our own bodies or children’s bodies?!!
We were the only family there that was fit. Everyone else looked unhealthy. Most were overweight. Some smelled of smoke. The trainers both were very unfit, and both were way over weight.
I don’t point this out because I’m prejudged against people who are unfit. I point it out because these people will care for their dogs incredibly well. They will feed them only the best food, walk them, and make play dates for them.
But they will ignore their own health and fitness completely!
It’s time we take care of our bodies and our families the way we take care of our pets! It’s time to give a damn about our health!
If you can do it for your pet, you sure as hell can do it for yourself and your family!
Devin Sherrington was named number 2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.