I decided to use my two beagles, Roxy and Kerry as my fitness devices. Here’s why they work so well in this capacity:
1. They are very demanding and have a great sense of time. This means that if I want to sleep in on Saturday instead of going for a walk – I can’t. They jump up on the bed at 7:00 am and remind me, TIME TO WAKE UP and go for a walk.
2. They can run for miles. A vet friend once told me, you can’t wear out a beagle. The vet was right. Kerry, especially, can walk and jog for 6 miles and then look at me like, “Why are you stopping? I could keep this up for another 10 miles”.
3. They keep you on a regular bedtime. Think of the morning routine in reverse.
Now I’m sitting in the family room working away on my laptop and it’s 11:30pm. Roxy knows it’s past her bedtime, so can starts walking back and forth from where I’m sitting toward the bedroom. She can do this 10 times, OR MORE, until I get the hint, turn off the laptop and head to bed.
4. They appreciate yoga. My beagles get so excited when they see the yoga mats come out. They know it’s going to generate some negative ions, or maybe they just like the scented candles, so they lay down on the bed to enjoy watching me twisting and sweating, while they drop into a deep REM sleep, often with snoring.
I highly recommend beagles as fitness props, fitness devices, best friends and bed warmers. If you’d like to add a beagle to your fitness routine, you can start at