FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: DEXTER’S ANNIVERSARY February 21, 2015Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
With regard to the weather, it was a mixed week. The creek crossing did not flow, Dexter and Hannah discovered the pool below the wall. Leaches were back in action.
Dexter celebrated nine years – now that seems quick, albeit eventful and challenging from time to time. It was somewhat disconcerting when he was heading toward the highway, but he was happy to get in the car. Recently, he has not gone walkabout because his options have been blocked. There have been a few run-ins but somehow we have survived those incidents.
Much like Hannah, he is still going strong.He is more easily photographed than Hannah, disadvantage of mostly black dog. However she is not depressed. Far from it. A few too many photos were left in the final mix. The music is “Succotash” by Silent Partner:
There is a suggestion that dogs have much to teach us. Perhaps, I have not been paying attention.
A doctor is not impressed with my walking the dogs – a case of not adducing the relevant information. There are pros and cons. However a leisurely walk is said to be beneficial. Norman Doidge writes:
Regular exercise, such as walking, has been shown to be a key factor in reducing the risk of dementia by 60%. One reason may be that when animals go on very long walks it is usually to seek out a new, unexplored territory in which to live – because they are fleeing a predator, or because food has run out where they live. The brain, in anticipation of the fact that the animal is going to have to learn a lot about this new territory, releases growth factors, which act like growth-promoting fertiliser in the brain, allowing it to build connections between cells more easily as it learns.
Steady walking has the same effect on us, putting our brains in a more neuroplastic state. Brutal exercise is not needed: the amount required to contribute to a lower risk of dementia is walking two miles[3.2km], or cycling 10 miles, five days a week.
Dogs probably require a greater distance to walk than humans – or perhaps they are adaptable. We are doing less than the prescribed three kilometers.
Time is subjective. If Enya is right the next step is “into the stars” then time and distance become unimaginable. Nonetheless time has passed both Dexter and me: