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Oct 14, 2015 8:49 PM

So I take care of my almost-4-year-old granddaughter and a ridiculous huge 6-month-old Golden Retriever every day. Even on days my daughter isn't working, I still am mostly in charge of Leonie (grandbaby) and Tucker the dog. Well, he's my dog, so of course I'm in charge of him. Tucker has been digging up my yard and there are holes everywhere, getting deeper all the time.

One thing I read is that dogs dig when they're bored. So for the past 2 days, I've been taking both of them for a walk to wear them out. I have RA in both feet and my hands, and dealt with bursitis in my hips previously. We don't walk fast, to say the least. I know I'm terribly deconditioned, but want and need to do this for all of us.

Now, after 2 days of walking, my hips and feet are screaming in pain. I've been using prescription pain cream, but it isn't helping much. I don't want to stop walking, because we all need it. Can anyone recommend anything that might help?

Oct 14, 2015 9:18 PM

Crankypants, I'm so sorry that walking has flared your bursitis. At least that's what it seems like. Walking can cause my bursitis to flare, and if ice (frozen rice filled socks) and voltaren gel doesn't calm mine I go get a cortisone shot. Have you tried an Epsom salt bath soak? I can't get in or out of a tub so I can't do a soak. Maybe you should cut off a third to half the distance while it calms and your body gets use to it. Are you stretching before you walk? That's important, before and after. Hugs & a prayer it will calm down. 🙏🌼

Oct 14, 2015 10:24 PM

Thanks for your thoughts, Flappys! I'm pretty sure trying to get into my tub would be a dangerous proposition. I think you're right about cutting the distance we're walking. Or maybe walk one day and just play fetch in the yard the next day. I've been using Voltaren, but it doesn't work as well as my almost-gone marijuana cream. I haven't been stretching! What a great idea! So, here's the new plan: walk every other day, stretch first, and go to the pot shop to buy more cream.

Thank you so much for your advice, Flappys! I really appreciate it!

Oct 15, 2015 11:17 AM

You're welcome. I'm on a slow and steady pace after a year of heart & lung scares... Minor problems I can work around, with new asthma meds. But I'm completely deconditioned after 5 years of constant problems. I can't even last to walk through Walmart or Kroger! My daughter has loaned me a treadmill, so I'm going slow and steady, at least 3-4 days a week. I bought one of those foot stretchers, the one you rock back on your heal or forward on the toes... It works! Good luck to better physical health, to both of us and anyone else exercising 🙏🌼

Oct 16, 2015 10:10 AM

Why have we got to go through extra pain to exercise in the first place.. I try to do stuff and end up in mire pain but they say it's good for us huh? I also have CFS so that defeats object as I'm wiped out after any little movement.

Oct 16, 2015 6:35 PM

Dolph1nmum, it does seem counterproductive. I exercised up until last year doing aerobics and a stationary bike. I felt so much better, but then developed symptoms suggestive of a heart or lung problems. It took 6-8 months to figure out it was my asthma meds and allergy shots. When I started back, walking a treadmill, only 10 minutes a day. I've slowly worked to several times a day (when I feel up to it). On days I don't feel up to it I skip it. But I do feel better when I can walk. Before I was walking all I was doing was gentle stretches. 🙏🌼

Oct 17, 2015 7:39 AM

Crankypants, if you need to take the dog for walks to tire him out, you can do a couple of things. One, put the dog on a treadmill. Hook the leash on there and the dog can run for 30 minutes and that should help. I don't know if you cab ride a bike but you can hold the leash and ride the bike so he has to run and there is no impact on your joints. If that is not an option, sit in the yard and throw a ball for him to chase. That should tire him out as well. I have a neighbor that walks her dog miles a day and plays ball, etc. and the dog still dogs holes. It's not necessarily boredom. Some dogs just dig. I hope one of the solutions I have given you works and takes some of the pressure off of you. Days your daughter isn't working, let her take responsibility for her child and let her take the dog for a walk. You shouldn't have to do everything every day!! Good luck and sending you {{{Hugs}}} and prayers. 🌻🙏🏻

Oct 17, 2015 7:45 AM

Cranky, yes goldens are known to be diggers. One thing that also might tire him out and I don't know what kind of climate you have, but they LOVE to swim. If you can find a place, please try swimming with him. It will wear him out eventually.

Oct 17, 2015 9:45 AM

AlwayZ mentioned the treadmill and it reminded me of a YouTube video... It's a bulldog walking a few steps on a treadmill then sitting down. As soon as the owner says, "you're gonna fall off," the dog starts walking the treadmill again. It's so cute I just had to share! 🙏🌼

Oct 17, 2015 9:46 AM

I saw that too... Hysterical!! But, for folks that can't walk their dogs and the dogs are hyper or bored, the treadmill really helps.

Oct 17, 2015 7:46 PM

Mine won't go near the treadmill except when it's unplugged. He sleeps on it! Lol 🙏🌼

Oct 18, 2015 11:34 AM

LMAO Flappsy!! That's too funny.

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