K9 Kamp Challenge #4: White Girls Can’t Jump

As the weather has looked like this:

for the past four or five days, I don’t have many photos of Shiva and I jumping around our local park for this week’s challenge. But rest assured, we made proper fools of ourselves. Normally I hate this time of year, when it grows dark before seven pm. K9 “Boot” Kamp has made me grateful for early nightfall. The lower the light, the less my neighbours can heckle. I get enough of that from my dog.

I expected the challenges to get harder and more complicated but I really felt like I was set up for extreme failure with this one. Last week’s tugging was bad enough, but to attempt to keep up with my dog at jumping? That’s just… Not going to happen. She’s practically a professional!

As a human, I don’t spend a lot of time in the air. I haven’t played jump rope in at least a decade and a half. Before we began, I had to teach myself how to jump all over again. It sounds like a simple concept, I know, and it’s something I ask of my dog all the time. Bend your knees, balance on your toes, and hop! Apparently jumping as an out of shape human requires great amounts of coordination I just don’t have. But what a work out! My thighs, my calves, my feet, my derriere, everything is still sore! How does Shiva do it?

My dog can jump much higher than my two legs can dream so I searched for a spot that would be more difficult for her, yet still low enough for me. Unsurprisingly, Shiva quickly grew bored with the whole up-on-the-step-and-then-down-again routine. Since I was struggling to get a handle on the mechanics of it, Shiva decided to increase the challenge by jumping on me! She may have intended for this to be motivating.

It wasn’t.

But I was proud of myself. Rather than giving up, or throttling her, I took advantage of the sprinting section of the challenge in hopes the run would get her head back together. When we tried again, I just got her to perform vertical jumps while I s over sweat over the curb. We still had half an hour left and I was exhausted. So we headed to the playground and goofed around on the equipment, jumping up and down the various levels. Was this cheating?

Probably.

Do I care?

Heck, no.

Overall, Shiva did a lot more work than I did. Especially during the five hour agility workshop we attended the next day. But hey, I’m the one with the treats. It’s only fair. She has to earn her keep every once in a while.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go back to sitting on an ice pack.

Only one more challenge left! I think I might live through this thing after all. Check out the updates from my fellow Kampers on Kolchak and Peggy’s blogs!

13 thoughts on “K9 Kamp Challenge #4: White Girls Can’t Jump

  1. It’s amazing how, as adults, we forget how to jump. I guess neither of us were teenage cheerleaders, either!

    It’s heat for muscle pain, ice for swelling. Maybe you want to sit on a hot water bottle. 🙂

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  2. haha, i love the looks I’ve been getting from passers-by when I’m doing things for the challenge! it’s the half-scared, half-amused “WTF is she doing?!” look as I run haphazardly through a field, or cheer Gwynn on as he jumps on the playset (i did that too, and it’s awesome, and totally not cheating… i hope :P). Sounds like you went far more hardcore than we did, though. i was winded by our exercise, but probably could have pushed a bit more.

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  3. You forget how to jump? I used to skip to supplement going to the gym, I should start doing it again. Good high intensity exercise so you don’t have to do it for very long 😉

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  4. Haha good job on the challenge, I couldnt jump more than a few mins. Haylie loves to jump on stuff and off of stuff. She knows the up and down command great . Fred not so much he hates jumping.

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  5. I’m with you on the plus side of it being dark early….no nosy neighbors watching us embarass ourselves!!

    I’m pretty sure I would collapse long before Tahsis even started panting if we were to do this.

    Good for you!

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  6. Hi! I’m back! Did you miss me? I missed you!

    Oooooo…this looks super fun! I would LUV to see my mom jumping around like that.

    And when Shiva was jumping on you, I’m pretty sure she was just trying to help you out by showing you how it’s done. She should get extra treats for that.

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

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  7. Good to hear about the story and seems it’s kind of interesting activity. It’s amazing how, as adults, we forget how to jump. I agree too that it’s heat for muscle pain, ice for swelling. Thank you!

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  8. I love these posts 🙂 Glad you and Shiva are having fun with it! That reminds me . .I was going to post some of the pictures from the Warrior Dash (which I did instead of this challenge!!)

    The only bummer about it being dark . .we don’t get to see any pictures!!!

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  9. Its been raining nonstop in Vegas. Good thing Ive been at work and the hubs has had to deal with the monsters 😉

    Kari
    dogisgodinreverse.com

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  10. Jumping around on the playground is totally not cheating. It’s taking the challenge all the way to awesome. I feel like we jumped a marathon last week. I can *barely move*. I have muscles in my lower areas that hurt that I didn’t even know existed. Awful. Just awful. Whoever designed these challenges must have been insane. ;0) Last week. I think you’re going to make it – and really, you and Shiva have been doing GREAT!

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