Thursday, March 04, 2010

A Week of Firsts

Monday night I decided to try my very first Bikram Yoga class. A 110 degree room with at least 40% humidity for an hour and half equals MAJOR calorie burn! I've been doing Hatha Yoga on and off for 6 or 7 years now...but not enough to attain significant flexibility. I decided to try it because I was told by some of the other members of the gym that if I had been doing Yoga for quite some time then I'd be fine...nothing to worry about. Turns out, they were right! I wasn't a pro or anything....far from it! But, there were some people in the class who hadn't ever taken a yoga class at all. I was sweating more than I ever have! I'd try and grab my leg for a pose and couldn't get a grip to save my life! I decided to see how many calories a class like that could torch....up to 920 calories for a girl of my weight!!!! That's worth going more than once a week for sure!!!!

In other news, I also had my orientation to be a volunteer dog walker at the York County SPCA this week. I'm pretty excited about it because there are so many dogs out there and not enough people to care for them. It really puts it into perspective when you think of it this way:
There are over 70 dogs kept in indoor kennels, on some days anywhere from 3-6 volunteers MAY show up to help walk these dogs. The walks given by volunteers and staff members are the only opportunity the dog has to go to the restroom and really stretch its legs (unless they want to poo where they eat...and you know what they say about that). Ideally each dog would need the opportunity to go to the bathroom 3 times a day or more.....is the math starting to add up?!? There just aren't enough volunteers to give these dogs the attention they need. So, I'm willing to do what I can to help make these dogs stay at the shelter and little bit more comfortable. They take things pretty seriously at the YSPCA so you have to complete several weeks of training to be able to walk all of the dogs at the shelter.
During orientation the subject of euthanization was brought up. There were some VERY opinionated people in the bunch. I kept to myself about it....of course I'm not an advocate of it...but I also understand that there are things that I just don't know about the workings of a city run shelter. I'm sure there has to be TONS of red tape. The staff was only trying to prepare us for the possibility that a dog we have bonded with could fall to that fate. But, they also said that you had the OPTION to find out if the dog was either adopted or euthanized. I made my decision right then and there. I would NOT be asking about the fate of my dogs if I come in to an empty cage one day. I have decided that I am going to celebrate the life of the dog and be happy for it because I know that it was adopted...whether by a living, breathing family or by god. Their life in heaven has got to be better than what they have been through.
We got to walk a couple of dogs on our first day and despite the cold weather it was truly a joyful experience. It felt good to help out and I think the dogs were helping me out as well.
Until then.....

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