Get Moving with your Pet

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to get moving! We’ve got a lot to learn from our pets on ways to do it.

For instance, any of you who have dogs, know we have to get moving every day to take them out for their walks and outside time. It’s the perfect opportunity for us because for them to get moving, we have to get moving.

But we can change it up; we don’t have to take the same route, we can venture out onto the fabulous trails we have in Prescott, we can hit the square downtown or explore new parts of our neighborhoods.

We can also get moving with our dogs in a more nontraditional way — hit the road for a mini road trip!

My dog loves going for rides. When I was thinking about things I want to do for myself in the new year, I decided I wanted to just take some time to get out and enjoy Northern Arizona. I haven’t been through Oak Creek Canyon or to Flagstaff in years, and there are so many beautiful areas to see and explore with Cassidy Roo.

It’s good for her and me to just unplug for a couple of hours and do something together. I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I’m a fan of “lists.” So, mine is already started on where we’re road tripping, and my goal is to have one mini road trip per month.

For those of us who have cats the options are a little less for “get moving.” But recently when I came across the play toys on a stick, I spent about a half hour running around my apartment with it and making them crazy and adding a little laughter to my day.

We were ready for a nap, so we all “got moving” to my bedroom where we enjoyed a much-needed catnap. Naps are a great way to regenerate and once you wake up, you’re ready to get moving with the rest of your day!

However you decide to “get moving,” if you’re looking for a furry friend to do it with, there are a lot of precious pets hoping to “get moving” with you at Yavapai Humane Society. Visit to check out all the animals waiting for you.