Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fits on the Road: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

This past weekend, we travelled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

We were in Sioux Falls for our friends Paul and Laura's wedding. I wasn't really sure what to expect in Sioux Falls...I mean, it's a town of about 160,000. I suppose I thought it would be a lot of farmlands and chain restaurants.  And there was some of that. Yet I was pleasantly surprised by the charm of Sioux Falls, and I wanted to share all the details of our short weekend trip to this city!

We took Friday off of work to get in our long runs, and then we hit the road a little before lunch time. Sioux Falls is about a 4 hour drive from Minneapolis. We made a stop in Mankato for lunch, eating at Pub 500 the same place we ate back when this same Paul who was getting married won the Mankato Marathon in 2012! (Did you miss that post? Be sure to catch up HERE!)

We arrived in Sioux Falls around 3:30 pm and we checked into our room at the Sioux Falls Clubhouse Hotel and Suites. Our room was quite large, with two separate rooms- one with a king bed, one with a pull-out couch, small kitchenette, and living room area.

After we settled into our room, we had some time to kill, so we walked across the street to check out "The Little Cellar Wine Company." This wine store and cafe was really cute. We received a "card" to use with the self-serve wine stations, where 4-5 whites and 4-5 reds were "on tap." You could order a taste, a half-pour, or a full glass, and you used your card to keep track of your purchases.

Dustin and I each did a few half-pours to try out a few different wines. We enjoyed hanging out on the patio before some of the other wedding guests arrived. Eventually, more people made their way to Sioux Falls. We were getting hungry, so after a few quick Yelp searches (as well as referrals back to the bride's recommendations on the wedding website) we decided to head to "A Taste of the Big Apple." The pizza here was decent and there were some locals brews available. We thoroughly enjoyed the warm August night on their patio.

Eventually, we made it back to the hotel for the Wedding Day 5k packet pickup (read more about that race HERE)

Saturday morning, we were up early for the 5k. After showers and a little lounging around, we decided it was time to explore Sioux Falls!

Our first stop, of course, was the falls after which the city is named!

The falls were much more expansive than I expected. The surrounding park was also very well-maintained. I was impressed!

After getting our fill of the falls, we headed to the historic downtown area of the city. Again, I was impressed by how well-maintained this little 3-block area was. There were lots of really cute boutiques, including the 605 Running Store.

Other mentionable boutiques included Engage Paperie, Half Baked bakery, Man Code, and CH Patiserie.

We grabbed lunch at M.B. Haskett, which was a cute little delicatessen. Dustin had a brie and prosciutto sandwich and I had a savory crepe.

After lunch, Dustin shopped a little at Man Code and found a cool sweater. This store carried a lot of upscale brands and trendy pieces and it seems like a real gem in Sioux Falls for menswear.

One of our favorite stores was CH Patiserie. We all purchased some of the colorful and flavorful macaroons from this tasty pastry store to enjoy later. They were so good!

After exploring downtown Sioux Falls, Meggan and I headed to A Perfect 10 Nail & Beauty Bar, Sioux Falls' first blow-dry bar. Nothing against this salon, as it was cute and the stylists were really nice, but I just didn't love my blow-out. The stylist tried to "pin" my hair to add the curls, and I should have been more adamant when telling her that doesn't work on my stick-straight hair. My hair NEEDS a curling iron. Yet she did the pinning method and my hair fell flat immediately. I brushed it out when I got back to the hotel and just used my flat iron quickly instead. The salon was still a nice place, with relaxing looking pedicure/manicure chairs and an affordable menu of wine and cocktails while you get pampered.

Okay. now onto the wedding!

The ceremony was held at the chapel at Augustana College and then we were shuttled out to Calico Skies winery in Iowa.

This reception setting was unbelievable- so gorgeous, and definitely worth the 40 minute drive from Sioux Falls!




I think the pictures tell a better story that I ever could. The tables in the dining room was so colorful. The photos for the table numbers were so fitting and coordinated very well with everything else.




Toasts, first dances, a bouquet toss...all the traditional pieces were there, as well as a live band. The wine was flowing as well as the beers. Such a fun night...

Big D!


Sioux Falls...you were a pleasant surprise. Paul and Laura, congrats!

I was so happy to be a part of such a special night. Cheers to the happy couple!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fit Tip Friday: Are You Ready to Train for a Marathon?

Last Friday's Fit Tip was How to Pick Your First (Or Next) Marathon, but how do you know when/if you're even ready to train for a marathon?

Notice that I didn't write are you ready to "do" a marathon, but rather whether you are ready to "train for a marathon." This is because the hardest part of a marathon is the training and that statement is coming from a girl who really loves the training.  Yet there are a lot of things to think about before you determine that you are ready to train for a marathon.




Of course, you don't have to train. Nope. You could "run" a marathon without training, but I wouldn't recommend it. Sure, it’s possible, but why? I would much rather train so that the experience is a positive one. You only have one "first" marathon experience, so I highly recommend that you train for it to make it a good one.
 
My first marathon finish line at TCM 2005 with my little sister Laurie
There's a big difference between finishing and running a marathon.  I’m not trying to be a snob about it. In fact, I’m sure some people think that my pace (around a 4 hour marathon) is not “running” either, but I do train for every marathon. In the end, it is all about what YOU want out of your first marathon. With that said, these are my tips for determining if you are ready to train!

Have you been running for at least a year?  
Some people say six months of consistent running is enough, but I would say it makes more sense to consistently run for a full year, with weekly mileage somewhere around 15-25 miles. This will get your body used to the pounding on the pavement and will hopefully allow you to work through any potential injuries, shoe problems, etc. before you make the commitment to train for a full marathon. This year of base building will give your body time to make some adjustments to prepare you for the training. It’s also a good idea that you vary your running terrain during this year, meaning that it shouldn't all be on the treadmill- try to make sure at least half of it is on pavement.

Do you have previous experience with races?
I had never run any half marathons before attempting my first full marathon, but I don’t think that was the smartest thing to do (I mean, just look back to see how that worked out)  You'll be better prepared for the marathon if you have run 1-2 half marathons first, or at least a handful of 10k's.  This experience will help you figure out if you actually even like training and racing before making such a huge commitment as a full marathon.  You will get a better sense of what’s involved with the training and race itself and to decide if you truly enjoy long distance running!

Do you have the time to train?
I could go on and on about how to fit in your training with working full time (it’s not always easy, and I don’t even have kids!) But really, you need to look at your personal life and determine if you can make the 18 week commitment to train (which is really how long you should train for to have a good first marathon). If your wife is about to have a baby, or you’re balancing school and work, or you know you have a few really big trips coming up, maybe now is not the time to register for a marathon. Some people don’t realize that marathon training is very time intensive. At times, it may even feel like a part-time job! It’s safe to assume whatever training schedule you follow will probably ask for at least 4-5 days a week and one of those days will involve hours of running (i.e. your long run).  You have to be realistic about your other responsibilities to determine if you would have the time to commit to the training. You will need to get family members on board before committing if you're going to need help with childcare and/or household responsibilities
Supporting my husband on one of his long runs. It's important to get the support
of your friends and/or family or a run club.

Can your lifestyle support it? 
Besides the time commitment, you will have to make other sacrifices to train. The long runs will take up a lot of time on either your Saturday and Sunday morning, and then there’s the recovery after the long runs. You won't be able to party hard the night before your long run, so if you're not ready to sacrifice your social calendar, you might not be ready to train for a marathon.
 
Don't worry...you can still have a beer or glass of wine when training...just don't go crazy on a Friday night!

How is your diet?
I’m the first to admit my diet isn’t perfect, but it’s relatively healthy (not a lot of processed food, plenty of fruits and vegetables). Unfortunately, you can’t expect to lose weight when you are training for a marathon, because you will need to eat. You’ll be hungry. A LOT.  You’ll need to eat, but you’ll need to eat well in order to train well. If your diet is pretty poor but you’re not ready to make some healthy changes, you may not be ready to train for a marathon.

Have you been cleared by your doctor?
Even if you don’t have a pre-existing medical conditions, you probably should get your primary care doctor's approval before beginning a marathon training program.

What are your reasons for training for a marathon?
Think about why you want to do it. Are you trying to prove something? Did someone bet you that you couldn’t? This isn’t necessarily bad, but I really think you need to want to run a marathon for YOU. You need to have the internal motivation. Do it for yourself.

Or..are you doing this because it's the “thing to do?”  I mean, it seems like all “runners” run marathons…right?  Nope. You don’t have to run one. You can still be a runner without ever training for a marathon.

Okay, so that’s a lot to consider…I hope I didn’t scare you off! I still think training for and completing a marathon is an amazing experience, one that I obviously enjoy enough to keep doing over and over again.


For something a little more brutally honest, check out THIS ARTICLE with 26 Reasons NOT to Run a Marathon from the Huffington Post!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fits Do Race Reviews: The Wedding Day 5k

This past Saturday was the wedding of our former running club coach Paul and another good running club friend Laura (So many love stories begin in the Calhoun Beach Running Club  - join today! hehe)

I plan to share more pictures from this beautiful wedding in a "Fits on the Road: Sioux Falls" post later this week, but first I want to share with you the awesomeness that was the  Wedding Day 5k!

Paul was the mastermind behind the Memorial Day Pub Run 5k, so it was no surprise that his  Wedding Day 5k was also exceptionally well-executed. He does not mess around with race planning.

The bride-to-be wore a veil paired with the Sweaty Band I gave her at her bachelorette party. So cute! 

Back to the race... It started with online registration for the low, low price of $8.23 (i.e. the wedding date 8/23!) The race fee went towards the cost of the shirts I believe, but who can argue with $8.23 for registration?? Definitely a price that fits the bill!

There was an official website HERE (<--of course there was!) with course information and more.

Course Information from the website:

The Wedding Day 5k features a flat, fast course that runs on the banks of the Big Sioux River. Along the way, participants will see the river, be tempted by an Olive Garden, probably see some geese, and enjoy the fine engineering marvels that are the 41st and 49th street bridges.
The Wedding Day 5k race committee reserves the right to change the course on a whim if deemed necessary due to trail or road construction, getting a bad feeling about this, or other reasons that we make up.
Official Course Map:
Coursemap
The race started promptly at 7 am right behind the Sioux Falls Clubhouse Hotel & Suites (where most of the wedding guests were staying for the wedding). It was extremely convenient to just wake up and walk out the back door of the hotel to the start line. The hotel was located right by the Big Sioux River trail.

Packet Pickup:
Packet pickup was held on Friday in the late afternoon and again later that night (after the rehearsal dinner of course). The gear bags included pens, pads of paper, course maps, and our official race t-shirts. Packet up was extremely easy- no line!

Race morning:
We woke up to overcast skies but temperatures in the 80's with high humidity. 

Like I mentioned in my weekly recap earlier this week, we were up kind of late on Friday and had a lot of pizza and beer at "A Taste of the Big Apple." It was hard to get up and get moving for the race, but I did get in a very short warmup.
At Taste of the Big Apple on Friday night before the 5k


Then, promptly at 7 am, we were off! 

The miles were clearly and accurately marked (picture below courtesy of Meggan at The Yoga Garage)

There was someone calling out mile splits at mile 1 (i.e. the groom's mom!) and then there was someone calling out your time at the finish line.
Even better, we received "official" results emails within an hour of finishing. And we could tweet or post our results to Facebook with a quick click of a button!


As you can see, I didn't run a PR at the Wedding Day 5k (my PR is 22:46). I wouldn't recommend lots of pizza and beer the night before a 5k. But let's be honest, the Wedding Day 5k wasn't about racing- it was about starting off this special day with running. Running was what brought Laura and Paul together, so it was only appropriate that all of their running friends celebrated by running on their wedding day. Nearly 50 people finished the 5k that morning, with more than that doing a shorter walking option. So fun!

Even though I ran slow (for me), Dustin and I still won a trophy for fastest combined time for a married couple. #proud



Great job to the race directors and planning committee. By far, the best Wedding Day 5k that I have ever done!




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tilda Tuesdays: Tips for Running in the Heat With Your Dog

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another installment of Tilda Tuesdays!

Today, I am sharing a few tips for running in the heat with your dog.

Part of why we selected the vizsla breed for our first dog because we knew they are supposed to be great running companions. It's true- Matilda loves to run, and she's a great running companion. However, in the heat of summer, I do have to be careful not to push her too hard. 
Running in the high temps is hard enough on humans. I know that I really struggle on the hot and humid days.

But can you imagine running in that same heat, while wearing a fur coat? What if you were unable to sweat, but only able to cool off through panting? What if you loved to run, but didn't understand the concept of slowing down in the heat??

Heat stroke is a real risk for dogs, and as the mercury rises, we should be on the look-out for any of these symptoms:

  • Heavy panting
  • Dark red gums
  • Tacky or dry mucus membranes (specifically the gums)
  • Lying down and unwilling or unable to get up
  • Thick saliva
  • Dizziness or disorientation


If you do suspect heat stroke, follow these tips:
  • Move your dog to a cool or shaded area and place cool, wet rags around the head and feet
  • Don't spray your dog with a hose or pour ice water on it as the extremes in temperature can cause additional problems with hypothermia.
  • Try to get your dog to drink water but don't force it to drink.
  • Get your dog to a veterinarian right away. Even if your dog seems better there could be internal damage that isn't visible


Here are some of my tips for preventing heat issues with your dog, based on my experience with Matilda:
  1. Cut back on the distance/time in the heat.When the temperatures are chilly, Matilda could run 8-10 miles and still have the energy to head to the dog park. But on really hot days, she'll wear out a lot faster and it's just too risky to take her on too long of runs. I cut back on the distance with her and I try to pay close attention to how she's doing. Is she dragging behind? Appearing to pull towards the water or shade? I take plenty of walk breaks if she seems to want them.
  2. Access to water: I always run on trails that have access to water. Fortunately, running around the Chain of Lakes offers us several water fountains and easy access to the lakes for a quick swim to cool down.  But if you don't have access to water, I recommend bringing it along with you.
  3. Adjust the time of day of your run: Run your dogs early in the morning before the sun gets high in the sky and the temperatures begin to rise. Early morning is preferable to evening as the asphalt and sidewalks won't be as hot.
  4. Summer hairstyle: If your dog has a thick coat or longer hair, consider shaving its coat once cooler night time temperatures have passed. Matilda is a vizsla, which is a very short haired breed, so we don't have to worry about this, but I'm sure it could help with other breeds.
Running with your dog can be a year round enjoyable experience, as long as you're careful.

(Stay tuned for another post when it gets colder about running with your dog in the COLD!)

Do you run with your dog? Any other tips for running in the heat? 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Recap: A Wedding 5k and Running in the Humidity.

It's Sunday, so it is time for the Weekly Recap at the Right Fits!

Let's start with fitness...

What's happening in fitness this week?
Last week, my recap included a lot of running but not a lot of cross training. This week was a little more balanced.
Monday: 1 hour long barre class at The Barre in the morning and then 7 mile run with the Calhoun Beach Running Club. I had a 20 minute tempo run in the middle of this run. My legs felt pretty tired, and I struggled to keep an 8 min/mile pace (my tempos should be closer to a 7:35-7:45).
Tuesday: 5.5 mile run with Matilda, slow recovery run
Wednesday: 1 hour strength conditioning class for runners at the Calhoun Beach Club
Thursday: 5 mile run as part of the Jeff Galloway event at Run n Fun <-- I'll share more on this later!
Friday: 16 mile long run. I started at 6 am with my friends Abby and Meggan, so you'd think we were up early enough to beat the heat. Spoiler alert..we weren't. It was a brutally sticky run and not one of my best long runs. Due to schedule constraints for the other girls (who started even earlier than me) I was on my own for the last 3 miles. My paced dropped significantly in those last three miles and I was doing more of a run/walk. I just don't do well in the heat. We ran a route that had plenty of water stops and I carried fluids in my Nathan hydration belt, but the humidity still really got to me. Additionally, my sweaty shoes were soaked through, which started to cause a lot of blisters. I'm not saying I'm ready for cold temperatures- I'm not. But I am admitting that running in the humidity is definitely a challenge.
Saturday: Wedding Day 5k <-- race recap to come! Our old run club coach Paul married his lovely wife Laura yesterday and he planned a really great Wedding Day 5k to kick off their special day with a run. The race started at 7 am because the bride and her bridesmaids needed to get going with hair and make up and whatnot. To be honest, we were up a little later than normal on Friday imbibing a bit with all the wedding guests. That 6:30 am wake up call came pretty early. I tried to do a little bit of a warm-up before we started, but really I was going from sleeping to a harder tempo-esque effort a little too quickly. However, due to Dustin's speediness, we still won the fastest combined time for a married couple!

Sunday: Most of today was spent in a car driving home from Sioux Falls. When we arrived back in Minneapolis, I figured I would either take a nap or go for a run. I went with the run option, hoping to detox some of that wine I drank over the wedding weekend.  Of course, this run was at the hottest part of the day. It was a slow and sweaty four mile run, but it did make me feel better.

Total: 6 days of running with one tempo workout and one 5k race, one strength class, and one barre class

What's happening in fitness fashion?
The Wedding Day 5k had official race shirts. They are cozy gray t-shirts that I know I will wear to lounge around the house. Someone commented that it seemed that a lot of races are moving away from technical tees and towards cozy old-school quality cotton tees. The Torchlight 5k was that way, as well as the Brian Kraft 5k...and now the Wedding Day 5k!  I like this movement in races. I have way too many technical race shirts that I never wear again, usually because they don't fit that well. It seems that more men continue to wear their old race shirts (I know that Dustin does), but not as many ladies like the ill-fitting race shirts. Keeping the cozy cotton tees coming please race directors!

What's happening in fashion?
The wedding this weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was so gorgeous. The reception was held at Calico Skies winery across the border in Iowa and it was such a beautiful location for a reception. The wine and food were so good, and I couldn't get over all the beautiful touches for the wedding<-- more pictures to come! As for fashion at this wedding, I wore the Azure Scroll Dress from Anthropologie that I mentioned in this post. I usually have a really good luck at Anthropologie for cocktail dresses, and this dress is one that I feel I will wear plenty of times in the future. The color and pattern is bright and fun, but the simple shift style keeps it classic. The necklace is also from anthropologie.

That's all from the Right Fits this week...

What are your tips for staying cool on hot and humid runs?
Have you been to Calico Skies winery?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fit Tip Friday: How to Select Your First Marathon.

So you've successfully completed your first half marathon, and you're thinking it's time to move it up a notch. Or, maybe you watched a friend run a marathon recently, and thought to yourself, "I want to do that too!" You're thinking it's time to cross "Complete a Marathon" off of your bucket list.

The problem is...how do you decide which marathon to do?

There are a lot of factors to consider.

1. Do you want to travel for your marathon? 
As you can tell from Dustin and my 50 state goal, we like to incorporate a marathon into our travels. The Berlin Marathon in 2013 (thought not one of the 50 states..who knew?) was a perfect example where we planned a trip to Europe around a destination marathon. The Newport Marathon in Oregon was another example, as we turned that marathon into an amazing week-long exploration of Oregon (such a cool state to explore! Read about that trip HERE, HERE,  HERE, and HERE!)

I definitely love a traveling marathon, but I wouldn't recommend it for your first marathon. Traveling adds another level of stress to what is already a challenging experience. For a first-time marathon, it makes more sense to select a race that is close to home. Then you can sleep in your own bed, make your own pre-race meal, and eliminate some of the inherent stress of travel on top of the stress of the marathon. Most likely, you are also more familiar with the course and the terrain of a local race. You are also better adjusted to the weather if you run a marathon close to home.

2. When do you want to train?
Some people really hate training in the cold winter, (though let me tell you, it's not so bad, as long as you have the right gear!) If so, a spring marathon might be a challenge, as most likely you'd have to start building your base in the cold months. On the other hand, maybe you can't commit to the weekend long runs in the summer- too many weddings, too many cabin weekends- I get it! If so, then a winter or spring marathon might be a better fit for you. Most training programs are about three months long with more time at the beginning to build a base if you're starting from scratch. Select your marathon accordingly based on when you want to do the training.

3. How much money do you want to spend? 
Some of the world majors like the NYC marathon are nearly $250 for registration. Add that to a potential flight and hotel and you may determine that a marathon like that is out of your budget. There are plenty of budget friendly marathons out there (Steamtown is one of my favorites, and it is only $85 for registration, and hotels are cheap in Scranton.) Do a little research into the associated costs for your selection and determine if a different marathon would fit better into your budget.

4. Consider your friends and family, a.k.a. your biggest fans! 
An expensive marathon might be within your budget, but what about your friends and family who want to be there to cheer for you at your first marathon? Selecting a local race or one closer to friends and family allows them to participate in your marathon as your biggest fan(s). After all, they supported you throughout all your training, this is their chance to partake in your joy!

Besides, cheering for a marathon is almost as much fun as running in one (like I wrote about HERE) so I guarantee your friends and family will want to be there on your big day.

5. Do you need large crowds to keep you going?
In 2012, Dustin and I ran the Marathon-to-Marathon, which went from a tiny town in Iowa called Storm Lake to an even tinier town in Iowa called Marathon.

There were only 200 marathoners at that race, and barely any fans. (Read all about that race HERE) Running a race that small can be mentally challenging for most, whereas the amazing crowds at a marathon like the Chicago Marathon or the Twin Cities Marathon might be a better fit for a first timer. The big crowds can really help you when you're struggling at the end!

Keep in mind, however, that most of the big marathons involve a lottery for entry. You may have to select a backup option in case you don't get into your first pick marathon.

6. Do you want really cool SWAG or gear? Do you need bands/music along the course?
If a really cool medal is important to you, check out THIS ARTICLE  and THIS ARTICLE for some of the best options.

The Rock n Roll marathons definitely go all out with the gear, so if that's important to you, try to find one of those that works for your schedule. They also have music and bands along the course. The Memphis Marathon that Dustin and I did in December 2012 (read about it HERE) was very music focused, and offered a lot of bands along the 26.2 mile course.

*Cool medal idea -The St. George Marathon medals are made out of granite!


7. Is it the natural beauty of a marathon location that keeps you going? 
If you're looking for a scenic route, I don't recommend the Rock n Roll marathons. The ones that I have done all included a lot of out-and-backs on concrete highways, such as in 2010 when we did the Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon (you'd think Seattle would be gorgeous!). If you want beauty, run the Big Sur marathon or St. George, Utah- those are definitely two of the most beautiful that I have ever run. Check out THIS LIST or THIS LIST for other gorgeous marathon courses to choose from.
Game face at the St. George Marathon
For more honest reviews of most, if not all, US marathons, check out www.marathonguide.com. We use this website to select our next marathon nearly every time.

I hope these tips help you select your FIRST (or next) marathon!

Any other factors that come into play for you when selecting your next 26.2 journey?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tilda Tuesdays: Grooming Your Vizsla

Hi all, and welcome back to Tilda Tuesdays! If you're coming here for running advice, I'll be back with more running posts later this week. But Tuesdays are officially all about our vizsla Matilda. Today, let's talk about grooming!

One really great characteric of the vizsla breed is that they are a very clean dog that needs minimal grooming. They only shed a tiny bit (we don't even notice). But the best part is, they don't smell like a dog. Don't get me wrong, I love ALL kinds of dogs and don't care about the smell, but it was a nice surprise to find out how clean Matilda was.

We didn't know that much about the lack of a dog smell, but then we were watching a special on Animal Planet about vizlsas (this video HERE!). In this segment, they explained that vizslas don't have an undercoat, which helps with the shedding (though this does make them a poor choice for cold weather climates like Minnesota) Their skin also produces some sort of oil that reduces any smell.

As for grooming a vizsla, its quite easy. We rarely, if ever, need to brush Matilda, as just wiping off any excess hair works fine.

We do have to cut her nails (which she absolutely hates) and clean her ears (especially after time at the lake.) We frequently need to wipe off any sleep from her eyes too.

As for bathing, we only really bath her when she is really dirty; maybe after a muddy trip to the dog park or a weekend at the cabin where she was in the lake water a lot- then she'll definitely get a bath.

But bathing her is easy! In the summer, we can bathe her outside with the hose and some dog shampoo. In the winter, we just plop her in the tub and give her a quick bath. She doesn't love it, but she tolerates it.

I came across a few pictures from one of her first baths.

She obviously didn't know what she was in for now, as she is not quite as eager for bath time these days as she was in this picture.

Occasionally, we have taken her to Bubbly Paws after a muddy dog park trip. Bubbly Paws is owned by the same great owners of Pampered Pooch Playground, Matilda's favorite doggy daycare Bubbly Paws is a professional dog groomer or a self-service dog wash.

If you have a breed of dog that needs a lot of grooming, Bubbly Paws is the place to go.  Vizslas just don't need much bathing, so we haven't gone there that much.

Like any dog, we are supposed to brush Matilda's teeth. I try my hardest to do this, but its definitely one thing that we don't do a good job with. We try to make up for it with greenies or other teeth cleaning treats, but our vet chastises every time we bring Matilda in, and she has had to have a few professional teeth cleanings already...

Anyways, if you want an easy to groom dog, a vizsla is a good option! But remember, what they lack in grooming needs, they make up for in EXERCISE needs. I would never recommend a vizsla to someone who doesn't like to walk, run, hike, or dog park with their dog, as vizslas are high-energy and kind of crazy!

Tilda Tuesdays: Training Your Vizsla
Tilda Tuesdays: Flashback to the Early Days