FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity. The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.
This Week: Maggie & Emma FitLabPGH Labs
Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Emma: I was born in Ohiopyle, then lived briefly in Scott Township (South Hills of Pittsburgh), before being adopted by Ben when I was 11 weeks old.
Maggie: I was born in Carrollton, Ohio at Camolot Labradors; when I was 8 weeks old, Ben purchased me and moved me to Finleyville.
What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Walking through fall leaves; carrying sticks; and playing in the snow…we also enjoy hanging out with Ben’s cats, Gracie and Mia.
Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Our whole lives are vacations…we are not working dogs, but rather pets…who are part of the family…but if we were to go on vacation, we’d like to go somewhere cold, with a lot of snow, where we could take long walks while Ben tries to keep up with us on snowshoes
What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Sweet potato and venison dog food, 7 days a week…with a smear of canned pumpkin
What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Emma: carrots and frozen cranberries;
Maggie: carrots and blueberries. We also enjoy Cloud Star Wag More Bark Less Itty Bitty sweet potato treats.
What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Most challenging- walking and running on icy, hard surfaces…so we insist on the majority of our movement on soft surfaces
What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Walks through deep snow, and good quality sticks to carry
Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Neither, we’d rather go to a new wooded area to sniff. Emma would like to note that she’d consider skydiving as long as it could be a tandem jump with Ben.
What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Sleeping, including naps in the Jeep on the way back from our walks…being groomed by the cats is nice too
What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Mingo Creek Park – lots of trails, smells, and hills…but if your visitors bring dogs, please make sure they are leashed unless they are in the off-leash area!!!
Contact info for Emma and Maggie:
E-Mail: They’re Labradors…they don’t e-mail