Listen to Your Dog

Listen to Your Dog

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Anyone who knows me or has followed my writings for very long knows that I run and that I do not particularly care for running.  I also make it known that I am not a gifted runner by any stretch of the imagination and yet, I continue to run.

Last week, a friend of mine, Karmen Byrd, owner of Mad Skills Pet Photography, took some great photos of my dog, Cassie, (pictured above, photo by Karmen).  Not only is Karmen a great photographer, she is a dog trainer.  When my running buddy, Cassie, decided to ditch out early on our run a few weeks ago, I called Karmen.

As Karmen and I talked, she asked me if I put sweater on Cassie when we ran? She also reminded me that my little dog must run faster to keep pace with me.  She told me that Cassie may just be saying that she isn’t ready for a long run.

Well, huh.  Now that I think about it, Cassie was giving  me a few indications that she wasn’t enjoying our runs as much as in the summer.  She bucks me when the weather is cold.  I hate the  cold.  She doesn’t like to run long when it’s cold.  Ditto for me.  She much prefers to walk and sprint instead of grinding out a few miles.  Wow – that’s my preference, too!  If the weather is just plain ugly, she definitely prefers to curl up in front of the wood burner.  So weird – that’s how I feel, too!

Sometimes I can’t see the forest for the trees, but I am learning.  I guess my dog and I will never be long distance runners with record breaking speed.  We are too much alike to grind out those miles.  Karmen and Cassie both taught me this week that not only should I listen to my body, I should listen to my dog, too.  Sometimes our pets will help show us the way.

That’s a very good point. We get too involved with our own routines that we fail to think of our pets and their endurance. Sometimes we need to be reminded of our pets needs, limitations, and preferences.

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