A lot of people run with their dogs. It’s great to give them exercise and they make good companions for passing the miles. I do not run with my dog because, quite frankly, it’s embarrassing. She is a super speedy greyhound, whom we adopted from Greyhound Friends 4 1/2 years ago. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take Holly for a little run because she gave me the puppy dog eyes as I was lacing up my sneakers. We headed out the door and hit the streets.
I was running at about 8:30ish to warm up and there is Holly– WALKING quickly next to me. I am sure that people laugh at me when they see me running with a greyhound–built for speed. I must look like I am barely hanging on for dear life. Although greyhounds are built for speed, you do have to build up their endurance for going the distance. They are anatomically designed to accelerate up to 55 mph in about six strides! So, I was redeemed at the end of the run when Holly was trailing behind me. Slow and steady wins the race!
If it was a warm summer day, Holly would have cooled down after the run with a nice ice bath (complete with a toy motorcycle!). Instead, she opted for a nap (and yes, she really does sleep like that). There is a reason that they are called “50 mph couch potatoes.”
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