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A Girl and Her Dog: Living, Loving, & Enjoying the Little Things

Flashback to this post my mom wrote about us: Running with the Dogs

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In honor of me getting back into running (which you can click here and read about), I decided to revisit this blog my mum wrote about why hoomans should run with their dogs. 

It is from a really long time ago, when we lived in Clemson, SC and when it was winter. Hopefully it will help cool off our other US dog friends and inspire out Australian dog friends to get out and run, too. 


Angelina: Every winter, it seems like it gets harder and harder to convince myself to run in the cold. This was true a few years ago when I originally posted this blog, and it's still true now.

(In fact, I think it's just as hard to convince myself to run in the hot summer, but running with your pups in the summer is a whole other issue.)

While Layla was my original reason to start running (we both needed to get in shape), when we adopted Fin, running became mandatory.  I mentioned that having two crazy dogs is good motivation to get out of the house. 

Layla and Fin are, in fact, the reason I learned to love running. After graduate school, I started teaching full-time so there were plenty of days when I only had 30 minutes to spend on myself or the dogs. I quickly learned that if I ran with the dogs, I could check off two to-dos with one run.

I also run with my dogs because as miserable as I might feel, the dogs are always so excited I can't help but be happy. 

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When I originally posted this, we were lucky to live in a part of the country where there are a lot of experimental forests with no leash laws. Finley and Bogart are equally happy running on their leashes and as worn out as the end of the run as I am. Layla, however, hates running on a leash. 

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So get out there and run with your pups, people! We especially like trails and lakes. I'm begging my mum to take me running right now. 


Geopetric Collars Review

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People ask my mom to try out dog stuff all the time, but not a lot of it works out (like some of the weird food they give away at those dog festivals we go to). But recently the people at Geopetric asked us to try out their collars. 

And obviously, I look significantly better in my collar than Bogart does (especially when I'm sucking down air conditioning after a fun day). 

And obviously, I look significantly better in my collar than Bogart does (especially when I'm sucking down air conditioning after a fun day). 

My collar was old and stinky and Bogart had just grown out of his, so the two of us got to try them out first. 

I got a martingale collar because my head is kind of little compared to my neck, and I always slip out of regular collars. (My mom says my head is puny, and that is not correct. I have a great head.) 

Bogart just got a regular collar because he's a puppy, but he did get his name engraved on it. 

I guess he's a pretty cute pup even though he drives me crazy. 

I guess he's a pretty cute pup even though he drives me crazy. 

So Bogart and I like them, but I guess my mom likes them, too, because she ordered enough for our whole family. Seriously.

I mean, even Trouble got one, and it's not like she even goes outside! 

I mean, even Trouble got one, and it's not like she even goes outside! 

And Finley got one like Bogart's but with a different design. 

And Finley got one like Bogart's but with a different design. 

Our mum likes them because she says that they're good for the environment and stuff. They're like vegan (I don't know what that means) and cruelty-free (I didn't know that some collars weren't). Also, 10% of the cost of each collar gets donated to Geopetric's charity of the month. And really, they're cute and don't get stinky. 

I do think she should order martingale collars for Fin and Bogart because their heads are just as puny as mine. Just saying. 

Anyway, if you want to get 10% off (and 10% will still get donated), just the code TROUBLE&FINLEY. Just click here to order. 


Running Again

Adventures, Doggies, Charlotte NC, Love It, Laylatude, RunningAngelina OberdanComment

In a recent interview, I said that I wanted to start running again. See, the deal is that I have a bad hip, and so my ability to run sort of comes and goes, but when my mom puts on her running shoes, I get really excited no matter how I feel.

I used to be a great runner: 

I mean, I've had this bad hip since I vaulted over a pile of logs when I was a pup and got nailed by one of the logs in my hip. But I guess since I'm getting older (I am not that old yet!), my hoomans worry about me a little more. 

They do lots of things to keep me in good shape like taking me on walks everyday and giving me glucosamine chondroitin and puppy pain killers when I need them, but I still really want to run again. 

I really do just get so excited when my mom puts on her running shoes. 

So I begged and begged, and finally my hoomans are letting me run a little. We don't go very fast, but that's okay with me. I just like to feel the wind in my ears. 

Last Tuesday, we got to go to Matthews' Beer Temple Running Club.

Bogart didn't do so great with the traffic, but I showed him how to handle it. And Fin got to run with my dad because they're both pretty fast. 

It was so much fun because there were lots of people to pet us afterwards. Again, Bogart was kind of bad--jumpy and scratchy--, but Fin and I are so good I don't think anyone minded.

And then last Saturday, Mom took us running on McAlpine Greenway because it was so nice outside. 

And we are so good on and off leash that we got tons of compliments! Clearly this means that I should get to go running a lot more. 


Did you see we got interviewed!?

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Check it out: my mom and I got interviewed! 

Here's just one quick highlight: 

Why did you decide to start a blog?What do you enjoy about blogging?

I started our blogs because I wanted to write about everything I love, a little less formally than I would elsewhere. I guess I enjoy sharing. I also enjoy looking back at what I’ve done and realizing it’s fun enough to write about.

On the other hand, Layla needs a voice because no one at home listens to her, despite how vocal she is. She really has opinions on everything, growling when we come home from work to when the puppy gets too close to her toes. That’s why she started blogging. And she enjoys it because she can use the blog as an excuse to do fun things like going to a local lake on Fridays or even visiting local breweries.