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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.