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Leave the dogs at home
by Jake George   
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Last edited: Monday, February 21, 2005
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2005

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A short piece on running for exercise with a dog

I recently read an article by a fella who said he got a great aerobic workout running with his dogs. I only have one thing to say! “Man you crack me up.” A runner with a dog, when I try to run with my dogs I can be passed by a snail with a limp. Between my house and the corner there are 6,254,871 blades of grass. And that is only 40 yards!

How do I know this? My two smooth collies smell each and every one of them, on both sides, to make sure no one left them a pee-mail message. And of course if they did get a pee-mail they have to answer it. I am so glad dogs don’t have thumbs. If they did they would be able to operate a fax machine.

Running is a great exercise. I just cannot accomplish it with two dogs. Once in a while I will get the idea if I run them around the block I will get some exercise. Forty minutes later, carrying two bags (for doggie donuts if you have to know) and still a half-mile from home my mind begins to wander. "What the heck was I thinking?" Thoughts of aerobic workouts are a long gone. Now it becomes an upper-body work out. Dragging two 80-pound dogs down the road, while trying to get them to walk in unison. An upper-body machine has nothing on two dogs going in different directions. A squirrel in one direction and a cat in another while I still head for home. The upper-body strength needed to keep my arms in their sockets reminds me of a movie where this guy was being pulled in two directions by some horses.
If I run the block, with out the dogs, I can make it in about eight minutes. When I take the dogs it is not a workout. Hummm maybe if I power walked with the doggie donut bags? Got to be cheaper than work out weights. Hay! There might just be a new market there.

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Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 2/22/2005

Too funny! Pee-mail! As a runner I prefer the two-legged partner.

Great article,

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/22/2005
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/21/2005
Try power walking and my dog Trooper did fine until he spotted a deer and of course the cat always made him break training. I even had a dog come and get me to go for a walk.

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