Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TRAINING WITH OUR (BEST) FRIENDS

We all recognize the healthy benefits of running.

Running improves our physical health. It makes us feel better mentally.

Running reduces our stress. It allows us to appreciate nature and the beauty that surrounds us.

Running affords us the opportunity to live longer, and to live a better quality of life.

Many of us enjoy running with our friends.

But what about our "best" friends?

They deserve, and often appreciate the opportunity to train, and sometimes race, with us.

So, if your dogs are runners (I guess all dogs are runners), if you'd like your dogs to become runners, or would like to train them properly to enter a race with you someday, you should follow the exploits of Guinness and Dory, on their Facebook community page, Road to Twilight. https://www.facebook.com/Road-to-Twilight-1624622337807090. There, the dogs hope to share their training journey to inspire others to run with their dogs and to highlight what issues may arise and how to manage them best for the dogs.

Guinness is an 8 year old Australian Working Kelpie, who hails from near Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. He's been running with his "mom," a veterinarian, for pretty much all his life since he was old enough. He prefers the trails more than road running. His favorite food is chicken and his favorite place to be is on the couch cuddled up next to his mom. He has completed the Twilight Half Marathon twice, as well as a number of 5k and 10k fun runs. His doggie family include Cinnabar the Australian Cattle Dog (who has run two half marathons too, but at 10 years old now prefers the shorter distances) and two Whippets, Tiger and Sherbet, who have done a few 10k fun runs.

Dory is a 3 year old Dalmatian from New South Wales. He lives with Dougal the Jack Russell Terrier, who has participated in agility competitions and is a regular participant in park runs. She has also completed several 7km fun runs and is often cheered during a run with "Spotty Dog!"

On their Facebook page, the dogs hope to share their training journey to inspire others to run with their dogs and to highlight what issues may arise and how to manage them best for the dogs. Audrey, "mom" to these fine athletes, says, "As a vet, I've seen so many dogs improve their physical and mental health from running - one that really sticks in my mind is a dog with very severe separation anxiety who was so relaxed and happy after a 10k run! Those endorphins are just so good!"

Sounds like the effect that running has on all of us.

Running makes us feel good.

If you want to feel good about our best friends, visit Guinness' and Dory's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Road-to-Twilight-1624622337807090.

You'll be inspired.