My lunch today was mmm, mmm good thanks to leftover Jennie-O applewood smoked turkey breast tenderloin that I used to make a delicious turkey sandwich.
Along with the turkey, I included fresh spinach and sauerkraut on the sandwich for a little added nutrition.
To round out my mid-day meal, I included some vibrant red produce in the form of grape tomatoes and red pepper slices.
Oh lunch, how I love you.
Running is for the Dogs
It’s no secret that Sadie is my favorite running buddy. She’s always in the mood for a run, doesn’t judge my pace, lets me choose the distance and route we’ll be running and entertains me along the way.
(I actually ran my fastest 5K ever with Sadie by my side in a 5K Doggie Run!)
I’ve received several emails from readers asking me about running with a dog. How did I start running with Sadie? How far do we go? Does she ever get tired?
The first thing you should know is that Sadie is a vizsla, an extremely athletic and energetic breed of dog. I can honestly say I’ve never come across a dog with as much energy and stamina as Sadie. I can take her on a 6 mile run and the first thing she’ll do when we get home is run straight to her toy bin to try to coerce me into playing with her for another hour.
- German shorthaired (and wirehaired) pointers (If we didn’t have Sadie, this is the dog I would want!)
Additionally, these breeds also make great running buddies:
- Australian shepherds
- Border collies
- Cattle dogs
- Labrador retrievers
- German shepherds
In my experience in running with Sadie, these little “tricks of the trade” I’ve implemented have made our runs much more enjoyable:
- Purchase a harness if your dog is large or a “puller” (I bought this harness which clips in the front of Sadie’s chest. It allows me to have more control over Sadie and prevents her from pulling when she sees something intriguing like a squirrel or a bird on our runs.)
- Be consistent with discipline (I always say “no” very sternly when Sadie runs toward another dog on our runs. She eventually learned that she can look at other dogs, but not touch and play with them when we’re in the middle of a run.)
To me, the most important thing to keep in mind before taking your dog for a run is knowing when to stop. Signs your dog is fatigued and may need to stop running include:
- Pace slows
- Dog starts to run behind you
- Dog makes a bee-line for the shade and attempts to lay down
- Breathing is heavy
- Mouth is open very wide
- Glazed eyes
Also, be very aware of the heat. Sadie’s stamina is amazing, but a hot day really takes a lot out of her!
As far as water breaks are concerned, I generally use the rule of thumb noted in this article:
- If you’re only running a few miles, your dog does not have breathing issues and the weather is cool, you probably don’t need to carry water. Conversely, if you’d need water during a run, you definitely want to provide the same number of water breaks for your dog.
Here are some other helpful resources those of you who hope to run with your dog may be interested in:
Question of the Afternoon
Do you ever workout or go running with your dog? If you don’t have a dog, would you ever want to have a dog as your running companion?