Runners Must Be Kept On A Leash, Part 2

Amazingly enough, I can sometimes beat my dog in a sprint, for I used to challenge people to sprints quite often, but still, if I have her leash in my hand and I am running, I fear the outcome of the run with due exhortion.

When I run without my pets, as I normally would, I see people taking larger dogs out to run and think I should warn them that this is akin to trying to road surf while attached to the rear of a gravel hauler.

One person ran with a Great Dane. (This caused me to stop in the street and watch in dread as I waited for an accident to happen.) This dog surely weighed more than its owner, and could likely take him for a nice drag if it found something it wanted to chase. I watched this man hold the leash of this dog, which was roughly the size of a small nation, and to my sheer amazement, nothing happened. The guy made it all the way up the street and around the corner just fine. Of course, I hadn’t been running for 30 seconds when I saw the dog run in the opposite direction across my view, without its owner. I was not surprised in the least, and I could only wish that I had warned this man of my experiences before he had to experience the power of a hulking canine firsthand.

There is something to be said for taking your pets with you, of course. Just as people need a certain amount of exercise, your pets do as well, and it is wonderful to be able to share the experience with your pet. On the runs, the loyal pet is a friend, companion, protector, and if it is large, a mode of transit.

I love my Newfoundland dearly, but after several instances where Harley’s uncontrollable curiosity has nearly ripped limbs from my fragile and slight body, I have decided to accomplish Harley’s daily exercise through other means, such as a nice walk in the evening. Even then, she manages to almost disarm me, if you get my meaning. She is a powerful dog, but when all is said and done, she is a big drooly sweetie loved by all. Simply put, she is not an ideal running companion, that’s all.

We love our pets and we love our exercise, but the two sometimes don’t go together quite so well.

You don’t see people with their angelfish on a leash, being dragged behind them as they take it for a scrape around the block. You don’t see people with exotic pets running past you while trying to balance a boa constrictor.

It is not always wise to take your pet with you on a run, even if it seems practical. You can still have a wonderful master-owner deal going without needing to be dragged through the streets at the end of a leash by a large animal determined to catch that chipmunk.

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