Running with my corgis means more things to prepare and bring. As the weather gets hotter these days, I need to bring even more things for them. This morning, I put ice cubes and two water bottles in a little cooler. And I put a big ziplock bag filled with some cold water to soak Cappy’s new pink cooling bandana and put the bag in the cooler. I grabbed Jeter’s cooling vest, a collapsible water bowl, dog treats and a banana for me. While I was preparing all these things, my corgis were getting so excited. After I dropped my husband off at the train station, we headed to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail.
At the parking lot, I took Cappy’s cooling bandana out from the ziplock bag and use the same bag with water to soak Jeter’s cooling vest. Then I took my corgis’ doggy car harnesses off, put cooling gear and leashes on, applied Musher’s Secret pet paw protector wax on 8 paws, wore my hydration belt and finally started to run. Before they came to my life, going to the forest trail to run was much simpler 🙂 But I don’t mind doing all these things. They are my dogs and I love them to pieces. And I want them to run safely.
The temperature was 63 degrees when we started to run. It felt a bit cooler than 63, but with strong sunshine, the temperature went up quickly. Jeter and Cappy were full of energy today. I had some hard time to make them not to run too fast in the beginning. After some easy running for warm up, I ran faster than usual thanks to my little corgis. They were like energizer bunnies. Lucky for them, my legs felt good too and we all enjoyed today’s 4 mile-run.
After the run, Jeter and Cappy ate some banana with me and enjoyed the car ride back home. Then they were pooped out 🙂 Of course they did some neighborhood watch duty but most of the afternoon, they took naps on many different spots – in their crates, on their 3 different dog beds, on the sofa, on the new bench near the window, on a living room rug, and even on our bed upstairs 🙂 Their sleeping faces looked happy and relaxed.
Happy running, happy (and tired) corgis, and happy me.