Lucy runs past me with an abundance of energy. She sprints further and further ahead. Just when I think she is about to leave my sight, she looks back and slows down. A look of what’s taking you so long is apparent on her face.
Lucy is my favorite pet. She is an older dog who still has game. Don’t tell her she can’t keep up. You will be proved wrong. I’m always amazed of her will to keep going. The vet believes she is about 9 or 10 years old. She seems to be in pretty good health. She had a spell of arthritis last year. But amazingly it has been better this year.
About five years ago, Lucy showed up at our house. I had just lost a puppy and was devastated. I had no intentions of owning another pet. It was too heartbreaking. At first, we ignored her. We were getting ready to leave on vacation. My daughter started feeding her. We told her to stop, she was not our dog. It was obvious she was a stray, but I was not ready to take a dog in. My daughter kept wanting us to keep her and fed the dog behind our back. Well we were about to leave for a whole week. I finally told my child if the dog was still here when we got back, we would keep her. I really didn’t think she would stick around. My husband agreed and was sure the dog would move on.
But guess what? When we got back from vacation, the stray dog was still around. We couldn’t believe it. I was so set on not getting another dog. My puppy Joey that died months before had really pushed me away from animals for a while. But when I saw this dog hanging around for us to return, I couldn’t ignore her anymore. It seemed like an angel had sent her to us. Especially to me. I needed her and little did I know she needed me.
Waiting for that Run
Lucy was an outside dog. She loved the outdoors. We fixed her a fenced area and took care of her the best we knew how. However she started barking a lot during the night and we feared the neighbors would disown us. So I tried to figure out why she barked so much. I decided she needed more attention and a way to release all that energy she had. So I tried to walk her every afternoon I had available. My husband would pitch in and take her for rides in his truck. She loved to ride in the back of the truck. She wouldn’t try to jump out like other dogs. She was the best dog ever.
I love to run in the warmer months. So I decided to get Lucy to run with me. At first I worried she wouldn’t keep up, she wasn’t a young pup after all. So my daughter helped me out. I would run half of my workout then my daughter and Lucy would meet me. From that point Lucy could run the rest of my workout with me. Before long she was running the whole distance with me.
Now when I get home, she is ready for me to grab that leash and take her running. I know her favorite part is when we get to the area I take off her lease and she can be free. She lets loose and really has a blast. I think she loves running as much as me. But when she gets tired, I can see that look on her face like ” okay now that’s enough exercise.”
In the past I have ran with my daughter or my husband. Off and on I have been able to talk them into running with me. But they don’t always jump at the chance. Sometimes I have to beg and still it doesn’t work. But Lucy is always, always ready to go running. I don’t have to worry about her telling me no. She is the best running partner ever. Yeah ever.