Friday, January 8, 2016

Furry Friday Feature: Running Buddies Cooper and Riley

Happy Friday, friends! Join us the second Friday of every month for Furry Friday Feature and I'll introduce you to the most adorable four-legged runners on the web (and their favorite humans). This has always been a popular series and I am thrilled to bring it back for 2016! This month I am excited to introduce you to my Instagram friend Brea and her running partners.

Hi, Brea! Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partners.
I ​have two running partners​: Cooper (age 3) and Riley (age 7)​. Both of my ​boys are chocolate labrador retrievers and we lovingly refer to them as our 'chocodiles'. When I put my running shoes on, Riley will always sit beside me and beg to come. Cooper loves to come, too - but he's really​ headstrong and will balk at letting me put on​ his harness. I think he just wants to be the boss!

I didn't run with my browns​ at first because ​it was very difficult to control​ two strong dogs with​ a combined weight of 190 ​lbs. ​I ​realized the situation would never improve unless I was consistent.​ After a few chaotic minutes at the beginning of our run, they settle into their places. They overheat quickly in the summer, so I limit them to two miles when it's really hot. 

Cooper and Riley
Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
The off-leash dog park is my first choice, but it's not as convenient as heading out the door. ​It has​ pretty trails on a bluff overlooking the ocean with the added bonus of​ ​meeting​ doggie friends and socializing. In the summer, the vegetation is very dry and there are​ tons of foxtails -- ​a burr common to our area that can get ​in the​ ear canal​ or inhaled,​ and usually ​​requires​ an expensive trip to the vet and ​sedation to remove them​-- so we stick to the streets closer to home.

Have you ever raced with your dog?
I haven't raced with my dogs before, ​but I have been meaning to participate in a local event called ​the State Street Dog Mile in June​. It's on our to-do list next summer!​

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud! (does not have to be dog related)
After achieving a half marathon PR, a woman approached me and told me that I was her 'rabbit' during the race. She said that pacing off of me helped her to ​keep her head up and stay focused during the last three miles of the race. Getting a PR was an incredible feeling​, but realizing I'd help someone achieve theirs was even ​better​! 

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Live in the moment. There are a thousand little things that can ​trip me up during the day, ​and much of it is either dwelling on the past or worrying about something that hasn't happened. My dogs help keep me in the present.​

Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
​Our first dog was a wedding present.​ She was also a chocolate Labrador retriever. Since I had ​never owned a dog before, I was always looking for fun ​things to do with her​. I ended up hitting the dog show circuit and we ​eventually competed​ in fly ball and agility trials. Now that I'm a parent of​ two
​busy ​teenagers, my time is more ​limited. Fitness and running is something that makes me feel great and helps clear my head. Bringing my dogs along for the fun​ was a no-brainer.

Aren't they adorable? You can follow Brea, Cooper and Riley on Instagram @babydoll_brea or on her blog Babydoll's Bloggie.

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring me and my dogs! I'm already bragging on your article and sharing with my kids and best girl friend 😊

    1. thanks for sharing your story! Those boys are so cute!

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    1. thanks! submit your info and you can be next month's feature!



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