Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
Greenville County Animal Care's Jog With A Dog program takes high energy shelter dogs to a local park for exercise and enrichment. We take dogs of all breeds and ages as long as they love to run and meet new people.
Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
We run at a local park near downtown Greenville that popular with local runners and triathletes. It has a great running path and allows us to give the dogs some extra exercise and put them in front of the people that might be most likely to want a dog with higher energy.
Have you ever raced with your dog?
Animal Care organizes an annual 5K dog friendly race. Every year I pick a shelter dog and run. The first year we put a gopro on the dog and we were the top male finisher. This year the entire adoptions team picked a dog and entered the race.
Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
On one run I took a little cattle dog named Leah. She was full of energy and wanted to run and play with dogs all day but was not so great at listening or cuddling with people. I watched her go from very fast, independent dog to one that listened very well to anyone she bonded with and ended up being a huge snuggler! I paired her with a foster that could continue this bonding and we had her adopted in no time! Before the running group she would be very hard to get adopted.
What running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
The dogs we run with are usually the most stressed dogs in the shelter. When they are out running you can watch the stress disappear. They are just dogs doing what dogs love to do. People need to also find something they love to do (for me its running) and let themselves escape the day to day stresses of life for a while.
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The Jog With a Dog program at Greenville County animal Care has been immensely beneficial in getting the large, energetic dogs adopted and has helped us on our path to create a no-kill community in Greenville SC.
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