Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: Team VivEgonRae

Welcome to the latest edition of Tuesday Tails Furry Feature when I introduce you to the best four-legged runners on the internet! This week I am publishing on the tail-end of Tuesday (pun intended).

I am thrilled to introduce you to Egon, Rae and their favorite human, Vivi!

Hi, Vivi. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partners?

My running partners Egon and Rae are both German Shorthaired Pointers.

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch? 

We mostly run through our neighborhood since we know the route and areas to avoid for other dogs. We also venture for fun to the University of Miami, but there we encounter squirrels and ducks, so it's a fun time! 

Have you ever raced with your dog? 

Egon has run with me in two virtual half marathons. I wish it would be real half marathons, but haven't found a street race that allows dogs. I have ran a family-friendly 5K with Egon and Rae and my son. 

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.

The first time I ran 13.1 with Egon was truly exceptional! Egon was about two years old, my husband had gotten his two year cancer-free notice and it was time to finally have a semblance of peace. I wanted to share my excitement and my best friend with my running community so I figured, why not! He has energy to out-do me. We ran it in April at dusk and looped two miles for water to make sure he didn't overheat. We finished n 2:05! Rae has run up to 11 miles but I'm waiting for the Miami weather to cool to finally take her to 13.1 glory!

Do you have any funny stories about your dog? 

Rae is much more petite than Egon. If Rae feels a little threatened (mostly people riding on a bike or a loud bus), he will hide, literally, under Egon.

What running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs? 

There is so much I take from my dogs every single day. First, you never say no to a good time with family! It doesn't matter the time of day, I say 'let's go run" and they are so excited! Second, they never worry about "what do I need to do next!" As a busy mom, I'm always worried about school, kids, my job, etc. and my brain runs faster than my body can keep up. Dogs focus on the now, what can I sniff at, where are the lizards? Finally, when they just gotta let out their frustration, they let go, kick up grass and keep going!

Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog? 

My dogs are my inspiration for my running and getting up early. They do so much more for me than I can ever repay in a lifetime. I wanted this year for the runs to mean more. They have such an amazing life and it hurts that other dogs can't. 

I signed up for the 2017 NYC Marathon through the ASPCA. I want to inspire my running community to share in the love of dogs especially when you combine them together! In light of the Hurricanes, the ASPCA helps with animals in need. Sadly, Miami has the barrel of a gun pointed at us, so Team VivEgonRae may be on a training hiatus, but we will kick up the grass and keep going to NYC! I would love to share our story and if people want to help, all pennies through this mechanism go to the ASPCA (not a third party vendor)!

Any parting thoughts?

Thank you for the feature! If we can inspire one runner out there to be joined by a four-legged BFF, then our work here is done!

You can follow Vivi, Egon and Rae on Instagram. If you would like to donate to team VivEgonRae benefitting the ASPCA you can do it here! I hope you are all safe from the storms Vivi! Update us to let us know. 

Thank you!!

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Lea and Ollie

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  1. Thanks for sharing! We love that you want to inspire others to run with their dogs. What's a good way for someone to get started running with their dog? What do you use to protect the paws from hot pavement and constant pounding?

    1. thank you! I suggest keeping dogs off the roads in the heat - during the summer months stick to trails. Dogs, just like people have to build up to being able to run any distance. Always start with shorter distances, 1/2 mile to start, then build to one mile, then 3 and so on - so that the dog can adapt to running, just like a human! good luck!

  2. Also, depending on the distance you want your dog to go, research the breed. Not all dogs are built to run 13.1!


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