Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: Monkey

One of the highlights of my month is when I get to share my favorite four-legged runners on the web. I almost let October slip by without a feature, but my Internet friend Susan at @swheeler29 saved the day. I love following her trail adventures with her dog. She always has a big smile and an adventurous spirit. 

Susan, Tell us about your favorite four-legged running partner!

Meet Maleki aka Monkey. He's a 6-year-old chocolate lab! Monkey does a great job posing for pictures! I think I have taught him well or he cooperates knowing I will bring him on another adventure! He is also the best hiking buddy! He wears a pack and carries his own water and food. He is so motivated when we hike, he walks past everyone with determination on his face! The first thing he does when we get to the lake is go swimming! I always try and pick a hike with a lake for him to jump in.

Where is your favorite place to run with Monkey?

Trail running is our favorite! I started trail running a couple of years ago after being tired of running on the streets. I found trail running to be so tranquil! We both love being in the woods. Monkey loves to be off leash, but he gets a little overzealous and runs ahead too far for me to see him (just like a little kid) So most of the time he has to stay on the leash.

How you ever raced with your dog?

Yes. We usually race a few times a year. The UW Dawg Dash is one of our favorite. We didn't run it this year, but well be back next year! Monkey loves racing! He is like a little kid always ready to go!

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud! 

I was proud when (not a dog-related running moment) I ran a marathon 3 years ago. Never thought I would run one! It was so hard! I want to run one more to improve my time, but after that, I think I will stick to half marathons

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

Dogs are forgiving animals. They give us unconditional love and affection. We are lucky to have them. They all deserve a home, love, respect, and fair treatment.

How does Monkey make you laugh?

I can't say the words walk, run, hike, or take "you know who" outside before I am completely ready to walk out of the house! He gets so excited that he barks and follows me until I'm ready! He's a little crazy. If I say any of those words he runs over to where his harness and leash is kept and runs back and forth and barks until I'm ready! I can't even touch his running/hiking pack without being ready or he will start barking!

Thanks Susan! You can follow all her adventures with Monkey on Instagram!

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