Demanding dachshund makes a good personal trainer . . .

 The other morning my dachshund said to me, “Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely,” 

“Really, where did you hear that?” I asked.

The New York Times,” he answered.

Since I didn’t want to die prematurely, I got the leash.  We went through the usual, “Puppy, wait for Mama” routine while I locked the front door, and he pulled on the leash, eager to be on his way.

We took off at a good pace, probably 5.5 miles an hour as my heart was pounding after running around the corner and down a short block to the next street.

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Just when I thought I couldn’t run anymore, he stopped to smell a light post.

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I stood and panted for a minute, glad to let Puppy find what he seemed to be looking for.

Then, suddenly, he took off again, ears flying and toe nails clicking on the sidewalk.

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I didn’t want to let a creature with six inch long legs outdo me, so I ran along behind, feeling my breathing starting to regulate.  Without warning he stopped again to smell the sidewalk.

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I was able to pant and catch my breath, remembering something I had heard about sprinting.  Oh yes, my dad, who is 99 and still interested in health is the one who told me about it.  “This must qualify as sprints,”  I thought.

Puppy was off again, though he had slowed his pace to 4 miles per hour, a comfortable brisk walk for me.  We continued down to the end of the block where he stopped to smell a rock.

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“This is great exercise,” I thought, feeling good about my scientific workout, and enjoying the brief pause before the next sprint.  Three seconds later, we’re running again, around the corner and heading for home.

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As we approach the house, Puppy stops one last time to smell the gravel.

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“So what are you sniffing for exactly?” I asked.

“Urine,” he replied.

We get home and resume our favorite position on the sofa, but I could feel good about it since I had just done at least 5 minutes of sprints.  It’s hard to tell how Puppy felt since he doesn’t like to talk about his feelings, but his body language denoted some satisfaction.

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How wonderful to have a dachshund who insists on taking walks.  

P.S. Puppy wishes many happy returns to his Aunt Karen, a well-known supporter of dachshunds.

 

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One thought on “Demanding dachshund makes a good personal trainer . . .

  1. Glad to hear you got a good run, even if it was in the Phoenix heat! Not surprising to hear about Puppy being a good runner, though, given all that training he did for the Navy.

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