When I was dogsitting a while back, I decided to take a run with my granddog, Chance. He is an Olde English Bulldogge (rescued at 6 months), weighs about 80 pounds and is the sweetest, laziest dog you have ever seen. I absolutely adore my granddog.
Even though he is a lazy lay-about, if he suspects that he might be getting out of the house, he is all over it. He’ll follow you from room to room with that cute, inquiring little wrinkle on his forehead, looking imploringly at you with his big brown eyes, and wondering if he could really, maybe, hopefully be going for a walk. Or in this case, a run.
So we set off on our two-mile run, with me carrying a bottle of water to share between us. If you know anything about bulldogs, you know that they don’t have a lot of stamina (perfect, I thought, because I have no stamina, either), they drool a lot, they have tender paws, and thin fur. But I figured, hey, if I can run two miles, he can run two miles! According to my daughter, he has run a 5k before.
My first problem was that it was a warm day and he drank more than his half of the water! Then I was out there dying of thirst, and of course I had to give him all he wants, because that’s what one does for ones granddog. And not only that, but he totally slimed the bottle, too! And then he started limping. He does have shoes, but I didn’t bring them because, well, it’s only two miles, right? As a matter of fact, he has his own wardrobe; shoes, rain coat, life vest, cooling vest, backpack – he has it all.
So we rested on a bench, and two little boys rode up on their bikes with their cute little helmets and told me that my dog looked really tired, and looked at me totally accusingly, I thought. Like my dog was dying and it was my fault! Yes, Chance had drool on his face, but that’s because he shook his head and wrapped it completely around his nose – that’s what bulldogs do! They slime and drool. But all I could say was, we’re almost home – bulldogs get really tired. We haven’t gone that far, for Heaven’s sake! No, I didn’t really say that last part – didn't want to scare the kiddos.
I’m just saying....Maybe bulldogs aren’t the best running companions.