And off we were, running! Now you remember that I’m the one who got hit by the car. But my parents aren’t taking any more chances on me – or on anybody- getting hurt. My dad is all aglow too. That is not so that I can see him. I can see very well in the dark. That is so automobiles will see him when he runs in the dark.
My eyes glow from what people call tapetum lucidum. Then I have my flashing lights.
My mom is running with us. This is a new thing with her running with us. I like it.
We run down the big hill. I stop at every bush I can, until I hear “Joey, come”, the sound of my dad. He wants me to stay along with him.
We run and run down the carriage lane. On this particular morning my dad sees one bunny but I don’t. Then we get to the bottom of the hill and turn and go down another smaller street. Along this street is a large pond. Jane, Dad and I run along the road along the pond. As the road turns, we turn. Soon we stop, when Jane says “I have to stop.”
Then she looks at me and sees my tongue hanging out. Dad said that I’m a little out of shape. (If my dad took me running more often, I’d be in shape, though.) Though I’m panting, I want to keep on going but I have to wait until my parents give the sign to begin again.
Dad gives the sign, and off we go again.
We run for another few minutes, and get to the carriage path again. There, Dad gives the lead to Jane, goes off running by himself, and Jane walks me to our home. She’s tired. She doesn’t run very often. She’s not in great running shape. Maybe if she runs with me more often, she’ll be more in shape. As we approach our street, we see another dog running with his owner.
She’s happy because she sees the whole time we’ve been running or walking, I’m using all four legs equally. At home, Jane takes off the lights, takes off my lead, and says, “Joey, drink water”. I do. Then she continues Dad’s early morning run ritual – and gives me two treats.
I go rest for a while, when we hear the sound of Dad’s feet running to the back of our home and we go to greet him. He gives me one more treat!
I like mornings like this.