Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Take a rescue-centre dog for a run

I saw this Runner's World post via Facebook (it does have its benefits). What a great initiative this is!

Dogs in a shelter need exercise + runners needing companions 
match made in running heaven

When I've run dogs for friends I've absolutely loved it. Sure, I'm more a cat person than a dog person but running with a dog is great company, especially once you get the dog to run nicely next to you. A doggy companion is great for safety too.

As much as I like this initiative I'm 'relieved' that it is in Cape Town. I'd definitely want to be involved with running a dog once a week but how to stop from getting attached to the dog and wanting to take it home? Or is this the idea?

If you like dogs, don't have one of your own and you like running, go for this. It's especially great it you like dogs but cannot have one of your own for any number of reasons. A fabulous way to score a running companion, spend time with a dog and keep to your running committments. You're more likely to skip a run and let yourself down than to let down a dog that is waiting for you.

We received the following email from Janette Jordaan, urging runners to take four-legged friends on runs with them:
Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre in Fisantekraal just outside of Durbanville. The rescue centre is a a pro-life organization that rescues all types of animals. We have a small group of dedicated walkers that exercise the dogs on Saturdays.
Unfortunately, with over 300 dogs, we don’t get close to giving them each a walk. I’m writing to tell you about the Huskies that are currently resident at Uitsig Animal Rescue. The Huskies are the dogs that are probably the worst suited to the environment of a rescue organization. I am contacting you to see if you may have any members that might be interested in combining some of their own training with that of exercising our Huskies. It certainly will be a good workout as our Huskies are always ready to go – or perhaps you can arrange group outings/community initiatives and this may be something suitable for you to consider. As a volunteer walker myself, I can affirm to the fact that time spent exercising the dogs at Uitsig is very good for both one’s soul and one’s soles.
It is extremely good exercise, the dogs are very good company and it is a good way to get rid of the frustrations of the week.
One of our newer volunteers via another running club is Sonja. She comes out regularly to run with the Huskies, has become passionate in her desire to help them and has also taken on the project of trying to market the Huskies in new ways in order to try and find them suitable homes as soon as possible. As a runner herself, Sonja feels the perfect owner of a Husky is someone that is active and enjoys running. The benefits for both runner and Husky are great: The runner gets a wonderful running companion (and security guard!) and the Husky gets all the exercise that it needs. Sonja would also like to encourage interested runners to join in with the exercising of the Huskies at Uitsig.
Contact her on sonja.swanevelder@gmail.com and she will tell them about the volunteer running program and answer any questions that they may have.

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