It’s our first blog post...yay!
This past weekend we had a 6-mile team run and breakfast. We aren’t able to do this often, so it was a treat.
One of the many things I love about our job is that all of the dogs we work with are so different from one another. Big, small, calm, outgoing, wild, focused, etc. We have Clancey, who is older and slower and sweet as pie. We have Monte, who could be a canine model and who smiles from the start to the finish of every single run. We have Cole - gentle, kind, sometimes stubborn, and a long-time team favorite. The different personalities keep us on our toes and teach us new things every day. They excite us and keep us coming back for more.
During our team gathering I couldn’t help but notice the same about our runners. We all have different things going on in our lives. One of our runners just recently completed the NYC marathon in support of a cause that is close to his heart. Another ran >200 miles during November to raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Any yup, his legs are still holding up for him (and for us)! One Denver Dog Jogger is an official pacer for a Denver running group and for both local and big-name races. We also have an enthusiastic running machine who is coming close to having completed one hundred marathons. Yes - that’s 💯! Another dog jogger is an aerial acrobat. Our team has counselors and teachers, bilingual runners, students, adventurers, mothers, and fathers. Two of our teammates are brand new to Colorado. Wait - isn't there a saying that if you’ve been here for more than a week you’re old news? Well, they are new to DDJ, they are eager, and they are ready to explore the city with some pups.
One thing all of us have in common - canines and humans alike - is the need to get outdoors: into the sunshine, breathing the fresh CO air, pounding our paws on some paths, and just letting go. 30 minutes of fun, freedom, smells, squirrels, flopping ears and swaying ponytails is all that we need. The sessions create a bond between us and the pups, and among all of us as a group. Our runs tend to leave us and our canine clients on a DDJ high almost every time. We are so lucky, and grateful, to be able to share such a unique and humbling experience in common.