Ronin was already on his leash when my phone rang. It was Wendy, returning my call to say that she had not done her run yet. From the sound of her voice, I could tell that she needed to get out for a bit. I agreed to run with her as long as she was okay with having Ronin along.
It was a win for both all of us. Instead of running in the neighborhood, I picked her up and we drove to a nearby park. The scenery would be better and we even started out with a group of TNTers who just happen to be there for the weekly “buddy run.”
We ran along the trail for a total 2 miles. We stopped at each and every drinking faucet along the way to allow Ronin to fuel up. He was tiring out, but managed to make it to the half way point. This was where a local Music in the Park event was going on.
We hung around a bit as Ronin caught his breath. He was one tuckered dog when we arrived. After some water and being ordered to Stay in Down position, he perked up. We enjoyed great music and mingling with a whole lot of people (including Wendy’s husband and 3 sons, in the meantime.
By the time we left, Ronin was getting restless. He could smell the excitement in the air. He could also smell people’s dinner. We bid farewell and were soon on our way once more. We were back to the trail, revisiting the drinking faucets along the way, and enjoying the cool evening air.
In no time, we were back at the van and heading home to grab a bit to eat. And we ALL felt a whole lot better.