for new year’s day, i took toby up his namesake peak, mt toby. the vet said i needed to keep his mileage around 6 miles and stick to the trails. since the 10 month old pup is still growing, his joints are vulnerable to the jarring on his joints which could lead to arthritis later in his life. i was disappointed to hear this, but was happy to take to the trail for a little fun.
toby was a champ, running straight and true up the trail despite the numerous dogs on the trail trying to distract him. my legs were a little tired from the 15 miles i ran earlier that morning, but toby gently tugged me up the trail, aiding my climb on the steep ascent. the trail was a little icy and caused me to take a spill. toby slipped a little, but was able to stay upright. the run made me think about the gear adjustment that both myself and my dog will have to make in the coming winter weather, such as doggie booties. i couldn’t help but think about how i could fashion a pair of doggie crampons for my bud so that i can take him ice climbing. making the crampons is easy, the trick is teaching him to belay!