Tesla has been a wonderful dog for the kids, putting up with lots of abuse along with the love. She has also been an awesome running buddy. She absolutely loves to run. When I get up in the morning to run she immediately starts crying to go with me. When I get home from a run without her she is just distraught when I get home, jumping all over me hoping I'll go back out. Unfortunately she's on a running time out after an incident that happened early lasts week. I took her on a run with me in the evening because that morning the temperatures were insanely cold. We got followed by a dog which scared Tesla. She ran to hide behind me and tripped me from behind. I fell hard on my left knee and slid across the ground. In my attempt to keep myself upright I twisted my right hip and I've had a bit of a twinge in it since. I think had I been running with a regular leash I would have had more control and possibly wouldn't have fallen, but the hands-free leash is so amazing and works 99% of the time. Ty and I decided it might be in my best interest not to run with her anymore until after the half-marathon. That way I don't get injured running with her and ruin the race I've been training so hard for. Hopefully I can have her trained a little better on the hands-free leash this summer. I'm not sure whether I'll actually wait that long to run with her since she loves it so much and is so desperate to go with me. I'll definitely wait until my knee and hip stop hurting before venturing out with her again. I'm frustrated and disappointed but there will always be hiccups running with a dog.
Random funny story about Tesla. Elise and I walked Tesla to the park. When we got home we all went inside and I put Tesla's leash away. Then I went back outside, I thought alone, to check the mail. I made lunch and Elise and I were sitting eating. Then Elise said, "Where's Tesla?" We called for her and she didn't come. We checked in the backyard and she wasn't there. We walked all through the house calling her and she never came. Finally I decided to check out front to see if she'd followed me out to get the mail. I opened the front door and called her name and she came running. She'd just been hanging out in the front yard for probably around 40 minutes and didn't run away! I was so impressed.