I spent several years quite afraid of dogs, and then I dated a guy in high school who had a black Lab. I learned to get over my dog fear, and now I don't even remember it. I love dogs. I have two - they are our babies, and they are giant love bugs. Every now and then once of them will do what dogs do and get territorial over some toy or treat, but I've never experienced real fear with either of my pups.
|Look at these faces - ferocious.|
I think it's awesome to run with a dog. For me, though, running is MY time. Our dogs get plenty of exercise, and they're not missing out by not running with me. I've thought about taking our dogs to a race, but during a race I think it's poor race etiquette to have a dog unless it's expressly encouraged by the race.
I'll give my dogs some extra treats and snuggles to show my gratitude for their being good dogs during this commemorative week. If running with your dog is your thing, run it out. But I'll be lacing up my shoes and leaving the pups behind. They're spoiled enough as it is.