The best running buddy: Jennifer Guernica and Ferguson

Jennifer Guernica poses for a selfie with her favorite running buddy, her dog Ferguson.
Jennifer Guernica poses for a selfie with her favorite running buddy, her dog Ferguson.

When we put out a call for runner selfies a few weeks ago, Jennifer Guernica sent in this gem showing her with her favorite running partner, her four-legged buddy Ferguson.

It reminded me of the importance of running buddies, whether they’re human or canine. Dogs need to get out and exercise, and Ferguson is no exception. On days when you might not want to go for a trot, a dog’s need to exercise can provide a nice boost of motivation.

“He is always ready to go running and knows which days he gets to go. He gets out of bed and sits outside the bathroom waiting for me,” Guernica says. “He hops up and down like a bunny while we get his jogging leash!”

Guernica says she feels at ease and relaxed when she runs with Ferguson, whom she describes as “the sweetest and happiest fuzzy guy.”

“I’m not really concerned with pace or anything else,” she says. “He just leads me around the trail and we ‘talk.’ He looks back at me to make sure I’m keeping up and I constantly laugh at him stalking squirrels and birdies while we run.”

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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