A Simple Running Log

November 19, 2014

Training for 11/19/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:00 pm

Today is a very special day!

Four years ago today, Nov. 19, 2010, Clark and I went to Goldsboro and picked up an undersized, slightly mangy weimaraner who needed a home.

First time I met Pepper, after responding to a Craigslist ad giving him away to a good home, as the woman holding him and her husband could no longer afford to take care of him. We picked Pepper up a few days later.

First time I met Pepper, after responding to a Craigslist ad giving him away to a good home, as the woman holding him and her husband could no longer afford to take care of him. We picked Pepper up a few days later.

We brought him back to our house, where he soon took two dumps in the dining room so huge we needed a shovel to remove them. Things weren’t off to a great start, but then we all went to bed, and he climbed up next to me, laid his head on my chest and fell asleep. He was still there when I woke up. So was an enormous pile of dirt.

Pepper got his first bath (probably ever) the next day and stopped taking horse-sized dumps in our dining room, and we’ve all been inseparable since. He is a pain in the ass who demands never-ending attention, but he’s our pain in the ass.

In honor of the occasion, here are some of my favorite pictures of Pepper from the last four years. It was hard to pick out a reasonable number! So I didn’t. Here’s a ton.

Asleep, in our bed, under the covers.

Asleep, in our bed, under the covers.

Some might say, “Oh, hell no, I’d never let a dog sleep on my bed!” But here’s what happened when we bought him his own:

screw your bed

Pepper loves to unstuff anything anyway.

Screw you, toy duck.

Screw you, toy duck.

Not selling it, Pepper.

Screw you, chair.

The whole reason we wanted a weimaraner was so I could run with him. Expecting a big ball of energy, we were surprised to get a dog who actually spends only about one hour of a typical day somewhere other than the couch.

Chilling on the couch with Clark and Snoopy, Chad's dog.

Chilling on the couch with Clark and Snoopy, Chad’s dog.

With me.

With me.

Sometimes he moves to the floor.

Sometimes he moves to the floor.

He has proven to be a great runner though!

Running with Clark.

Running with Clark.

Finishing a 5K with me.

Finishing a 5K with me.

All smiles during a trail run.

All smiles during a trail run.

Testing out the new jacket he got for Christmas a couple years ago.

Testing out the new jacket he got for Christmas a couple years ago.

Waiting for a treat after a run.

Waiting for a treat after a run, his favorite part.

He has other hobbies too. Well, one. Sticks.

Stick!

Stick!

Sometimes Pepper goes to my office with me.

His first time there, right after his first vet appointment.

His first time there, right after his first vet appointment.

Eventually, he got pretty comfortable there, and had no problem trying to take over the place.

pepper at work

Then there was that time last spring he ripped open his ear on an exhaust pipe and had to wear a cone for a few days.

pepper cone 1

Random picture of Pepper sitting in my car:

He sees your shoddy parking job, and he does not approve.

He sees your shoddy parking job, and he does not approve.

It’s been a pretty great four years with Pepper. Here’s to many more!

pep on steps

Right now, it’s about as warm as it’s going to get today, so I’m going to put Pepper in his dork jacket and run a few miles with him. Then I’ve got strength training on the schedule.

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