Penny’s Hitting her Stride

Despite my best efforts to hide in Penny’s crate on Sunday morning, Emily dragged me to the Chicago Marathon starting line. It was a perfect fall morning and Em did everything short of give me a piggyback to get us across the finish line in a respectable 3:34. I was also urged on by the fact I left Penny out of her crate! I was quite proud to find her snoozing and well-behaved when I got home.

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My pops came in for the race and before watching us run he got to see all the pups romp together

One of my favorite things is watching puppies run. Their body parts don’t quite match up so their gait is usually hilarious and awkward. They can usually only run in a curving diagonal – never quite straight ahead.

Eko had an extensive awkward puppy phase where his gangly butt would build up a head of steam running and then crash when he tried to stop because his legs got tangled on themselves.  Penny seems to have avoided that phase and she’s really starting to develop her form.

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At the beach I captured a side by side comparison of the two pups running in stride

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As you can see, the gait is nearly identical

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Paw, head and tail placement all matched

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Even their ears pop up at the same time!

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“I shall call her… mini-me!”

13.7Eko’s got the stride-length advantage, but I don’t think he’ll be outrunning Penny for much longer

As for me, well I won’t be out running for a while!

29 thoughts on “Penny’s Hitting her Stride”

  1. It’s such a proud moment when you come home to your young dog snoozing, I was so proud the first time I left Laika with free roam of the house for an extended period – when I came home she was snoring on the couch. Best feeling ever. Penny will be catching up to Eko pretty soon by the looks of it.

  2. Huge congrats on the marathon!
    I love the gangly, awkward puppy stage myself but yeah it looks like Penny has skipped that part to be just like her big brother. Great shots 🙂
    Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  3. Wow it’s incredible how similarly they run! Yep, Penny will be keeping up with her big bro before long, and eventually she’ll only see him in her rearview mirror! LOL But it’s interesting how, right now, she keeps her eyes on him the whole time. They’re such close companions, it’s wonderful! 🙂

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