When we first got our puppy I tried to take her running with me. I feel really bad that I did. She was so little that she couldn't keep up and she thought I would leave her if she couldn't see me. I took her to the track and made it one lap. The poor puppy was breathless and thirsty and I had to take her home. After that if she saw me running she would sit on the porch and wait for me to finish. Now that she is older and bigger she enjoys going with me and loves to tag along. I feel safe with a canine companion. There is something comforting about a dog at my side. She has been known to chase the coyotes away as well as the wild turkeys. But, I really wish she wouldn't chase the wild turkeys. I need them to eat those rotten apples from under the trees. Even though I make her go outside most of the day, I really do like having a dog for a pet.