When Running Outside Seems ImPAWsable

It's 6pm on a Tuesday night. The sun has already set and the evening is dark. Midnight dark. It's winter time. It's cold. It's already getting old. AND it's only December. 

Your friends are meeting up for tour of tacos throughout Lakewood in 30 minutes and you only just arrived home after a 50-minute, six-mile commute from downtown. I90 was a parking lot. Again. And after leaving the house at 6:30AM today, the last thing you want to do is venture out of the house. It's snowy, it's cold, parallel parking isn't your strongest skill. 

But, tacos. And it's tacos with friends you haven't seen in a while. Everyone has such a tight schedule these days, it's also going to be tough canceling as well. Plus, there is no dinner food in the house and you could use a strong drink to unwind.

After schlepping the work bags in, taking the parka off, your new pup of two years age is racing around the house like the Plinko player on The Price Is Right, he barks, 'You.Are.Back!! Now we go play, right?! Why would you leave me today, like yesterday?!' All through a bark and a simple head turn to the curious side.

You know full well the dog will keep you up tonight if he doesn't get outside and run around enough, you are going to suffer a sleepless night and a prime setup for a Wednesday meltdown. What to do? What. To. Do? You think. Stay in? Go back outside with the pup? Skip tacos and much needed friend time? 

Just as popular as South American cuisine and beer are in Lakewood, having a dog in Lakewood ranks fairly high. To wander the streets with Butch, Bo, Lenny and Zoe, you will also pass by Izzy, Naia, Marlon and Winston. Hang out at Lakewood Dog Park and you will find ever-popular Penny, Gracie and Henry and their owners wrapped up like Ralphie ala 'A Christmas Story.'

As we head into the busy, celebratory New Year, and Cleveland winter season, these pups need just as much outdoor play time as in the milder seasons, albeit some with the need for additional cold weather gear and reflective apparel. 

For those who can't get out regularly, meet the Rustbelt Dog Runners. Started by Matt Stevens (Pure Physio) and Leah Wilson – along with Vanessa Aron, there is now a group of runners ready to run your beloved pup and bring him or her home, happy, healthy and ready for a nap.

The impossible (not Cleveland Browns football…) is now very PAWsable.

Founded in health and happiness; this local westside Cleveland start-up is ready to hit the streets with your beloved four-footed friend. Whether scheduled out or in need of a quick helping hand, RBDR is interested in running your pup for you. For more information please reach out to us to learn more. Find us on Facebook, email us: rustbeltdogrunners@gmail.com and give Matt a call to 330-936-3385.  

Stay safe, warm and happy, Lakewood.

Former Lakewood resident looking to move back, Vanessa Aron is a published writer and business consultant with a passion for the outdoors. From gardening, to camping and crossfit and running.

Vanessa Aron

Former Lakewood resident looking to move back, Vanessa Aron is a published writer and business consultant with a passion for the outdoors. From gardening, to camping and crossfit and running.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016