Translated into English by Mark Jimenez
My name is Daisy. I’m a 16 month old German Shorthaired Pointer. I live at home with my friend Roxy the Dog and my person Mark. Roxy is ok. She’s 3 now and she thinks she’s a big deal. Sometimes we play ball and run around the backyard together, but usually she ends up getting mad at me for something and then she’ll snap at me. It’s a good thing I’m faster than her. Sometimes I think she wants to bite my ear off. Sometimes we snuggle, though. Roxy really likes to snuggle with people. Mark lets her sleep with his oldest daughter. Roxy is lucky.
Mark is the most fun, though! Every morning a strange sound goes off upstairs before the sun comes up. Then I hear Mark start moving around. I know it won’t be long before he comes downstairs to let me out of my crate and go outside. When I hear the sound of the water swirling I know it will be soon. I’m standing and ready to go as soon as he comes down. He opens my crate and I run right to the back door! I’m so excited to get outside and see if there are new smells! Also, I have to pee pretty bad.
He lets me outside and out I go! Zoom! I try to show Mark how fast I can get to the stuff that looks like grass, but it isn’t really grass, to pee there. I look at him to see if he’s watching me but usually he has turned around and started putting stuff places. I’ll run around the pool a few times. Usually it’s too early for any birds to be up. Mark gets up super early, he even beats the early birds!
I come to the door to let Mark know I’m ready to come inside. I know he’s going to go for a run and I don’t want him to forget about me. I sit like a really pretty girl while he pours the black stuff into a cup and then eats something round with delicious peanut butter on it. Yes, I know what peanut butter is. I will do anything for peanut butter. One time I saw Mark eating peanut butter and I went and caught a pigeon. I know Mark doesn’t like pigeons so I got one for him to show him how good I can be. Mark told me I was a good girl, but he didn’t give me peanut butter.
Soon Mark finishes his round thing with peanut butter and his black drink. He lets me inside then he goes into the room downstairs where they keep the delicious cat food. I love cat food. It’s almost as good as peanut butter. Mark usually doesn’t let me eat that either. I know what Mark is doing in there. I can smell it. I don’t understand why he does it in that room instead of outside like I do. Humans can be so weird.
Afterwards Mark will head back upstairs for a few minutes. I’ll hear water and a brushing sound. When he comes back down he has his shoes on! I’m so excited! I have so much energy and I’m ready to run. I can’t want to show him how fast I can go! I love to run!
Mark calls me over and puts my harness on that changes color. It’s so embarrassing. Sometimes we’ll see other dogs and they don’t have harnesses that light up. Sometimes those dogs make fun of me when we go by. To a human it sounds like this, “Bark, bark, bark bark bark, growl bark bark.” To me they are saying, “look at you, with your cute little light up harness. I’ll bet your person doesn’t even let you sleep on the bed.”
They’re right, he doesn’t (although sometimes I try to sneak in before he can put me in my crate).
I try to ignore them.
As soon as Mark clips my leash on I know we are headed out the door! Woohoo! A new adventure! I can hardly wait! Mark turns his light on and off we go! I’m so excited and I have so much energy! I bounce all the way down the street until we make our first turn. Then I settle into a steady jog next to Mark. Mark doesn’t run very fast, but he can run a long time. That’s ok. I’ll show him my sprinter speed when we get home.
The smells are so awesome! I can smell cats, dogs, snakes, lizards, bugs, and even coyotes. Mark likes coyotes. We see them all the time on our runs. Usually he says hello to them when we see them in the distance, and he calls them pretty. I’m pretty too. I wish he’d call me pretty more. The funny thing about coyotes is that sometimes I don’t smell them. Mark sees them before I smell them. They are sneaky creatures, but Mark likes them, so I guess they are ok.
You know what my favorite thing to do is on these runs? Chase rabbits! Those sneaky rabbits think they can hide from me, but I’m a hunting dog! I see them all over the place and if we get close then I’ll pounce! But that thing around my neck usually pulls me back before I can get to the rabbit. Then Mark will say, “calm down, girl.” and we’ll keep running. Doesn’t he know that rabbits are tasty? Actually, I don’t know that rabbits are tasty, I’ve never had one, but they look tasty. And they look like they’d be fun to catch too. Why won’t Mark let me catch a rabbit? I’m a good girl and I know I can get one!
Sometimes I make Mark fall. I can’t help it! I’m just 16 months old and sometimes there are dogs that people don’t have on leashes. And they run right at me so I run to Mark for protection. I try to get under his big long legs where I know it’s safe, but that usually ends up with Mark on the ground. He gets really mad then, but not at me. He’ll yell at the mean dogs’ people and tell them to keep their dogs on a leash. I don’t like it when Mark gets mad. Usually he’s so nice to everybody. I guess he doesn’t like falling down or being let down. Nobody likes that.
Mark doesn’t stay down for long, though! He’ll pop back up and off we’ll go! Woohoo! I love Mark, he is the best! I can smell the house in the distance. Mark likes to speed up as we get closer. Before too long we’ll be back inside. Then Mark let’s me in the backyard again and I go to pee. I don’t know why, but running makes me have to pee!
Sometimes when we get back I get what Mark calls “the zoomies.” This is when I run really fast and jump over things. I’m just so happy that Mark took me on a run! When he lets me back inside I’ll jump over couches, take the stairs 5 or 6 at a time, run around the upstairs, run back down, jump off the sides of walls, and do everything I can to show him how awesome I am. I’ll grab anything I can put in my mouth that I think he’ll like. Socks smell good. Anything out of the trash can smells good. I love bringing that stuff to Mark. The best is when I make him chase me to get it. It’s funny watching him try to chase me. Roxy is much better at it. But, like I said, Roxy can be mean. She’ll snarl and bite me.
It’s pretty cool being a dog! Sometimes I hear Mark tell people that I’m the perfect running buddy, and that makes me happy. I hope one day when I’m out for a run I’ll see you! I’ll try not to jump up to say hello, but I’m still learning. I just get so darn excited!
See you on a run!