– Liquid hydration= acquired
– Clothes (underwear, shorts, ripped t-shirt, socks, Senegalese jelly shoes)= ON
– Space Time Continuator (watch)= Check
– K-9 companions= Following
Almost every day I like to try and maintain physical fitness by going on a thirty minute run through Senegal’s beautiful all natural landscape. The run provides a sense of solitude and usually it’s only my dogs, nature, what seems like an infinite dirt road and I. Though today, I had no idea that this morning was going to be one for the books.
To fill you in, I legally have no dogs. I want one and persistently ask my host mother if I can buy one, but constantly get reminded with the question “what will become of your dog once you move back to America?” So without hesitation or second thought I did the next best thing and started to feed my unwanted leftovers to a stray dog that resides outside my house. In turn I’ve gained a spotless plate at every meal, an avid listener and a courageous guardian when I go on my runs. At first it started out as my dog and I but as time went on my friend started bringing his friends and the run sort of turned into a party.
But why write about today of all days? Well I’ll tell you, today I had energy and without second hesitation I decided to sprint rather than go on the average, casual run. A strong fifteen minutes in and I was winded, against my will I collapsed on the dirt road. When my dogs finally realized I wasn’t running anymore they came back and crowded my already hot and sweaty body with even more unwanted hot-breath.