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Buddy bounces back with a jog via Kirklee and the terraces of Great Western Road

By Ronnie McGowan

Running every day is not as onerous as you would think.

Finding time is always a challenge but so long as there are hours in the day then the exercise can always be squeezed in.

Buddy wouldn’t have it any other way, unless he gets ill.

Buddy the dog

Resilient: not much can put Buddy off his daily run

He recently succumbed to a mystery ailment, which laid him low for a day; he really was quite poorly.

Never a dog to take an illness lightly or quietly, a muzzle, painkiller and sedative were administered and this seemed to do the trick.

His anxiety levels rocket when in the surgery, once damaging an expensive piece of equipment after a grain of sand apparently lanced his paw.

Never a dog to take an illness lightly or quietly, a muzzle, painkiller and sedative were administered and this seemed to do the trick

He’s a robust dog with a low pain threshold but his heart murmur doesn’t prevent him from kicking the kitchen door, always eager to get on the move.

The canal offers a gentler environment to recover from a health scare and this outing turns north at Kelvindale station in the direction of Maryhill locks.

Maryhill locks

Gates: Maryhill locks is always a winning route

Buddy at Maryhill locks

Signs: Buddy sniffs out the way to recovery

The Clyde and Forth walkway is a pleasant natural facility which caters for a variety of distances.

If you’re a marathon addict then a trip to Kilsyth will have you clocking up the miles but today we peel off and follow the River Kelvin, emerging at Kirklee before taking in the terraces along Great Western road.

The architecture is never less than interesting, a particular favourite being the Pentecostal church in Westbourne gardens, but Buddy is more focussed on completing his three miles.

I’ve been keeping a closer eye on his reactions since the mini-illness, and he was relieved to tread the surf on his beloved beaches for a few days, me too admittedly.

Terraces of Great Western Road

Steps: Buddy takes a breather by Great Western Road

Onwards, approaching his twelfth birthday, we’re opting for quality of life over medication.

Choose life, choose running; his tail wags approvingly.

* Keep following Ronnie McGowan and his pet Jack Russell Buddy as they embark on a challenge of running every day for a year