I thought I'd try taking the pooch with me this morning, so off we went at 5.30 and it was fine until he first saw a cat and then spotted a Muntjac deer on the path that runs beside the Rec and it was all downhill from there. The deer bounded away and I managed to hold him back until it was out of sight, but then he was hot on the scent trail, taking me with him. That was fine for the 5 minute warm up walk (new record for speed walking!) and I kept him on track until we hit the field and the morning smells distracted him. I managed a 15 minute run before I gave up and let him sniff to his hearts content. I think on Wednesday I'll leave him on the sofa.