Yosemite National Park

The Soapstone Trail, between Catonsville and Arbutus, offers views, exercise and escape

The Soapstone Trail, between Catonsville and Arbutus, offers views, exercise and escape

When Benjamin Broedel goes to run the Soapstone Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park, he makes sure he’s hydrated and packs some salted nuts or a protein bar for a trail snack. He fills up a CamelBak with water and then grabs some plastic “poo bags.”

His dog, Tiger, a 9-year-old mutt, loves to run the trail, too. Broedel, 30, said running the trail with Tiger has allowed the two to connect.

“We developed a bond there. I would take him running on that same trail because he knew it and he sort of had a routine,” Broedel said. “That’s where I trained him.”

With age, Tiger can’t always run as far as he used to and Broedel has to make sure not to overexert the dog to keep from...

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