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...