Natalie White is a competitive mountain runner. To the uninitiated Natalie runs up and down big mountains! The ones with snow on the top!
Having run since the age of nine years old, Natalie’s athletic CV includes representing Great Britain and England at the World and also European Mountain Running Championships. A former British and English Fell Running Champion, placed 4th in the OCC in 2016 and if that wasn’t enough, completed the 330km Tor des Géants in Italy last year http://www.tordesgeants.it/en
Now I know some of my friends may not be as enthused by running as I am so I thought I might include another more unusual anecdote to Natalie’s CV – she once chased down a man who head butted a friend of hers in the UK. The poor fool really didn’t know what he had let himself in for as he thought running away would be a good course of action but Natalie chased the man through the town shouting “I’m a British Fell champion don’t you know”. He eventually gave up exhausted and was handed over to the police. Food for thought for Natalie’s competitors, if you look over your shoulder to see Natalie White close to you in a race – you better have something left!
For those of you who follow Natalie http://natsmountain.weebly.com/coaching.html or https://twitter.com/natsmountain you may have noticed her accompanied by her dog Rosa! Rosa is actually the real star of this week’s blog to be honest I wasn’t sure how Natalie might react to being overshadowed by her four legged friend! She apparently has got used to it and judging by how comfortable she is at the track I can see why! So here is a little bit of information on the superstar that is Rosa the Super hound!
1. Could you tell us what age Rosa is and what breed she is?
Rosa is a German Shorthaired Pointer who is 8yrs old.
2″Have you owned Rosa since she was a puppy?”
I went to see Rosa’s breeder to choose a puppy. I saw Rosa when she was a few weeks old, blind and deaf is how they’re born. She was a cheeky one so wanted to choose her. I went to visit her every week until I could take her home at 8 weeks!
3. Were you a previous dog owner back in the U.K.?
Growing up I always owned pet rabbits, then a cat, them hamsters! Dogs can actually go running with you which is a bonus 🙂
4. Has Rosa changed you in anyway?
Rosa is definitely part of the family. I always say she’s a human in a dogs body haha
She’s a super hound and is a really good training companion.
5. Was she difficult to train?
Hmm – whilst living in the Lake District I couldn’t let her off the lead that much due to lots of sheep all over the fells. Once in the Alps she had the freedom to run and run. I think you can say she’s a well behaved dog with selective hearing 😉
6. Are there any challenges to owning a dog like Rosa?
Rosa’s breed GSP’s have so much energy. They need lots of exercise to tire them out. They do say that mental games for them will tire them out more than physical exercise.
7. Do you run together all the time? How many miles would Rosa run in a week?
Most of the time Rosa runs with myself and Robbie. If we’re doing a hard rep session sometimes it’s easier to give her a rest and take her out afterwards. She doesn’t quite understand how reps work and will just sit down on the trail with a stick haha
We did attach a special dog GPS on to her collar once but when she runs off in to the woods it looses signal so doesn’t work great.
8. When you are training for a major race do you need to exercise Rosa at different times.
Rosa will come with us most of the times. I do try and plan a route with water available in streams and rivers especially in the hot weather. If we’re heading on really rocky terrain or in a nature reserve Rosa will just take a rest and we’ll take her out before or after.
9. Does she get on well with other dogs/animals? What do you feed her? Does she have any favourite treats?
Funny but sometimes Rosa prefers the company of male dogs rather than females. Maybe she just likes to flirt with them and she thinks females are the competition haha
She’s mainly ok with all dogs. Cats she dislikes!!
Rosa has a sensitive stomach so eats Burns Pork & Potato twice a day. However her best meal is breakfast as she eats two slices of toast with butter haha
10. If you were to offer any advice to someone getting a dog like Rosa what would it be?
GSP’s require lots and lots of exercise, so remember that they have lots of energy so need to be walked or ran a few times a day at least. Rosa has adapted to our lifestyle so can run in the mountains all day!
So that’s it folks a brief insight into the world of Rosa the wonder hound,it’s fair to say that Rosa leads a life that a lot of us might love to have and I’m sure we are all really jealous!There is some really good advice there from Natalie for looking after such an active dog. So a huge thank you from myself and Daisy the dog for taking the time to talk to us and interrupting your busy schedule.
We hope this gives you a little insight into two super athletes and best friends!
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