I Tested The Theory That Dogs Cover Double The Distance Their Owners Do When Out Walking

You know how dog-owners often speculate their dogs cover tons more ground when they take them out for a run? I decided to put it to the test, by putting a GPS unit on my dog, Simba, and one on myself, as we took a couple of hikes. I then put the recordings into Google Earth, playing simultaneously, to show a bird’s-eye-view of a typical walk with my energetic hound. They came out well and make for some funny viewing! If you’re wondering, the answer is dogs cover 42% extra distance, henceforth known as Adams’s Dog Constant.

The back-story with Simba is she was rescued off the streets of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in 2013, and was the very first rescue of my friend Brittany, who went on to found the country’s first animal welfare centre last year.

My wife and I adopted her from Brit a few days after rescue. She was only five weeks old – we never managed to find out how she’d come to be on the streets so young. After just over two years in Tanzania, we moved with her to Chamonix, France, in November ’15, where she’s been getting daily walks in the mountains and has adapted very quickly to being a snowdog. Overnight, she’s made the transition from a tropical climate, with 35-celsius daily temperatures and 100% humidity, to freezing cold and snow. We still have to dress her up in a few layers when we go out, but she’ll happily hike for four or five hours in the deep powder, and continues to amaze us with her tenacity. You’ll see from the videos that she’s a bit of a nutter and charges all over the place! Hope this story is of interest!

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Believe it or not, this was the very first photo I took of Simba, the day I got her. The cuteness was off the charts

We followed it up with these two photos, once I’d helped her up the step she’d been resting her chin on

The time Simba found herself battling the forces of darkness right after bathtime

Now onto her new life in France: Snowdog

And mountaindog