I didn't go nearly as far as you Red, I did 20km in the forest with Charlie, wasn't originally going to go that far but I felt so good when we got to the top of the first long hill I let Charlie pick which way to go and he chose to continue going up to the Lambertskreuz hut, as usual there were quite a few hikers eating lunch up there. On the return leg we met a friend on his mountain bike and had a bit of a chat - he was doing a really long and hilly ride, he's a glutton for tough rides!
Dog club this afternoon, very busy day, we had more dogs and handlers than normal. I was very happy to be told by my Schutzdienst trainer that Charlie would be moving on to the big adult sleeve today. I was so pleased with him, he did really well.All our club members are going as a group to the Wurstmarkt on Monday night, it's always billed as the biggest wine fest in the world, and when it gets dark there will be a firework display. I shall be going horse riding this coming week, and then on Thursday I'm hosting a dinner for the club members. Do you see why I don't want to leave?
I am planning after retirement to spend the first few months on bumping up my training, I want to go swimming most mornings, run with the dogs and go for a bike ride whenever I want. I'm also looking at re-decorating the house, but not until spring. When /if I want to do something else, I will advertise my services as a dog walker - my SIL has been doing that for a couple of years and it is very successful, there are always people who are injured or sick and cannot take their dogs out, or just would like someone to walk their animals while they are at work.
To all of you asking if we are coming back to England, the answer is - probably not. I would really hate to leave my mates at the dog club, and our friends at the tri club, both clubs are really like family. Plus we have actually been here longer than either of us lived in GB, and we love being close enough to France to be able to go shopping there. Luxembourg is not that far either, and we can get to Austria or Switzerland in just a few hours. Sport is our major hook though - there are four 50m swimming pools within 10km of our house, plus 2 large swimming lakes. I guess you could say we've become "acculturated", or foreigners to our own land.
And you are quite right, you have to start slowly with a young dog and shouldn't really be doing any sort of distance runs until the dog is about a year old. Here in Germany, there is an endurance test for dogs which consists of 20km alongside a bike. All of our dogs have passed this test. As long as you train your dog in small increments you should be fine, but be warned - a husky normally will go until he drops. You will get tired long before an adult husky!