Hi everyone! I’ve got some really exciting news: I have a new running partner, and he’s freaking adorable!
His name is Ridley and he’s a rescue dog from the tiny town of Chevak, AK. He turned 10 weeks old on Sunday. He’s part of a litter that appears to be some kind of lab mix, but we’re not sure what he is. All we know is that he’s awesome half of the time, crazy part of the time, cuddly the rest of the time, and 100% adorable.
We picked him out at a clinic hosted last weekend by Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) and it was the most intense experience of my life. We saw pictures of his litter online and we knew we wanted to adopt him – the rest of his letter was yellow lab or an interesting mix of both, but he was the only dark one and I loved his little white paws and cute eyes. The problem was that lots of other people did too! But we managed to be first in line to pet him and as soon as he was in my arms I couldn’t say no. He was brought up to date on his shots and then was delivered to us on Wednesday! It’s been a crazy whirlwind of minimal sleep, tons of research on training methods, and lots of puppy kisses, but we’re all finally starting to settle into a routine and somewhat of an understanding of each other. Puppy motherhood is HARD!
He’s not much of a walker yet, much less a runner, but I know when he’s older he will be the perfect running and hiking partner. We named him Ridley after Ridley Creek State Park outside Philly, which is the place where I got married, started to run for the first time ever, and ran my first 5k. If his name is any indicator of what kind of dog he’ll be, he is going to be one awesome puppy!
Any tips for newbie puppy moms? How did you get your dog to like going on walks? He hates his leash!