Ever since I first heard about labradoodles I wanted one. Hypo-allergenic like poodles, but the amazing disposition of Labradors. My perfect pet dog, right there! So, when I saw that some friend of ours was going to be having golden doodle puppies I jumped at the opportunity. Yes, I’ve lost my mind! Wanting a *puppy* while I’m in the middle of potty training, terrible two’s, preparing for another year of homeschool preschool, managing a very energetic 3-yr-old and the super silly 4-yr-old, while I’m struggling with keeping up with the housework, and maintaining some sense of a social life. Can’t you just imagine the chaos that runs in our house on a daily basis? But, we got her anyways.
We finally settled on the name Pixie Dust, and she settled right into the dynamic of our family. My youngest, who has always been a bit puppy-obsessed, immediately fell in love with this super sweet little dog, and I’ve got TONS of A.dor.a.ble pictures of the two of them. Anyways, when we traveled across the country to spend the summer with my family (and to help prep for my sisters wedding!), I knew that I was going to have to do something to keep this little pooch, and myself moving. See, back in the western part of TX, there is a much larger canine living in our backyard that had served as a wonderful energy expender for Ms. Pixie Dust, but this giant pooch simply could not make the trip with me and my children. Also, for me, well, I just couldn’t justify spending the money on a guest membership to a gym for 6 weeks. And so, me and the dog took up the c25k running program.
The first thing that we both needed was the proper equipment.
- I splurged on some new work-out clothes (which were needed anyways)
- Got some decent running shoes (my old ones were way too worn down)
- Pixie got a new leash – a retractable one, which I know isn’t the best thing for running with, it’s bulky and heavy, but if I lock it in place, we manage just fine
- I also did some research on if dogs need shoes as well. And decided that while she doesn’t currently *need* any shoes, if I become a marathon runner, then it might be a good idea to get her some to protect those precious paws.
I downloaded the c25k running program on my phone, along with some new songs, found a great place, and perfect time, and we hit the pavement!
- The first day I took things pretty slow because I didn’t know how well either one of us would do. However I was pleasantly surprised by both of us. I wasn’t dying at any point during the run, and she managed to keep up with minimal pulling, jerking, getting under foot, or other distractions.
- The second day she did even better, and I knew that I had found a running partner.
- By the third day (end of the first week), she was barking to wake me up, and jumping all around when I pulled out the leash, and I knew that she wouldn’t ever let me quit and I’d be making another purchase for some winter work-out clothes in another 4 months.
As far as fitting in my aerobics work-outs with the running…well…I may have to figure that one out when we travel back to dry west TX. As for now, I am thoroughly enjoying running with my dog in rainy west TN.