Tuesday, December 28, 2004
New Running Partner
We sprung Nelson! Me and the friendly and mellow Lab/Dobie mix on our way out of the Washington, D.C. Animal Rescue League this afternoon.
After signing duplicate forms promising that we would never abuse or neglect him, forking over a $100 adoption fee plus another $25 in donations, and ordering a bone-shaped stainless steel dog tag, we were handed Nelson, the big guy you see above, along with 5 pounds of Science Diet, a red nylon collar, leash, and halter collar.
Some of the information the rescue league gave us said that our new dog may be freaked out and anxious for the first week. But Nelson's been here only a few hours, and he's so relaxed that he's sprawled out, dozing, next to me. Of course, a vigorous 3-mile hilly walk this afternoon helped.
I'm going to start training him tomorrow if he's going to start running with me soon. He has to understand not to pull on the leash and stay on my left side. I'm also going to gradually up his cardio work. This dog's gotta keep up with me on my workouts.
Thanks for all of your kind comments about my finally getting Nelson. I really appreciate it. If any of you run with your dog and have some tips on that, I'd love to hear them.