This past fall, when I was training for the Marathon, something really cool happened to me out on the road. Whether or not I let on here, all that long distance running, solo, got really lonesome. I was out on my 14 mile run, all by myself Sad Story, when these two dogs came out of no where and ran with me.
Instantly, I felt encouraged by companionship in my long run, and ever since that day, my husband and I have been talking about getting a dog. I have always been an animal lover. However, we both felt this would be a huge commitment for us, taking on a pet.
How would a new pet, (we have one very spoiled house cat) , affect our day to day lives? Would we have time to give the dog the proper attention it would need to be happy? Would we be both be involved in training the dog? Do we have space for a dog?
We were both excited by the idea but needed to give it some time to marinate. We both feel introducing a new character into our lives is a commitment that we don't take lightly. If we do this, it's important to us that our pet be an active member of our little Noel unit. After months of chatter, we agreed a retriever or Labrador would be ideal for us at this stage. We want an active, friendly, and intelligent new pet. We're on the verge of a move, life is crazy, and we agree a puppy will have to wait until after the move.
Until the perfect scenario presented itself, and we just couldn't say no. Introducing Mr.Nacho Noel
Nacho is a Golden Retriever/ Labrador Retriever mix (intentionally bred). Nacho's Dad is man's best friend to my husband's first cousin that's way too many degrees of separation. Nacho is three weeks old. He enjoys eating, sleeping, pooping, and cuddling. He's unsure about running for fun, but like any new runner he'll warm up to the idea with time. Right now his favorite past time is my favorite past time, cuddles, and I am instantly in love with our new family member.
|Nacho and I: Let's never part|
Mr. Noel is unsure about the puppy stage and wants to skip straight to the hop in the back of the truck and take a ride with me big floppy dog stage.
|Nick meets Nacho for the first time|
This will be an adjustment for us all, and we could not be more excited to take on this challenge! Yes, this is a little bit of a let's start small before jumping to a real life human baby test for us. Real talk, I have no qualms admitting to that. It will be another three to four weeks before Nacho comes to live with us. I'm terrible at sitting on secrets, and I've been on this one for a hot minute.Since January when I found out Nacho's Mom was expecting him. That's a long time yo!
Nacho is already standing apart from the crowd, straight stylin in a lime green dog bone embellished collar from Petsmart. #annoyingthingsthatbloggersdo
Advice time, those of you with man's best friend living with you, what are your puppy must haves?