When I was a kid, growing up we’ve always had a dog and up until 7 years ago? (I am so terrible with time) I’ve had a dog in my adult life as well. The kids have been asking for another for quite some time now and I’ve been putting it off. Well, I finally broke. Maybe it was the fact that I felt guilty cuz I told them we MAYBE we could get one after I got back from our Grand Canyon run, maybe it was that I really wanted one. Whatever the case may be — I love our new pooch and am so glad that I caved.
I had an idea of the kind of dog I wanted us to get, the kids did too. Although their requirement was; it had to be cute. My requirement was a little more particular. I wanted a dog that I could run with and I don’t mean 5-10k’s. I wanted a dog that, after properly trained could run a 50k plus with me! So we started checking all the local shelters and some not so local ones. There were so many dogs that needed adopted and it was so hard not to just adopt the first few we found.
After a while of searching we thought we finally found one. It was in a kennel just over an hour away. He was a Blue Tick Coon Hound and would’ve fit perfectly with our family. I visited him, told the shelter about our house, our cat and played with the dog for about 20-30min. I thought it was a good fit, so I told the kids about him and a couple days later we drove back down to visit. I again told the kennel about our house and cat and we played with the dog outside for about 45min. I asked the kids if they wanted to take him home and they said, “YES!!” So we went inside to fill out all the papers. I filled them out and the kids played with the dog through the glass door he was behind. It was then when one of the workers noticed our form and quickly came over to let us know we couldn’t take him home because he wasn’t good with cats! I was kinda pissed and the kids a little heartbroken. But as I keep saying — everything in my life seems to happen for a reason.
So our search continued. One night I was on our local “Buy/Sell/Trade” Facebook pages and came across a post from a family that had to get rid of one of their dogs. I checked out the pictures and their description. Many people that are getting rid of dogs on those sites get harassed about doing so and a few quite deserving so because it seems they are trying to make a buck or are basically a “puppy mill”. Not this family. They adopted two puppies from the same litter and as the dogs got older they began to experience “litter-mate syndrome”. I’ve never even heard of that before, but apparently male dogs from the same litter will become combative and fight. Which is what they were doing. It was obvious that this family loved these dogs. They’ve already had them fixed, put them through obedience training, had an invisible fence, plus their kids loved them. They didn’t want any money for the dog, they just wanted to find it a good home.
I showed the kids the pictures of the dogs and submitted our “resume”, telling them about our family, our home, and how we would love to come meet them.
We scheduled a time to come meet Cato and Finn and at this time weren’t sure which one they were going to part with. When we got there the kids and I were so hoping it was going to be Cato. Not that Finn wasn’t cute or playful, but it was something about Cato. Maybe it was his two different colored eyes but when they said it was Cato that they were willing to part with before we even said anything — I had a feeling he was going to be ours.
The kids played with the dogs for a little while, while I chatted with their current owners (Joe and Lisa). Well… long story short (yeah right, huh? Too late.) We took Cato home. Their kids were pretty sad to see him go, but I think since they knew he was going to a good home they were able to deal with it easier. Not to mention that I’m now Facebook friends with Joe and Lisa and their kids are Instagram friends with Jeremy and Emily so they’ll be able to see what Cato is up to. Plus we suggested meeting up from time to time with them at the dog park for visits.
Well… without further ado. Let the barrage of photos begin — say hello to CATO!!!!!
Cato is an amazing puppy. Well behaved (except maybe barks a little too much), attentive, obedient (as much as a puppy could be) and is turning into quite the runner! I’ve started him out slow. First with just a few miles building him up to where he is now — 10miles. He won’t be a year old till the end of March so I’m not going to let him go any further till after he’s one and gets a check up. Properly trained, he should have no problem busting out a 50k with me!
I’ll end this post with a quick little video of Cato testing out one of his new harnesses. Such a well behaved dog – love him and yet again, proving what I always say — Everything happens for a reason. More exciting news along those lines later, very exciting happenings!!