Meet Ruthie

A few weeks ago Mark and I made a late night drive to the airport to pick up our new family member…meet Ruthie!

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She is a 7(ish) month old Boston Terrier mix from TX. Initially we thought we were looking at a dog that was about 30 min from us, but turns out the TX shelter is part of a network of shelters, and we found her through the connection to the local shelter.

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By the time we realized she was in TX we were already in love with her, and that shelter was already checking our references and chatting with our vet about what had happened with Bishop etc. About 4 days after initial contact Ruthie was making her way to us on a cargo flight from TX. It all happened very fast, but I think it was meant to be, because Ruthie has fit right into our life so easily.

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I mean, she’s a puppy so there are puppy things we are dealing with, but she came to us with some basic training and she’s super responsive to training we’ve been doing with her. And, her and Sky are the best. They run, and play, and rile each other up, and wear each other out. It’s pretty perfect!

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Two peas in a crate. 🙂 

We love having a dog in the house again. In particular I’m enjoying it more than I though I would. Mark and Sky were on board long before I was, but I’m so glad she’s here now that we have her!

A Walk In The Park

We have been to the park a lot lately! I have new trail shoes to break in, so far just been walking in them to get a feel for them, and Sky, and the dogs, have energy to burn. So, every time there is a break in the rain, or the sun comes out we drop everything and head to the park. Thankfully it’s only two or three minutes tops from out house and has miles, and miles of trails and paved paths to enjoy.

If not for being so close to the park and being able to walk when I want I would lose my mind over the lack of running!

“That tree is sick Mommy”.

 My munchkin…she loves picking our path.

Mark had the next day off  and the sun was out, so we took the dogs and the munchkin and burned some energy. Bishop (black dog) had an appointment with the vet last week to evaluate his health issues/quality of life. He’s 14, going on 15 and was in visible pain (the last walk we did with him a week or so ago was a disaster). But, with new pain meds on board he is doing so much better, and was able to go on a decent walk. We let him set the pace and cut it short so he didn’t do too much (he was gimpy the next day) but, it’s like he’s a whole new old dog, for however long it lasts.   

Bishop and I were pretty far behind the faster family members so I missed the family photo op that this view provided. I love how the branches arch over the path. In the summer these trails are the perfect cover/shade from the sun on really hot days…perfect for trail running!

Loving my new Brooks Cascadia’s! Lot’s of walking right now, but as soon as Silas is a little better on the leach I’m hitting the trails with him every chance I get. He’s a great running partner, still pulls a bit too much and swerves into me.

I still have mostly road races in the next few months, but after May I plan on taking it back to the trails for more of my runs. It’s how I started, it makes my heart happy, and I think it will be kinder to my back/body. I’ll still road run, but just need more balance in my running life.

Speaking of running, this is just about how every run goes. 3 miles, and it’s a fast run if I get close to 10. I’m going to keep plugging away at it short and slowly.

The watch seems to be working again, but I’m taking photos of the finish screen just because I like tracking miles/progress over the year.

I enjoy my walks with Sky so much. She’s just so happy to be outside exploring and picking our trail. Plus she talks a lot, I hear all sorts of things about school and what goes on in her head. I have a feeling we will be walking a lot as she goes through rough patches growing up.