My boys have always wanted a dog and had recently resorted to telling me that if I continued to deny them the opportunity I was going to ruin their childhood. That’s not what made me finally relent but now that they are older (10 & 16), they’re able to shoulder the responsibilities of pet ownership (under adult supervision, of course). We now have not one, but two husky puppies at our house.
Huskies are bred to be working dogs. They like to have a “job.” They are curious and very energetic. All the research I did on the breed told me that they need and want A LOT of exercise and that’s where I come in. It seems I’ve added two cardio partners into my life. A happy husky is a well exercised husky. They are born to run….they want to run….they NEED to run.
Did I ever mention I’m not a runner?
What I should say is that I wasn’t a runner until now. Part of the commitment I had to be willing to make was to see the dogs get proper exercise. They don’t love the heat so early morning exercise is best for them. Conveniently, this is when the boys are at school (or in the summer at work/camp etc). That leaves me.
I’ve accepted the idea and am now actually looking forward to our runs. Luckily, they are too young to go quite yet so we’ll start with slow walks, then fast walks, then jogs…then jogs with some real running thrown in. We’ll grow into it together.
The good news is that for the next number of years I’ll have a built-in reason to exercise every day. While I might be willing to flake on myself once in a while, how could I ever deny my new little favorite, bestest, most adorable, darling babies…..I mean, the puppies, their daily excursion?