Friday, November 20, 2009

Adventures with Travis

Adopting Travis has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I was warned, "Dogs are a lot of work," but it's been nothing but rewards on my end. I have to walk him 3x a day. Woe is me. You mean, I have to spend 30 minutes a couple times a day running and walking on trails, enjoying the sunshine and stopping every now and then to smell the flowers? Oh, the agony! There is nothing better than waking up and going for a walk with your best friend first thing in the morning. It's a great way to warm up before a work out. In addition, he's always happy to see me when I get home (aka the nickname "Mr. Wiggles" when I walk in the door). After dinner and an evening walk, we work on obedience commands. He is a fast learner and has gotten, "Sit", "Shake", "Down", "Stay", "Come", "Beg", and "Roll Over" down pat. He's also a very good snuggler. On weekends, we frequent all the dog parks and beaches (Travis is a guy magnet). I take him everywhere with me.

I've been starting to train again. Very unofficial. Just a lot of relaxed group runs, some masters swims, and group rides. Ah, it feels good to feel sore again.

P.S.--Got a LifeFitness functional trainer today. Most awesome home gym EVER!!!

Photo Journal:

"Hurry up, Mom! Let's go!"

"I'm coming, I'm coming." (love it when his tongue hangs out).

"YIPPEE!!!"

"WAIT! What's that? Is it a rabbit?!"



"I smell a rabbit!"

"Time for a nap."








10 comments:

Sarah said...

Travis is quite a handsome dog! It sounds like you have a pretty awesome dog and he is equally happy :) They are such awesome adventure partners, and never complain about having to get up early! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Terrish B said...

Oh Travis is soooooo cute! I wish that I had a doggy! Have a great weekend!

Renee said...

So freaking cute! I did not want to get a dog because of the work, but like you I have enjoyed incorporting him into my days and having him along makes things more fun!bourevan

Southern Cernock said...

He is gorgeous. I'm an animal lover as well, and believe that they are so beneficial to their owners.

Nicole said...

He is sooooo cute! I just want to kiss his face!! You are so lucky that you have a dog! We have to wait 'till we move back to the states!

Xavi Garcia said...

Fantastic dog!Is he a black labrador? ...it recalls me my Goldie (Golden Retriever) that died last summer during one of my training in Brazil...we don't know what happened?

I miss him...

Rachel take care and long live to Travis!

"XTB" Xavi.

Tri Dave said...

I was house sitting for my brother and sister-in-law two weeks ago. They have two cats and a black lab (female named Sarah). Walking her was great. There's nothing like a big dog resting her head on the edge of the bed at 6am huffing and puffing because she wants to go out. It was so much fun!

Bob D said...

He's a handsome dog, enjoy him!

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Laura said...

so cute. I really miss having a dog but know that the time just isn't right.