Meet Mesa!!



Our life just wasn't the same without a dog around!

We found Mesa on Craigslist (gotta love the site -- we've furnished our entire home from there!) from a family who had bought her as a puppy, but had since had two boys and was moving to a home without a yard. Not a good situation for a dog with a LOT of energy). I had posted for a Vizsla (look up the breed) a while ago, which was our ideal breed, but didn't expect a response.

Before their email, we had waivered back and forth. Should we get another dog? Puppy? Or nothing at all? We quickly realized we had NO time for a puppy. So then the question was... dog or no dog?

But then the owner forwarded pictures, and I was hooked :). Too cute not to have a "forever" home!! Best yest, she has been GREAT so far. She's super affectionate, a FABULOUS runner (runs alongside you without much pulling at all!!!), and just adds humor and adventure around the house. It's funny, but as much as I enjoyed Ellie around the home, I have fallen in love with Mesa.

I have to watch out for Mesa's paws - even though she has the stamina to run many, MANY miles, she hasn't been exercised much lately. Her paws are very soft, and were very raw after we ran her for two days. Granted, those first two days were 10 and 11 miles (note: she didn't even look WINDED after either of those). So I've scaled down her running until her feet can take it, but I don't think it'll be long. She'll be a fabulous running companion. She's already learning that she should be estatic whenever I ask "Go for a run?!?" :). Super fun.

Did I mention I have already fallen in love? :)

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

2 comments:

  1. You're the second person I know who wanted a viszla. Looking up the breed, they're aggressive and nearly untrainable. Not what I'd want!

    Mesa looks like a sweetheart.

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  2. What? Where did you read that? Per everything else I've read (and seen from Mesa):

    The Vizsla holds a unique position for a sporting dog – that of household companion and family dog.

    The Vizsla is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an outstanding trainability. Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct.

    Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, including children. Often they are referred to as "velcro" dogs because of their loyalty and affection. They are quiet dogs, only barking if necessary or provoked.

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