Whiskey is the dog and I’m the human. Together we hike. This blog will hopefully be most parts hiking in the ‘ham, some parts reviews of dog books and products, and rest parts dog randomness.
A wee bit about the human and the dog. I always wanted a dog growing up and never had one. I dreamed of Christmases where boyfriend of the moment would give me the puppy of my dreams who would bounce out of a box. I then graduated to waiting anxiously for a dog to just appear out of the mist and plant himself firmly in my doorway saying “I’m yours. Your welcome.” But yeah, none of that happened. However, this year, the beloved partner in crime (husband) decided it was dog time. I worried at our ability to not kill it. We haven’t killed the cactuses he pointed out. Excellent point. But we aren’t the most reliable of folks. A poet and a musician. We also joked that the survival rate of the dog might indicate our potential at parenthood… so we adopted Whiskey.
Whiskey was originally named Ajah (which we thought was, well, kind of girly for such a big boyish dog). He was given up by his owner, a female in TN and placed in a high kill shelter. After what they deemed a “long enough time to get adopted” he was scheduled to be put down. A rescue organization here was tipped off and went and got him and his brother before they could be euthanized. He then spent another several agonizing months waiting for a home here. While they wanted the pair to be kept together, it seemed they had no takers on the pair of alleged huskies. We as first time pet owners had three main criteria for a dog: be house trained, be good with cats, and be pretty calm. We were assured he was all of these. We got him home and he was none. However, we muddled through it, and several carpet stains later we emerged victorious (frazzled half eaten cats and all). We still have one cat who continues to be on strike, refusing to come into the house or be nice to the dog. But we have one cat who’s taken to sleeping next to Whiskey and loving on him regularly. I have hope BabyCat will come around…hmm.. As for us, the dog luckily also calmed down once he had some time under his belt. Regular walks and hiking are a must.
So that’s how Whiskey came to be here. I count my life immeasurably more blessed and fabulous now that he is part of it. He’s a sweet wonderful dog. But we are definitely new dog owners, and have a lot to still learn. However, I feel we have a lot we can share with others too. For instance we encourage people to rescue animals. Whiskey was very lucky to have found his way to a rare no kill shelter. It was a shame that he spent (near as we can tell) approximately half of his first year of life in a shelter, and therefore in a cage. We also try to educate people about the prejudice against adopting black dogs, and how black colored dogs are the most euthanized color of dogs. Now that we have him we have a goal to hike as much as possible and make life as wonderful for Whiskey as possible. Lucky for me he really likes to hike. I look forward to sharing all our hikes with you!
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