Meet our new BRF (Best Running Friend)

We have some happy news to share.  Meet our puppy!

He is a rescue from the Tallahassee Animal Shelter.  Everything we know about him is here on this card.  He was a stray found on April 15.  They believe he is an English Pointer - Lab.  

Approximately four months old, he is a big lovable boy and so very sweet. Check out the big paws and his beautiful green/gold eyes.  

We've been planning to adopt a dog for over a year.  But with a lot of race travel and family-related travel, it got pushed back again and again.  On Saturday, we were at our local animal shelter to donate blood.  They had a promotion going on, and we got a 'certificate' that would waive the customary adoption fees.   

We walked through the kennel area and this little face caught our eyes right away.  

We asked to play with 'Gunther' (the name shelter  staff gave him) and ...  I am almost positive I actually heard "So This is Love" from Cinderella playing out loud...    It was love at first sight for all three of us.

So this is love, Mmmmmm
So this is love
So this is what makes life divine
I'm all aglow, Mmmmmm
And now I know
The key to all heaven is mine
My heart has wings, Mmmmmm
And I can fly
I'll touch ev'ry star in the sky
So this is the miracle that I've been dreaming of
So this is love

We put in an application for him that same visit.  But he wasn't 'fixed' yet - so we've had to wait until his surgery was done, before we could bring him home on Tuesday.  

Of course we went back to visit him the next day, Sunday.  While the puppy had been a bit shy the day before, you can see he is coming out of his shell more and more.  (DG looks grumpy here for some reason - so don't mind him.)

Yesterday, this little guy was neutered.  And the shelter is closed on Mondays, so we couldn't see him.  Sad day all around.

But, today he says Good-Bye to this:

and HELLO to his new Forever Home.  

The days have been very long waiting for this little guy.  But we had a chance to puppy-proof the house, and to pick up all the things he needs:

  • Food
  • Bed
  • Crate
  • Leash
  • Bowls
  • Treats
  • Rawhide and other chewy things
  • Toys and more toys
  • Shampoo
  • Doggie sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/paste

His first vet appointment is tomorrow - so he can get all checked out. But I can't believe how big he is already, to be only about four months. His teeth are so tiny and just coming in, so I know he is still a baby, but I'm having difficulty lifting him due to his sheer size.  I mention this because, I had every intention of recreating the Simba and Rafiki scene from The Lion King, but he is too big for me to handle like that, over my head.


Maybe I can convince DG to stand in as Rafiki.  I think he'll do it.

We are both really looking forward to taking Magnus out for walks, once he is healed from his sterilization procedure. And as the months pass, we'll be gradually adding distance little by little with some jogging.  With his high energy level, long legs, big feet, and slim athletic build, our pup has all the makings of a endurance runner - so we anticipate many happy years enjoying the trails with our new BRF.

Run Happy!

p.s.  DG and I debated names for three days. Winston, Angus, Lancelot, and Buzz (of course!) were contenders.  In the end, Magnus won out. It means "Great One" in latin.

Do you run with your pet?

Have you rescued a shelter animal?

If you don't believe in Love at First Sight - run to your nearest animal shelter.  They will make a believer out of you.


This is wonderful! Congratulations on your cutie pie! As you probably know, I have a labrador and she is the greatest companion ever (shhh don't tell my husband I said that)!
I often take her running but I don't do anymore than 3 miles with her. She is 7 already and it breaks my heart each year when she gets older. May you have many healthy years with your new BRF!

PS. I am impressed that you captioned that lion king pic!


Aaaaah I love this, and I also got a little teary-eyed. We have two dogs, one of which is a rescue that we adopted last July. I love my dogs more than life itself!

Magnus is adorable, and I am SO SO SO happy y'all have adopted him and are giving him a forever home! Give him a big hug from me!!


Congratulations on your new addition!!


Congratulations on your new puppy! I am so jealous! I don't have a dog (sigh) but if I ever get one, I know I would adopt from a shelter!

Congratulations again! And DG HAS to be Rafiki, it's too great a moment to not recreate! :)


OMG.... Magnus is just beautiful, you are going to have such a wonderful time with him, having dogs is am amazing experience. The joy and unconditional love they bring is like nothing else!
Thank you so much for rescuing, I'm involved in rescue in a variety of ways including adopting our two boys. Adopting is such a great thing!
Hugs for Magnus!


Congratulations on Magnus - he is gorgeous!!!!

I have two Lab Mix girls and when they were little babies they actually got me in to running. It started out with walks and then we added in short runs and when they got older they were able to go up to 8 miles at a time...Now they are 8 years old and one has a heat issue and the other is on medication for seizures so it's mostly pool time for them, but they still love a good walk.

Just listen to your baby - he'll tell you when he's had a enough and be mindful of the heat and humidity as it can really affect some dogs.

I know you'll have many happy, healthy years together to figure it all out :)!


Thanks! Labs are wonderful dogs. I had 14 mostly wacky, but very happy years with mine. I'm so glad she enjoys running with you. ~DB


He is getting lots of hugs. Rescues are the best, aren't they?


Thanks Abby!


Thank you! I couldn't have a dog while I was in college living on campus, so I would go and walk/play with the shelter dogs. Best volunteer gig ever. So you can still enjoy them until you get your own. :)


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