I have a new best friend and his name is Legend. Adopted July 1st.
I had been pondering over whether I should proceed with a dog adoption for quite some time. At first I wanted a husky because I think they’re absolutely beautiful. More than that, I wanted a breed that is known for loving to run or being extremely active. It’s been my focus breed because I myself desire to lead a more active lifestyle.
Recently, I came to the realization that ever since I got married in 2012, I’ve slowly been gaining weight. I’ve been careless with what I eat, and I never really work out. There might be many reasons why I just stopped and became complacent, in any case doing so has been a big mistake.
A man should desire to be healthy, fit, and strong — and work hard at it.
He should desire to be ready to protect his family, and be able to run and play with his children. He should be able to work hard, physical labor if need be, to earn a living and provide for his family. I think all of the above requires somewhat of an active lifestyle to stay in shape and be healthy. At the time of writing this, I weigh around 270-280 lbs, that’s almost 300 lbs, a weight I would never have thought I’d even get close to. I actually don’t think that I look it, but who knows anymore. After being on a downward spiral for quite some time, I’ve decided enough is enough — its time to make the numbers go in the opposite direction. It’s time to take my life back before its too late.
So, along with my desire to get a dog, I started looking into other active dogs; dogs that require lots of running and playing. Breeds that actually have genetic makeup for being runners of long distances. While I was looking into which dogs were available in my local animal shelter, I was told that they just got a dog recently who still wasn’t listed on the website. He is a German Shorthair Pointer, a dog which is known for being a great hunter dog; assisting hunters in locating and gathering their game. This dog requires a lot of time, dedication, and a lot of activity. This dog was perfect for me.
Legend, wasn’t exempt from his own struggle. He had been abandoned, and given up on.
He had a fungus infection that was taking over his body, and he was missing the most important thing of all — love. When I saw him, I instantly knew that I wanted this dog to come home with me. I wanted to take care of him, trim his nails, bathe him, and help in removing the wart like bumps that were scattered randomly on his ears. I wanted for him to know what it felt like to have a dedicated master, an owner, a great friend who loves him. The very next day, Legend came home with me!
Sure, maybe having a desk job and playing games straight after work has lead to a less active lifestyle, still no one is to blame but me. If you have gained weight as I have, or you feel like you have no hope, and all you want to do is stay inside and hide all day, please know this – there is ALWAYS a chance for you to put an end to it, and change your life around! Do it for your family, for a better future, but most importantly — do it for yourself. We can all find a few hours in the day to better ourselves.
If you decide to adopt a very active dog, he will require a lot of time and attention.
I currently walk/run Legend three times a day, with play time as well. If you do not give the dog the time and dedication he is designed for, the dog will become bored and possibly destructive. Digging holes, breaking stuff, chewing your home apart, and more. Please do plenty of research, to see if a certain breed is the right fit for you. If you do get an active dog, who you can love and commit to, you will most likely get on the path to being a much healthier individual, and it’s truly worth it!
I welcome you on this journey with me, whether you have a dog or not. Whether you want be encouraged or to encourage me, you’re all welcome.
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