Meet Miles!

Hope you all had a FABULOUS holiday weekend! I know I’ve been MIA, but this time, I have a good reason…I swear!

I know I still owe you all a recap of the Wildwood Half Marathon, and that’s coming soon, promise (although I wouldn’t get too excited…as expected, Todd killed it and I crashed and burned).

The reason it has been so quiet here lately is because last week, we took home a new four-legged family member! Here is MILES, proudly making his blogosphere debut!


Long story short, I saw this little dude on Petfinder earlier this month and IMMEDIATELY had to inquire. I can’t explain it, but I just knew he was our dog. Ever since I moved out of my parents’ house, I have missed having a dog around terribly…so I decided to play the “I want a dog for my 30th birthday” card and started casually looking around on adoption sites.

I had been looking mainly for Shih Tzus (because that’s the breed of our beloved family dog, Riley), and this six-month-old puppy was listed as a Shih Tzu/Cocker Spaniel mix (a.k.a. a ” Cock-a-Tzu,” LOL). And oh, the joy! What I secretly wanted more than anything was a dog that had the potential to become a running buddy (without having to raise a giant dog like a Lab in a condo), and I mean, come on…just LOOK at his long legs. This guy is definitely going to be a runner!


I knew he could be the best of both worlds: the cuddly (and hypoallergenic!) Shih Tzu combined with the athletic Cocker Spaniel. I filled out an application, and later that week we had our first meeting! He was born in Georgia and rescued from what I can only assume was a kill shelter, and he had only been living with his foster mommy at her home-based rescue in North Jersey for a week or two before we snatched him up.

I knew from the second I laid eyes on him that this was MY dog. But Todd needed a little more convincing. He has never had a dog and was actually a little scared of Riley (the ferocious 13-pound Shih Tzu, haha) the first time they met… so for him, this was going to be completely new territory. But I saw the way he fell in love with Riley, so I KNEW that he was a dog person and just didn’t know it yet.

Ladies and gentlemen...the man who was "afraid" of dogs

Ladies and gentlemen…the man who was “afraid” of dogs.

Fortunately, I was SOOO right. I think he recognized that this puppy’s temperament was just unbelievable — energetic and playful but also willing to snuggle on the couch for hours. On our first meeting, it was clear that he was super mellow and mushy, especially for a six-month-old, and I think that’s how Todd knew that this would be the perfect dog to introduce him to the joy of puppy parenthood. :)

So the puppy formerly known as Rhett (his temporary foster home name) came home last Monday…

Yeah, he seemed pretty excited about it. lol

Yeah, he seemed pretty excited about it.

…and I’m fairly confident that he has already made himself at home. :)


Of course, given the fact that our relationship pretty much revolves around running, Miles seemed the only appropriate name for our new dog. Plus, I just think it suits him.


This weekend, we spent lots of time outdoors…including a run in the park. I’m sort of on a running hiatus at the moment since I’m currently experiencing my usual “I’m not training for anything and it’s too hot so I hate running” phase, so Todd ran 5 miles and I squeezed in a casual workout by introducing Miles to the joy of running in the park.

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Miles and I alternated brief periods of running with walking, and I gave him lots of water breaks (yes, I was running around with a bowl in my backpack, lol) and plenty of opportunities to sniff around and meet other dogs…and he seemed to LOVE it. I quickly learned, though, that I’m going to need to invest in some new dog-friendly running gear (like I really need an excuse to buy more running stuff) — the cheap little drawstring bag was bouncing all over the place, and there’s no way I’m going to be able to continue running around with a stinkin’ bowl in my backpack all the time.


Since then, I’ve been taking him out for very short run/walk sessions around the neighborhood. He LOVES being outside and when I say “wanna run?” he’s already learning to pick up the pace a little bit. It’s insanely adorable. But since it’s also so insanely hot, I keep it short and give him plenty of walk/sniff breaks.

The good news? When he is running, dude is FAST. I figure that little by little he’ll learn to love running as much as his new human mommy and daddy…and my ultimate goal is to have him run/walking 5Ks with us when he’s a little older! :)


Overall, Miles is turning out to be the sweetest and most playful little puppy. And, for his age, he’s ridiculously well-behaved. He came to us almost completely potty-trained (WOOHOO!) but we’re working with him on basic commands and he’s picking it up beautifully. Especially since he seems to have a big appetite (just like his mommy and daddy, haha) and is VERY treat-motivated.


He’s already a spoiled rotten doggy with a million toys and bones and I am madly in love with him. He is everything I could have asked for in a canine companion, and I could not be happier!


Miles with just a few of his new toys…and his snazzy personalized toy box (courtesy of Grandma Lesser, LOL) :)

So, long story short, expect Miles and his adventures to be a frequent topic of conversation here at The Final Forty. (His next adventure? Getting a haircut, lol). ;)


Now tell me about YOUR pet! :)

Do you/would you ever run with your dog?

Any recommendations on gear for running with your pet (like a running/hydration backpack that won’t annoy the crap out of me)?! :)


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