By: Chip Whipple
Assistant Sports Information Director
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post on how my wife and I were considering adopting a dog. Well, about a month go we did just that. After searching online, we went down to the local SPCA and took a couple of the dogs out for walks. We made a couple of visits, and eventually were deciding between a pair of Rottweiler mix six-month-old pups.
We probably would have adopted both of them if we had the space, but in the end we decided one would be best for us right now. Originally named General by the SPCA, (maybe it was fate that we picked him since I work for Washington and Lee) we decided to name our dog Max.
It has definitely been an adjustment for everyone involved. I now get up every morning so that Max and I can go for a walk/jog at 6:30. The good part of that is I’m getting more exercise. The bad part is I’ve been falling asleep on the couch in the evenings like I’m a 65-year-old grandpa. Even though he was very hesitant with us at first, Max now understands he is part of the family.
Max spends his day in his crate (he gets let out for an hour at noon, when Lydia goes home on her lunch break), and also when we go to sleep as he is learning to be house trained. I also think if we left him to his own devices, both Lydia and I would lose a couple pairs of shoes to his chewing tendencies, but for the most part he sticks to chewing his rope and his snake (which is his favorite squeaker toy).
He still has a bit of obedience training to learn, as he gets a little frightened by strangers (nothing like a big dog who gets scared of pint-sized Brittani like when she came over last week to celebrate Lydia’s birthday).
We are excited for some of the things we will get to do with him once the weather gets a little better; like go on some hikes with him or see how he likes the river. Side note – when I moved down here from New Hampshire I was told it was supposed to be warmer, and was not expecting to get snow during the last week of March.
Although the 75-pound almost eight-month-old has been a handful, we couldn’t be happier with our choice. Here’s to years of enjoyment with our dog Max.