In July of this year, we welcomed a new four-legged family member to our family. After much research, deliberation, and a thorough background check, we were approved to adopt a dog through Cairn Rescue USA. I had texted and spoken to foster mom, BJ numerous times. We decided on a cairn mix puppy. Finally the day came for us to drive to Richmond, Kentucky to pick up our twelve week old puppy.
We were so excited to finally meet Chewie! His full name is Chewbacca, since we are huge Star Wars fans. Also, cairns are scruffy little dogs, so it seemed an appropriate name.
After he was fully vaccinated and our vet OK’d it, Chloe and I took Chewie to one of our favorite local parks – Highbanks Metro Park. At only 16 weeks old, I wasn’t sure how he would do on the trail, how far he would be able to walk, or how he would react. As it turned out, Chewie loved the park and could not get enough of exploring and sniffing everything he possibly could! He even made some friends along the way.
We had to be careful of the multitude of mushrooms that were in bloom during the summer. Luckily we were aware of the plants and kept a short leash on Chewie and a keen eye out for the poisonous plants to be sure he did not get any of them. Even though Chewie is a little guy, he is lightning fast and could have taken a bite of the mushroom in the blink of an eye.
Chewie’s first adventure to a park made it obvious that he absolutely loved it, and agrees that hiking is fun! That is when we got the idea to add Adventures with Chewie to the Hiking Is Fun website. On this page, we will keep you up to date on Chewie and chronicle all the adventures he’ll go on. He is our true adventure puppy!
Do you hike with your dog? If so, we would love to hear about it! Please share in the comments.
If you are interested in adding a four legged family member, I highly recommend a rescue pet. These animals have so much love to give and are just waiting for their forever homes. We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Cairn Rescue USA. Chewie is such a bundle of mischief, fun, and energy. We just love him! #adventureswithchewietuesday #hikingisfun #adventureawaits #adoptdontshop