On April 3rd, Jon and I adopted a 12 week old puppy that we named Bivy. He is a very floppy Saint Bernard/Siberian Husky mix. He is weighing in at a hefty 30-something pounds, so we know there is a beast in out midst. We needed a dog who could and would want to climb mountains with us. And this little monster seems to really fit the bill. With very little effort, his training is going extremely well and he's been on two hikes so far. He does great and loves them- his enthusiasm is unbelievably cute. He is working on socializing with people and dogs alike, because he is pretty shy and a little bit defensive with new beings. With the stature of a mid-sized doggo and the bark of a terrifying giant, after a little work and consistent training, our precious Biv is going to be the perfect trail dog.
Bivy's first hike was at Red Rocks. We figured since he hails from New Mexico, this landscape would be pretty easy for him. We had a sunny day with a little snow. He was very well behaved, heeling for runners and bikers. Sitting patiently for passing dogs that seemed a little too agressive for his insecure-baby demeanor.
He enjoys car rides, but mostly seems to like the vents blowing air on him.
When looking for a puppy, we wanted a dog who would love snow and thrive in cold conditions. Looks like we found the right guy! Bivy loves marching around in snow and jumped right into an alpine stream! His first time in water! And while he seemed pretty surprised by his own actions, he definitely didn't hate it.
We are so excited for when Bivy is old enough to go out on adventures that are bigger and better. We're taking baby steps with him, but so far he is exceeding what we thought he would be capable of; both physically and mentally. Having an adventure dog to share our experiences with is such a beautiful new addition to our family and to this new chapter we've begun.