We got our dog Zucc four years ago when we moved to Wisconsin. The deal was that if Alexis matched for residency in a city where we could have a house, then she could get a dog (I didn’t want to have a dog in an apartment).
Over the past four years, we haven’t been great dog parents. With Alexis working 80 hours/week and me just being lazy, Zucc was getting nowhere close to the recommended one hour of daily exercise for his energetic breed.
That’s what sparked this goal. Walk the dog one mile a day for 200 days. It was especially important since we moved to a 700 sq ft Boston apartment in July.
We quickly realized that keeping Zucc in Boston wasn’t going to work out. Both of us were frequently traveling and we had no plan for who would take care of Zucc if we were both gone. After two months living in Boston, I drove Zucc to Omaha to live with my parents.
He’s never been happier.
My parents live on two acres of land, fully fenced in. Zucc’s own personal dog park. He loves my Mom and has completely forgotten about Alexis and me.
Everyday since I dropped him off in August, Zucc has gotten his one mile of running. Is it cheating to count this if I didn’t do the work to exercise the dog? Maybe, but I like crossing goals off my list. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to my parents for watching him!
I’ll leave you with a bunch of my favorite photos of Zucc: