Two mile walk every evening, car rides
After 12 1/2 years in the family, my/our dear 14 year old puggle passed away in 2019. I was heartbroken and took some time off to decide if I wanted to start over again with another dog. It's such a huge, long-term commitment to a living thing that will forever depend on me completely, so I didn't want to rush into an emotional decision just because I missed my puggle buddy. Friends and family urged me to adopt and give another dog a good life as a tribute to my dear departed puggle.
After eight months I decided to once again take the plunge. A cute little irresistible face popped up on my Internet search and I adopted 6 year old Roxie from a local shelter. She was a voluntary surrender by her previous owner, who from what I was told by the shelter was an elderly with health issues and could no longer care for her. She was not surrendered for any known health or behavior issues.
Roxie's sweet face and disposition immediately won me over, and her evolution over the year since she first came home has been fun to watch. I don't think she got to do much in her first six years, or go very far. Her energy level was not what I was expecting from a healthy 6 year old terrier mix, which for the first couple of months was significantly less than my 14 year old previous dog's energy level had been right up until two days before she passed away from cancer. I'm a healthy, active, retired widower whose children are all grown and gone, and I got her to be a 24/7 companion like my puggle had been. That was a bit of a gamble. At first Roxie was a bit standoffish and non-committal (Who's this guy?), but I gave her time and space.
As time went on she really come out of her shell. Her energy and stamina increased and she grew to love (and expect) her daily adventures. Two to two and a half mile daily walks, evening car rides, playing games like "hide the treat", etc. I also like to travel by car quite a bit, camp, hike, and sight-see, and she's already been to sixteen states with more planned for this summer. She's a good little enthusiastic traveler.
She's also smart, quick to learn, anxious to please, and her vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds. She's not a nuisance barker, she loves people including children, and after some initial tail-waggy excited barking when she first sees a strange dog (which quickly goes away once she gets to meet them), she gets along well with other dogs. I couldn't ask for a better behaved little companion.
I rate my little chiwoxy buddy "four paws up"!