My Girl Ashok

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Ashok on the beach in Waveland MS…she ran for hours…

Ashok means “without sadness” in Sanskrit, the language of yoga. I wanted a dog for companionship. Now, I’m a cat person. I have always been and always will be. I just love snuggling up with a cat purring in my ear. But, I couldn’t take my cats camping. They definitely wouldn’t go kayaking. And, I find it really hilarious to imagine me running, dragging my siamese cat Bella behind me- her hissing and howling the whole way. So, I decided to get a dog.

I love PetFinder.com. It’s sort of like Match.com for people looking for pets except you don’t have to worry about being rejected. So, I looked for exactly what I wanted, a running buddy..no puppies for me. I’m also petite, so I wanted a medium sized dog that I could handle.

When I met Ashok, she was being fostered by an individual. So, I went to the woman’s home. Ashok came out, walked over and laid her nose across my knee. She looked up at me with those big brown eyes, and I was gone. I just hoped she liked to run!

Ashok and my Dad…Pilot and co-Pilot

My acupuncturist chose the name Ashok for me because I wanted her to be a part of the whole experience. She (Marlene) had helped me so much and was as excited about my getting my life back on track as I was. It was fun getting a new dog. For awhile, every single day was an adventure just figuring out who she was.

In the kayak, she sits in front of me and will sit for hours while I paddle. She absolutely loves camping and will wear herself out from daylight to dark. It’s the one time she goes to bed before me. She ‘ll stand by the door of the tent until I let her in to sleep. She wants no part of chilling by a campfire. Now, when I start packing up, she runs to the center of the tent and won’t move until I drag her out. She knows we’re leaving! She’s run long runs with me, especially in the winter when it’s cool. The longest was a 20 miler. She absolutely freaks when I put on my running shoes. It’s so sad when I go to a race, and she can’t go. She sits by the door and looks totally confused when I make her stay.

Enjoy the pics of my girl….I’m taking her camping this weekend as long as the weather holds.

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