In 2014, Bella was a super-energetic six-month-old black lab that ended up with the Vanderburgh Humane Society. I was a 15 year old marathon runner who suffered runner burnout and needed help falling in love with the sport again. I also needed protection for my lonely early morning runs on country roads. So I went to the shelter and looked for a dog.
As soon as I saw Bella, I knew her spunky energy would make her the perfect running partner. I consulted my vet and he advised her that she was a little young to run with me. It would be better to wait until she was a year old, he said. I was eager but took his advice.
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