A Holiday Update from Runway the Dog!
Monday, November 19, 2018
Last year, we introduced you to Runway, a stray that got on the airfield and was rescued by airport employees. With the help of Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue, we were able to find Runway a new home in Vermont. So how is Runway doing one year later? We had to know, so we checked in with Paul and Ruth Wallace-Brodeur. He’s been busy canoeing, chasing chipmunks, and eating green beans. Here’s an update from Paul:
Runway celebrated his 5th birthday on October 9th. His age is our best guess, but the date, as well as his name, honors the day he was found a year ago on a runway at the Memphis International Airport.
Our primary concern initially was Runway’s aggressive approach to other dogs on his daily walks. As he has relaxed in the security of a loving home and regular meals, his need to defend himself as a stray has disappeared. He meets and greets other dogs appropriately on his two daily off-leash walks in the woods and hills around us. He stays close to us, giving only short chase to squirrels, chipmunks, and even deer that have crossed our path.
People often ask about his breed. A friend suggested we look up Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, the smallest of the retrievers. There we found specifications and pictures that match Runway. This is a special bond for Ruth as her family is from Nova Scotia.
To our surprise, he loves riding in the canoe, which we learned on a short family vacation to Canada. He sits calmly observing the scenery, even curls up for a nap.
Runway learns quickly. He knows all the basic directions and seems to understand a lot more than that.
He is very attentive to anything involving food and watches us intently when we cook and eat – there appear to be few foods he doesn’t relish, although we are careful that he only gleans healthy tidbits. A favorite are green pole beans from the garden, which took care of his initial interest in eating house plant leaves.
We love this little guy, with his loving heart and steady, brown-eyed gaze. We are grateful to the people at the Memphis airport, to MAGRR, and to Cheryl Learned’s foster care for making it possible for Runway to be part of our family.
Runway is busy in Vermont, but MAGRR will be onsite at MEM on November 20 at 2 pm, when we host a 5th anniversary celebration for our therapy dog team! Stop in and say hello!