Floppy ears, snowshoes for paws, bold as they come, we welcomed Sinchi to our family two months ago. Sinchi translates to 'strength' in the indigenous language Quichua (pronounced Kichwa) spoken in the Andes of Ecuador where we lived for many years.
Sinchi smiles through his eyes and when in contact with other people, his smiling eyes are contagious and lights others up.
I grew up with dogs, have always been a 'dog' person but have gone many years without a pet. Daniel and I were on the fence as we didn't know if we’d be globetrotting with work or choose to reside stateside. We opted for the latter and found ourselves a wonderful place we call home in Colorado. The time felt right to take that leap of faith and get a puppy... a labrador.
Sinchi was born on November 10, 2015, five days before we raced the Ironman in Arizona. Little did we know after crossing that finish line we would find out that Sinchi would be ours in early January 2016. He was born to a litter of twelve.
We first met Sinchi when he was 5 weeks old, we referred to him as the baby seal.
Weeks later, we packed our aspirations versus fear and committed to getting a puppy. We traveled to a farm outside of Boulder, Colorado to pick up Sinchi to bring home. Sinchi and Belle were the last to go from their massive litter, we watched as they had their final moment, parting ways and again smiling through their eyes.
Sinchi left the farm and made his way back to Denver with us. His favorite place to be was in between Daniel's ankles as he began to discover his paws and explore his new terrain.
I am accustom to 'stepping' out of my comfort zone but this felt more like being flung out of my comfort zone while doing several face plants along the way. As our first few weeks we didn't sleep much, didn't know what we were doing but eventually got into a routine with Sinchi.
"It takes a village." We knew we needed help to get this right and hired a puppy walker for when we are at work, found an incredible trainer and vet in our neighborhood. Between his entourage and us, Sinchi gets walks in the morning, afternoon and night, chasing balls, frisbees and toilet paper rolls. Our puppy patrol plan is working!
Four months and growing strong. Sinchi is the love of our life and worth all the work. Our little land shark is adapting and adding strength to this family. Shine on little Sinchi...