My new dog – meet Runa!

Runa the lab mix

Time for proper introductions. Everyone, meet Runa the lab mix!
We picked her up from the breeder when she was 9 weeks old, and now she’s already 5 months. So far she has completely taken over both my life and my social media accounts. :P

The name

Runa is the Swedish word for rune, as in a letter from the runic alphabet.

Other names considered were Aska (ash), Brynja (hauberk/mail), and Tuva (tuft of grass), but we decided Runa sounded best. :)

The breed(s)

Runa’s mum is a purebred black Labrador Retriever and her dad is labrador mixed with Scandinavian hound.

I assume everyone – even people who are not dog nerds – know what a labrador is, but I realise I might need to explain the other parts…

Alaskan husky isn’t a breed but a type of mix bred exclusively for being good sled dogs. They’re usually mixes of Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes and other typical sled dog breeds.
The Scandinavian Hound is another crossbreed made with Alaskan husky and German short-haired pointer and/or English pointer. The pointer makes for a lighter and faster dog used for short distances. Sometimes they even add a bit of greyhound or other sighthound breeds for even more speed.

Runa the lab mix, 4 months old
4 months old

Picking the puppy

We found Runa through an online ad, which is a pretty standard way of getting a dog where I live. Like I’ve said before we don’t have shelters in my country so “rescuing” isn’t an option. People buy and sell dogs either via ads or word of mouth.

The sellers/breeders seemed decent enough and the parent dogs were both super sweet. Calm, happy, friendly, and well-behaved.

Out of a litter of 5, only 2 were still available. Both females.

This one,” said the breeder while pointing to one pup “is the most energetic and outgoing. She’s a handful, but her mum was a handful too as a puppy and she turned out great. The other one is calmer and more stable, but also more independent. So how much ‘power’ do you want? How much energy and will to work?

It was a difficult decision to make, and Markus let me do it as I’m more experienced with dogs. In the end, I picked the second puppy.

I would never say this so Runa can hear me, but her sister was actually cuter… 😶 She was leaner, with fluffier fur and a prettier face. Runa had a bulkier and less graceful look about her, but I liked her description more. She’s of high energy breeds and was of course very bouncy and active too, but she seemed slightly less crazy. I also sort of liked the independent streak. A dog with a will of its own isn’t a bad thing imo – and I’ve owned a very independent whippet. I doubt even the most self-sufficient lab can compare to the cat-like aloofness of a sighthound.

Of course, puppies can change a lot as they grow up so it’s always a gamble what kind of temperament you’ll end up with. Not to mention that how you raise it plays a HUGE part as well. But you have to make a decision based on the information at hand, and I went with my gut that said to pick the second puppy. Only time will tell if it was a good choice, but so far I think it was. 😊

Runa the lab mix 8 weeks old
8 weeks old, the day we first saw her. Sorry for the potato quality.

The cat is pissed tho

Suffice it to say, Maja is NOT amused with the new family member. 😬

She was ok with my old dog, but he was there before her and also already used to cats. He never bothered her in the slightest. They both sort of acted like the other didn’t exist, so while they weren’t friends there was no conflict either.

Runa, on the other hand, had never seen a cat before moving in with us. And she’s just a baby with no concept of… anything at all really. She wants to play with the cat and can’t understand what all the hissing and running away are about. 🤔 So currently the cat spends most of her time perched on high furniture and looking annoyed.

We’re doing our best to train the pup and Maja is getting braver and more often chose to stand her ground rather than run away. Which is good as it shows she’s not playing. And it’s getting better all the time, so I hope it won’t be an issue much longer. I don’t expect them to love each other, but they must learn to coexist under the same roof.

Runa the lab mix in the forest
5 months old

We’re not doing a whole lot with her yet as she’s so young. Just training the basics (sit, stay, recall etc.) and letting her explore the world. So far she appears to have a high will to please and shows great potential to become a fun and very trainable dog.

She’s happy, energetic and full of mischief – never a dull moment! 🐶 ❤


  1. 8 June 2018

    She looks absolutely beautiful. Mix breed dogs are sometimes the best type of dog you can get. I remember when we got our dogs. We have to shorkies, part yorkie and part shitzu. Anyways, I love the pictures you have of yours and I bet she is a lot of fun to have around. Cats will be cats, though. Hopefully, your cat will adjust.

  2. 9 June 2018

    Runa is adorable!! I am glad you got another dog. She sounds like she is perfect for you. Yeah, the cat & dog will get used to each other. Just have to set the pecking order, lol.

  3. 19 June 2018

    Awww, Runa is so cute and I am sure she makes you smile. I love the fact we both got new puppies around the same time. It is amazing how fast they grow and to see them mature and develop, not only in the physical body but their personalities as well.

    I hope that over time Maja will be okay with the newest family member. I have a number of cats and it has been weird how some cats are fine and others are not. Some of the older cats my pup wants to cuddle and kiss, but she has too much energy and we have to make sure they have some distance.

    I adore the videos! :’)

  4. 20 June 2018

    Aww, Runa is adorable and is a beauty! I also love the name you chose for her. That makes sense to pick based on personality, even if it could change later. Based on those descriptions, I would have picked Runa too!

    That’s too bad that Maja isn’t happy though. I hope that she and Runa will get used to each other later on!

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