Don’t Shop! Adopt!

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A year ago, I followed my gut and went to the Humane Society bringing a close friend of mine who had just come over for a visit. I said to him, “You have to come with me to the Humane Society today! I know it’s a little crazy, since I’m a cat owner, but I just feel that the dog that I’m supposed to adopt is there!” He tried to calm me down by saying, “Well, don’t get too disappointed! You might not go home with one today.”

I had this giddy sensation in my gut as we rolled up to the front doors of the Humane society. I had seen a dog On-line that I wanted to check out. On the way in, we passed a stall with three smaller dogs and that’s where I first saw her….she was standing sideways, not looking out and had a melancholic feel to her. I petted the two smaller dogs in front of her. One of them had a slight heart condition, but was just adorable, but my eyes still went back to the little foxy looking one in the back. I went in and found the one I had seen on-line, but I knew that this was not going to be “my dog” from the first glance. Not that there was anything wrong with this dog, it just didn’t feel right.

We went back to look at the smaller dogs. I knew that I wanted a dog who would not only become my companion, but my walking partner, so the two smaller ones obviously wouldn’t work out. They were cute, but more like lap dogs! There was no paperwork on any of the smaller dogs, so I asked one of the women who works there where, who then got the woman in charge to come over. The dogs had just been spayed the day before, but I got to visit with the little foxy one. My friend and I both fell in love with her! And while I was filling out the paperwork on her, a couple came in who wanted to visit with her. Boy, was I counting my lucky stars! If we had arrived…even ten minutes later, I believe that she would have been gone! The melancholic mood soon disappeared after she learned that I would not leave her and with lots of love, treats, daily walks & trips to the dog park, she has become one happy little pup!

Here’s my little angel!

To make a long story short, I have thought of myself as a “cat person” for the last 15 years, but now I know for sure that although I love cats, I am definitely more of a dog person! My little foxy dog is the love of my life!

She loves the cat as much as I do!

Things to consider when or before adopting: Dogs do need a lot more of you time and attention! It is not entirely cheap to adopt a dog. Initially she needed extra shots and then I found a skin patch that had to be tested. That test alone was three hundred dollars. You also have to think about how long you’ll be gone during the day – they cannot be left alone endlessly! Do consider doggy daycare and/or having a dog walker coming in to take your dog out! Owning a dog is like having a small child! You become an instant parent the moment you adopt a dog and all dogs, like children, need a caring, responsible & loving parent!

One year of love!

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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