So you think you are ready to adopt your forever canine ( this can also apply to other types of pets). But have you thought everything through thoroughly? Don’t misunderstand me, I am all for pet adoptions; but when I say” forever” canine, that is what I mean.
All too often people with good intentions adopt a pet, and then after the pet is adjusted to a new environment, the owners realize they have made a mistake. It’s better to know what you are getting into so you can make an educated decision.
- First of all, do you own your home? If not, check your lease for rules on owning pets.
- How large is your home/apt.? This will help determine breed size.
- Do you work long hours away from home? Some breeds do well home alone for extended amounts of time but others do not.
- Do you have children, and what are their ages? Some breeds do not adapt well to young children.
- Do you have a yard for outside exercise or have an area for walking your dog? This is an important detail…if you are living in an apt. on the 3rd floor, are you going to tire from taking your dog up/down 3 flights of stairs multiple times a day?
Ok, so we’ve settled the living conditions. Next, caring for your pet.
- Can you afford health care? There are ways to keep costs low, but your dog does need occasional vet checks and immunizations and preventative meds for heartworm disease and flea control. Keep in mind that the larger the breed the more all of this will cost.
- The same holds true for food/treats, collars, grooming, supplies etc.
- Which brings to mind, grooming! Some breeds require very little grooming while others require a lot of time and sometimes professional grooming.
- Training: some dogs train easily, but others will require a lot of time and patience on your part. In the end it will be worth all that time but make sure you are prepared to give it.
So now you have decided you feel equipped to handle everything. Where will you go to adopt your forever dog? Please consider going to your local shelter and spend some time with the dogs there. There are some very loving dogs there that would make a wonderful addition to your family. Check with the attendant for as much history on the dog as possible. Before you bring your new family addition home its best to have all your supplies purchased and in place…just as you would if you were bringing home a baby.
Give your dog time to adjust and be patient, as he/she may take a little time trusting you with his/her heart. Once that bond is made you will have a trusted friend and companion for life.
I was adopted into a loving home myself, and I am forever grateful that my momma rescued me.
My tip this week: consider all the options and factors before adopting a dog/cat, and it will make the experience that much “sweeter.”
Have a wonderful week.
Romeo, the little black dog