Many little girls dream of growing up, finding their prince and starting a family.
Me? I declared at a young age, my goal as a grown up: adopt a dog.
Adopting was the key word. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted more than to give love and a home to a dog who was deprived of that and, to be honest, I still can’t think of anything better.
Shelter dogs typically have been to hell and back (Lupin was rescued from a puppy mill where he was kept in a crate and abused) and when you take them in and love them, you will never find a better best friend. The truth is, there is no one who will love you like an adopted dog will.
I was speaking to someone the other day who is thinking of adopting. I told her, when you go to the shelter, you’ll know immediately when you see your future dog.
For me, I went in wanting a small, older dog. When I was there, I saw a lab/husky puppy hiding under a bench from everyone and everything and I knew instantly – that’s him.
The first month with Lupin was the most emotionally exhausting of my life. He cried if he wasn’t around me, was terrified of everything, wouldn’t go outside because he was so scared and always had this sad look on his face.
You have to find what they respond to – for Lu, that was love. If he was scared, I would crouch down to his level and wrap my arms around him. He would look at me, snuggle closer and calm down.
You have to take baby steps, be patient and remember, you don’t know all of what he went through before you. If anyone deserves your love, it’s him (or her).
Pretty soon, he started smiling. He would wake me up every morning with a kiss across my face. He wanted to go on walks, started playing with his toys and began acting like a puppy. When this starts happening, you’ll realize all the work was worth it. He loves you unconditionally.
Now? He goes everywhere with me (as you can tell by the name of my blog).
Sure every once in a while something will scare him and he still has his broken tail as a reminder of what he went through before me but I’ve never seen a happier, more loving dog.
People say to me all the time about how I saved his life. The truth is, we saved each other.
If you’re thinking of getting a dog, please look at your local shelters and adopt. If you want to hear more about Lu or want to talk about adoption, I’m here for you!
I promise that even if things get hard, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and with a little work and a lot of love you will have the most loving and caring best friend.