We have three cats. Kiki P and Kiki T are almost six years old, and we adopted them when they were six week old kittens. They are brothers from the same litter (not to mention the only black cats of that litter), and I couldn’t imagine leaving one of them behind the day we found them. Kiki N is almost four, and was also a very young kitten when we adopted her. She was all alone, had already had a hard life, and my husband became attached to her instantly. All three of our cats came from the humane society in our town, as we are firm believers in the whole “adopt, don’t shop” philosophy.
For the past few months, I’ve been having what I call, Doggy Fever. You know, like baby fever, only with dogs. By the time it was nearly mid-December, I began actively looking for a dog – preferably not a puppy – to adopt, who was the right fit for our Family. Obviously, we needed a dog that was good with kids and cats, which isn’t always easy to find. I found a couple of possibilities online, both of whom were just outside our town, and made contact with the shelter.
Unfortunately for us, the one dog we liked the most, had been adopted earlier that week (which was great for her, of course!), so the lady suggested two others she had available. We were interested, and headed over soon after. Both dogs were great, and we all loved them! Sadly, the one we were this close to taking home, saw one of the cats that lives at the shelter, and went absolutely ape shit – in a terrifying way. We had to decline after that, but told the lady the other one was definitely in the running if we didn’t find any good fits at the humane society in town.
There are a lot of cats and dogs to adopt at our humane society. I wish I could take them all! That being said, we had a lot to choose from. We visited the Puppy Room first, where I fell in love with a little black and brown Chihuahua. He loved me, but ignored my Men – which was a total bummer. 😦 He wasn’t wicked young like most of the puppies in there, either, so I was sad to have to tell my heart “No.” We moved on to the more grown up dogs’ room; the first one I came to had a look that made me feel uneasy, so I said “Hello” and went on to the next. By the time I made my way back up that row, the dog’s attitude had done a complete 180 – he was standing up on the gate, wagging his tail, and trying to kiss my hand when I put it up for him to sniff. He was so much happier and friendlier than when he made his first impression – but I have learned that, with anyone, first impressions aren’t always the best impression. 🙂 I spent a couple of minutes with him before going to see the dogs on the other side, but I kept coming back to that same dog. He was just so sweet!
I’d asked my Men if they wanted to walk a dog, and they both said yes…so Hubs and I told BatKid to pick one. He went up and down both sides, giving it great thought, and ended up choosing the aforementioned dog. I won’t lie, I was excited about my Kiddo’s pick, lol. He had liked so many dogs, and the fact that He chose the one I kept going back to see, was awesome. I truly think my Son had gotten the same vibes I did; after all, He was too distracted by the other dogs to notice how fond Mom was of this one dog, so I know He chose without any influence whatsoever. I was so proud! 😀
Hubs was the one to open the kennel gate and put on the collar and leash, but once that dog walked out, he immediately jumped on me, put his legs around my waist like a hug, and let me hug him back. He even kissed my cheek! I knew then, that this dog was ours – and the walk confirmed it for my Men, too. The Puppers was such a good listener, great on a leash and pottying outside, super gentle with BatKid, and just overall rad.
The only thing left, was wondering if he was going to be ok around our Kikis. One of the ladies working there stopped to talk to us on our way back inside, and offered to take him around the cat rooms to see how he acted. He paid them no mind at first, as he was more interested in our Family, but when he did come up to some cats, he was very friendly and curious, and backed off when one made it clear that his prescence was unwanted. He was in no way mean or scary towards them, so unlike the dog we had wanted at the other shelter. We all felt more at ease after this experience, and it was decided: we were going to adopt this little sweetie!
However, he wasn’t coming home with us just yet. He needed to be neutered, vaccinated, and chipped first, so they rushed him off to our vet after I filled out the paperwork and paid. He had to stay the night there, then get the operation in the morning of the following day, and would be ready to bring home that evening. So, off to the store we went! We bought his food, bowls, toys, dog bed, collar, walking harness, and leash. BatKid chose the colors of the collar, leash, and harness, as well as most of the toys…but one of the toys in particular, an orange sock monkey with a squeaker in its belly, was the toy Hubs and I weren’t too sure about. We ended up being totally wrong, but I’ll get to that in a bit. I will say, our Son knows what dogs like, and He hadn’t been around many at that point! 😛
The next day was full of excitement and anticipation. It also dragged, as we had to wait until after four-thirty in the afternoon to pick up our new family member. I prepared for his arrival by washing his bowls, setting up his bed, and putting the sock monkey where he would see it. We enjoyed our day, and finally, it was time to leave.
As soon as they brought out our Puppers, his face lit up with excitement when he saw all of us. He couldn’t get over to us fast enough! Hubs put on his collar and leash, the employees chatted with us for a bit, we had our photo taken, and we walked our new buddy before the ride home. I was driving, while Hubs sat in the backseat with BatKid so he could keep an eye on the Puppers. I took all the bumps super slowly (we have a few dirt roads, ha), and made sure not to turn too harshly, too (which I do normally, of course). I just wanted to make sure not to jostle around the doge while he stood in the car, ha.
When we got home, my Men got out with the Puppers so he could stretch and go potty. I parked the car, dropped off my stuff inside, and made sure all the Kikis had somewhere to hide if they needed to. I went back outside to see how my Men and the Puppers were doing, and soon, we all went inside. The Kikis weren’t too pleased at the bigger and more energetic critter coming into their home, but introductions were made and life continued on. Puppers went to his bed, where he immediately picked up the sock monkey and laid down. Hubs and I were overjoyed, and praised the hell out of BatKid for the amazing pick. 🙂 He rested there and near us until bedtime, since he was still recovering from going under, and I slept near him all night to make sure he was ok. It was a pretty quiet night, thankfully; I just kept waking up naturally, which sucked, but it helped me keep an eye on him. The next day, he was back to the hyper, playful pup we walked the day before he came home with us!
Our Puppers is a fantastic addition to our Family. He’s adorable, fun, smart, wicked sweet, and just wonderful. He loves all of us, but definitely has a big attachment to my husband – which can be a bit overwhelming for Hubs, lol. Puppers is about a year and a half years old (still a youngin’), and a Labrador and Chow Chow mix. The Lab is the strongest breed when it comes to his appearance, but there are a few obvious Chow traits, which make him even more cute! The only sad thing about how he looks, is how skinny he is. He was a stray before being brought to the humane society, and who knows for how long. We’re definitely working on getting him up to a more healthy weight! Aside from a family, Puppers has lots of things that make him happy. Inside, his favorite toy (aside from the sock monkey) is a big, red Titan bouncy chew toy. He loves to play fetch, but isn’t fond of giving any toy back, lol. He plays rough with me more than Hubs, and loves to growl when playing tug-of-war with his big rope toy. Outside, he loves tennis balls and sticks, and running around with BatKid! He gives hugs often, can’t get enough belly scratches, and has so much fun exploring our land. Soon after we adopted him, it rained a bunch and snowed a bit; we had to dry off his paws before he ran around the house each time he went out, and learned he hates being dried off. He even tries to play tug-of-war with the towel! He’s such a goof, and a little klutzy, too. To say he’s the perfect fit in our weird and crazy Family, is an understatement. We can’t imagine life without that spazzy boy, and it’s only been two weeks since he joined us! ❤
BatKid is amazing with the Puppers. He is so patient and kind, and loves to play with and pet him. Watching them together makes my heart melt – just as much as watching my Kiddo interact with our Kikis! He’s beyond fabulous with animals, and they adore Him just as much as He adores them! Raising kids with animals, and teaching them how to care for, play with, and treat them, is so important. I am so proud to have a Kiddo who knows just how important it is, and proves it regularly!
After being a cat-only home for so long, it is quite a change adding a dog to the mix. It’s a little more hectic, the Kikis are still trying to get used to the new family member, and I feel like I live in a zoo at times – but I wouldn’t change it for anything. In the pet sense, our Puppers was the missing piece we didn’t even know we needed. He found his “furever” home, and we found another great companion for all of us humans.
I may be a crazy cat lady, but I love all animals, and this doggo of ours sure has stolen my heart. 😀