A few months ago, Jay and I decided that we wanted to add a new member to the family… A dog. We had been talking for a while about getting a dog, and the time was finally right so we started looking. It was much harder then we thought it would be!
I wanted to adopt our new family member from a shelter and give a dog a second chance at life. Surprisingly, this proved to be much more difficult then I thought it would be. We started our search at some local shelters, and we were very disappointed with how un-helpful they were. Many wouldn’t even let us take the dogs out … They did not want to adopt to a family with kids.
We then started looking on PetFinder.com and I contacted a few friends that are animal enthusiasts. This proved to be a much more effective method or funding our new pup.
Jay was the one that finally found him. He stumbled across a beautiful 8 month old puppy named Gyro with reddish brown fur and a funky purple tongue. As soon as I saw this beautiful lab/golden retriever mix, with his gentle, sad eyes I was smitten and knew that he had to join our family ASAP! I filled out an inquiry about him and could hardly wait to hear back.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long. I woke up with a very long and thorough email about Gyro in the morning. We learned that he had been abandoned on the side of the road, and that he had sat there waiting for days for his owners to come back. They never came, but thankfully, a kind hearted vet technician did.
She just couldn’t stand driving by him again, and picked him up. This quiet dog was described as one of the best behaved dogs the foster family had, and the sweetest. They did not exaggerate!
When Gyro arrived to us almost 4 weeks later, he was scared and quiet. He had successfully completed his cat test (we have two cats and had to make sure he wasn’t aggressive towards them), been neutered, and taken a two day trip with a transport company from Missouri to Connecticut. We got up extra early to make it there for our 9 am pick up (we are about 2 and a half hours away!) and it was a wonderful experience.
When they brought our puppy out, both Jay and I fell in love with him. He looked up at us with big sad eyes that immediately relaxed when we offered him a treat, a drink, and of course a gentle hug.
It took him a while to get comfy in the car on the way home, but we were very happy when he relaxed enough to sleep.
The kids were so excited to see him when we got home, and surprised us by remembering that they had to be gentle with him. He immediately took to them, and they were both thrilled!
Our first week together went by easier then I thought it would. The cats were not thrilled with the dog, but he was very happy and finding his groove in our family. He had minimal accidents, and we learned that all he really wants is a hug and gentle back rub.
He went to the vet this past Saturday to be checked out. We felt so bad for him when we heard what the doctor had to say. They confirmed our suspicion that he had the beginning of kennel cough and decided to put him on an antibiotic. Then they told us about his ear – his one ear was packed, and I mean PACKED full of dirt and fly poop. Yup, you read that right – fly poop. He also had scars on the outside of his ears where it looked like flies had layer eggs in them. I was suck to my stomach that someone would allow this to happen to a puppy or any animal for that matter.
Now that he is on his antibiotic and ear drops, he is feeling much better. A nice bath helped him tons too! We are so happy with our new furry baby, and we decided to change his name so he could have a fresh start with us. Our puppy, Jasper, doesn’t even realize the spoiled life he is about to have, and we couldn’t be happier to spoil him. It has been a fantastic week and a half getting to know him and watching him blossom! He has overcome his fear of the stairs and the hardwood floors, and is falling into our routine very nicely. The only “obstacle” left is for him to befriend the cats – he is trying desperately to do so and they just won’t give in! Hopefully soon
Tell me about your pets! If you have blogged about them, leave the link – I’d love to check it out.