A little over a month ago I developed a new obsession. Well, not completely new, it had happened before, but a renewed obsession I suppose. I decided that I wanted a dog. Desperately.
Now, I have never had a dog of my own, other than a few dogs that lived outside when I was really young. So I had no idea what I was in for. None. Regardless, I started checking Petfinder every day and sending pictures to my boyfriend and mom constantly. They were both a bit hesitant, but I got them to eventually see my side of things. I’m responsible (-ish), almost done with school, and the majority of my friends have children, so surely I can handle a dog. Right?!?! Right. So off to the city to look for a puppy the boy and I went.
I had found a little guy online who I though was perfect, and tried really hard to get him. However, quite a few people were already in line for him, so we decided to look elsewhere. That Saturday we went to a few PetSmart adoptions, and didn’t find the right pup, although it’s hard not to take all of them! It’s just so sad to see them sitting in those little cages staring at you with their sad little eyes! So of course Arsen was having to talk me out of every dog I saw, but deep down I knew I would know when I found the one for me.
We ventured on to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter to see what we could find. There was a huge crowd in the lobby, some people adopting, but it seemed like more people were turning dogs in. We finally found someone to help us, and she sent us back to the dog area.
It was a little frightening to walk in, because the minute you do, many, many large dogs are lunging and barking at you in their cages. Now I know they are just excited, and it broke my heart, but still…a bit intimidating to walk into. So Arsen and I sort of split up and started wandering around. There weren’t hardly any small dogs, which is what I was looking for, so I was a bit disapointed. But after just a minute or so Arsen called me over, and I saw her. The most adorable little dog ever. She was tiny and scrawny, with her hair buzzed, but oh so cute! We took her out of her cage to play with, and the rest is history. She was obviously ours. After a few minutes of playing in the play room I asked Arsen what we should do. He said, “Well we can’t put her back in there.”
So that was that. A $25 adoption fee, a few instructions, and about 30 minutes of waiting in line later, we were pet parents. And I was completely overjoyed.
Addie soon after adoption
Now I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. The shelter had her estimated to be about 5-7 years old, but each vet we’ve taken her to has said she was younger. The last said no more than two years old, and the way she is growing, I’m pretty sure she is only a baby. She gets bigger every day, and not just weight gain. So we definitely weren’t bargaining on getting a puppy. I was not planning on dealing with the crazy energy, accidents in the house, and chewing on everything from my bathroom floor to my new slippers. It has been stressful at times, and frustrating (oh how frustrating) at others, but I wouldn’t trade her for the world!
She was exactly what I needed. A little baby to take care of, to begin our little “family”. She’s laying at my feet napping right now, and I couldn’t be happier!
Addie Today! Healthy and Happy.
After walking into that shelter and seeing all the dogs and cats available for adoption, this has become a huge burden on my heart. I have tried to convince each of my parents to adopt, and a few friends. I just can’t believe how many animals out there need a home. I encourage everyone who has the time and funds to take a pet home to do so. They give back so much happiness that there is really no reason not to do it! You can visit the OKC Shelter’s site here.
I hope everyone out there will seriously consider adopting! It’s the best thing you will ever do!