What Getting a Dog Taught Me About My Family

Two years ago my husband decided that he wanted a dog. My motto has always been, “I don’t want anything living in my house but me”, but you know how cute husbands are when they beg! Just joking, babe! Lol

Anyhoo … we found a cute little pup on Craigslist for $35 and decided to take the plunge. He was half boxer, half pit, and all cute. The new pup shook all the way home. The pup was so small that He had to carry him in his hands the whole ride home. We had no idea what we were getting in to.

An eight week old pup is like a newborn baby. We thought we’d make a space for him in the garage, but the pup had other ideas. He cried until we brought him into our bedroom. Give a pup an inch and he’ll take a mile! I wanted the pup to be an outside dog, but the pup had other thoughts.

We made sure the pup had the best organic dog food, great medical care (he had paw surgery after a bout with weeds that grew in the backyard), and constant attention. It got to the point where he was sleeping in our bed! So much for an outside dog! Lol

As the pup has grown, so have we. Thinking about him is now something we do automatically. We don’t buy anything for him without looking at the materials it’s made with and considering how it will enhance his life. He likes us all to be together. When one of us leaves the room he follows and cries until we all come back together again. I have a sneaking suspicion that training me for a baby was His plan all along! Lol

Well, it’s worked. As much as the pup makes me want to strangle him sometimes I can’t imagine our life without him. Now, we’re looking to add to our little brood. We have such a great life, I can’t imagine not having another addition to our family.

Wish us luck!

 

Why We’re Adopting

We are adopting because of me (Her). I never wanted to be pregnant. It’s all me, I’m the bad person. I think that if you want to be pregnant and have kids that way, that’s cool. I’m just not part of that group.

I was in foster care for a time, so I know that there are plenty of kids that are looking for forever homes. I also know that you don’t have to give birth to someone to love them deeply. There are so many people in my life that guided me through my youth. Without those people I would not be as sane as I am (I guess that’s not saying much! Lol) and I would not be doing the things that I do.

I’m not sure how I want to approach the conversation when it comes up. It seems like many of the other adoptive parents have arrived at this option as a last resort. This has always been our first, and only, option. I don’t want to sit around with people and talk about “getting over” not being able to have a baby of their own. I don’t have any stories about medical tests and IVF rounds.

Is there anyone else out there that is choosing to adopt as a FIRST choice?