photoI’ve been here for a few weeks now, waiting for someone to come and take me home with them. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much traffic through here lately. One of our friends got picked yesterday. A family dropped by and took him to his new home, making the cage seem a little lonelier. Luckily, I’ve got a couple of pals to spend the time with. We chat on occasion, telling grand tales of freedom and running through the parks, chasing cats. But all we really want is for that right someone to walk through that door be as excited about us as we are about them.

Perhaps there is a little more to it, though. A home would be great, but the right home would be perfect. I often wonder to myself what the right companion would be like. Personally, I like to spend my time with my companion, a daily walk in the park and some quality time well spent. A little bit of space would be perfect, but I’m small enough that I’d be happy with anything.

The cages are quiet today, feeding time has come and gone, so everyone is just lazing about. Ace and Frank seem a little bored, both pups just lying around doing much of nothing, so I break the monotony. I ask Ace and Frank what they think their owners should be like.

“Gee, Benny, I don’t really know,” Ace says, his face deep in thought. I can tell he’s concentrating because his droopy expression is tensed up. “I kinda like to be my own dog most of the time. A companion would be nice, but I like some time to myself, too. You know, get into mischief, maybe tear up the neighbor’s garden on occasion.” Ace jumped up and added, “Gotta have some room to run or else I’d get bored.”

“Whatever,” Frank interrupted, “your little stubby legs would be happy with a tiny fenced-in yard.” Frank’s a good dog, but he likes to tease Ace about his stubby legs. Ace responded by tackling Frank, starting a wrestling match.

“Well, what about you?” I asked Frank. He was a wild character, so I knew he definitely needed some room to run, too.

“Me?” Frank stopped wrestling with Ace and started thinking. “I’d like someone to spend a lot of time with me. You know how I am, I love to play. It’d drive me nuts to be by myself all the time. Maybe some kids to play with, too. A few games of fetch in the park and tons of room to run and dig would be perfect.” Frank sat down and asked me, “What about you, Benny?”

I thought for a moment, trying to picture what the perfect home and companion would be like. “I’d like someone who is there to play with me, but I don’t really think they’d have to spend every waking moment with me. At least enough time so that I don’t think they’ve forgotten about me.”

I’ve had an owner before, long ago, but they didn’t want me anymore, so they brought me here. A companion would be great, but I don’t need attention as much as Frank does. The rascal loves attention. I figured Ace wouldn’t be as worried about spending time with an owner, he always talks about how much he enjoys his “alone time.” That lazy pup would likely just sit around and watch the Discovery channel all day long. At least, whenever he gets out of here.

I look around the cage. Really, all we want is for someone to come and take us home. I’d love someone that I could call “mine.” I know Frank definitely wants a whole family to play with, and even though Ace likes to be alone, deep down, I know he wants a family, too.

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ADOPT A PET MONTH – Choosing the Right Dog

photoBefore you introduce a new member to your family, there are some things you must first consider. You have to clarify what you and your family will desire from your new four-legged friend, and what the pup will need in their new home. Remember that you are not the only one whose life is about to change, so you want to be sure that you pick the right dog for you.

Consider the proposition of a pup

First, you must ask yourself – do you have the time for a puppy?  Can you spend lots of time with your pup? Busy schedules and work can overwhelm our lives, leaving little time to actually spend with a new dog. You’ll need to be able to take the time to properly train them and make sure their life is happy. This makes a large difference, especially to young puppies who need you to spend lots of time training.

Then, consider the amount of space you have to offer them. Is there lots of room?  Or perhaps you live in an apartment or condominium. If you live under a rented roof, you’ll have to consider the size of the dog you’ll adopt. Discuss with your landlord any requirements, as there are usually pet deposits and size limitations. You don’t want to put a Labrador in a small apartment. Having a pup join your life isn’t just about satisfying your needs.  Remember to consider the pup’s needs as well.

Also consider your budget. Money can play a big part in owning a doggy, so ask yourself – what can you afford for your pup? Consider the expenses of vet checkups, shots, dog food, housing, toys, and treats to keep them happy and healthy. You may not be able to afford to properly take care of a dog. And you don’t want to adopt them, only to return them when you can no longer afford to take care of them.

The right dog for your home

The Dog.  Now ask yourself what kind of pup you seek- do you like drooling, shedding, big or small, active, or perhaps even older? There are various combinations to choose from, and every one of them has the right owner, but you have to consider if you’re the right match for them.

When picking the right dog to join your family, consider any allergies, children, and other pets that will play a part in your pup’s life. Small children and other pets will greatly affect your pup’s lifestyle and ability to interact. If you have another dog, choose compatible breeds and genders. Gender can play a much larger role than you may think, as two females tend to interact better than a male and female or two males. For small children, such as infants, you’ll want to make sure your new friend doesn’t have access to them, at least until they’ve become adjusted to their new home.

Also remember that there may even be behavioral problems, such as bladder problems or aggressive tendencies. It is best to get a history on your future friend to make sure they will fit in with your family.

Choosing the right dog for you is more than just walking into a shelter and pointing a finger at a cute pup (they’re all cute). You have to make sure that you and your future friend are going to be a good match for one another, ensuring a house full of happiness.

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