Beginning the search for the most perfect pup can be overwhelming, but one thing is definitely a very simple choice to make: adopting a pup is a much better idea than purchasing one. There are countless reasons to choose adoption over buying from a pet store or a breeder, but here is my number one reason:
Adoption saves lives
It's absolutely tragic how many potential pets are put down each year simply because there isn't enough space for them at a shelter. About 2.7 million dogs are euthanized each year due to overcrowded shelters. Each time someone adopts from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal control agency, that's one more free spot and one more chance at life. Adopt. Don't shop.
My adoption story:
I would like to happily introduce you to my to my baby boy. Roscoe is my little "human". My spoiled little "human". I love this little guy so much it's disgusting. Roscoe was adopted into our family in April of 2016. My boyfriend and I had just finished the renovations on our home and were ready to add to our family. Since neither of us are ready for children yet we decided that a furry family member would be best.
Roscoe's first trip to the park with his new Humans.
He loves visiting with other furry friends.
Scrolling one Sunday afternoon through a Facebook group I came across a woman who was looking to re-home her fostered 4-ish year old Shih-Tzu. I reached out immediately. She sent me pictures and I fell in love. I had no idea what his personality would be like, all I knew was that he was meant to be with us. We sent her pictures of our home and gave her references. After speaking on the phone and about an hour later (Around 1:00 pm) we were in the car beginning our 5 1/2 hour trip to Jacksonville, Florida. We met with his Foster at a park and immediately fell in love. His Foster gave us his vaccination records, some potty pads, food, two small toys, and one month flea/ heart worm prevention. We took him home that day.
He was scared. Shaking most of the way home. At one point I even think I saw a tear. This broke my heart. It took him a few days to warm up to his new home but bonded with us almost immediately. Roscoe's foster had him on a pet insurance plan that was transferred into my name so we booked him a vet appointment immediately just to be safe. Roscoe checked out fabulously.
We learned early on that Roscoe HATES cages. Anytime he sees another animal in a kennel, cage, or glass enclosure he tries to break them out. His first time to the groomers they took him right back and had him ready to go in no time at all. However, the second time we took him to the groomer there was a wait. I had to get to work so I dropped him off as it was only a half day and I would be back within a few hours. People drop their pets off at the groomers all the time! What could possibly go wrong?
I called within the hour to see how he was doing and thats when I was told that Roscoe was not having a good time. He had been hyperventilating, knocked over the water bowl, was throwing himself against the door, crying, and had thrown up... I was in shock and immediately ready to drop everything at work to go and get him. The woman was very sweet and had told me she taken him out of the kennel and kept him up front with her until the groomers were ready for him. This put me at ease but I decided in that moment that it would be the very last time he would ever look at a kennel if I could help it. We now have someone come to the house to groom him, groom him ourselves, or ensure he will not be placed into a kennel if we take him to the groomers. There's a wait? I will wait with him. This incident reminded me that he's a rescue and made me think what on earth happened to him to make him react to a kennel the way he did. I probably will never know and maybe that's a good thing. So far, having someone come to the house has been successful. He truly loves to be pampered. Metrosexual if you will.
He loves to snuggle. He loves people watching; He will sit on the porch or in a park with you all day long and people watch. He loves kids! The first time he had a baby pull his hair he let out a little yelp before rolling over onto his back and putting his paws in the air in surrender (insert "Awhhhh" moment). He loves playing with other animals and seriously gets along with EVERYONE. His personality is absolutely amazing.
We are so unbelievably lucky to have him in our life and I wouldn't trade him for the world. Adopting is such a beautiful thing.
Now I will overload you with cuteness:
Left: Roscoe snuggling with Daddy
Center: Roscoe enjoying the ride down to Key West, Florida
Right: Roscoe enjoying a lazy Sunday.
Above: Roscoe showing off his new haircut
Left: Roscoe doing what he loves best
Right: Roscoe helping Daddy move boxes
Above: This was sent to me while I was at work. This is where he waits for me to get home.
Left: My furry nugget and I.
Right: I have no caption for this. I don't even know what their doing (LOL)
Okay, enough pictures. It's obvious we're proud parents to a rescued furry baby <3