Why did you choose adoption?
I was a single, career orientated woman when I decided that I wanted to adopt a dog. I had just bought a house and it felt lonely all by myself. Never having a dog before, I knew it would be a lot of work and very different from having cats. However, I felt in my heart that I wanted to do this as I have enormous love for animals. So much love that I was a strict vegetarian for 19 years (now only eating fish and chicken), not wearing or purchasing leather or suede, and supporting animal organizations.
Tell us about how you found your pet. How did you know they were “the one”?
I love the look of Basenji’s but wanted to find a dog that needed adopted from a shelter. I searched Petfinder.com and found this cute 1 year old girl named, Bella. She was a Basenji mix, cute as can be! I wanted a few weeks then looked again and she was still available so I decided to meet her. One week later we met and I feel in love with her. I was a bit concerned when I found out before adopting her that she had been returned to the shelter 3 different times (she had been in 3 different homes) but I wanted to give her a fair shot. It was a little rough at first, both of us adjusting to our new lives. After about 1 month, Bella and I started forming a strong bond. During that month, I met my now husband too! Bella immediately became attached to the idea of all of us together. I have had Bella for 3 years now and I am so grateful that I adopted her. I never figured out why she had been returned 3 separate times because she is the best dog. We absolutely spoil her and she is very much a huge part of our family.
Do you have any advice for potential adopters and new pet owners?
My advice to potential adopters and new pet owners is that understand that dogs/cats take work and dedication. If you are willing to put in the effort (love, affection, financial, etc.) and understand that there is an adjustment period, then you will do just fine. When I say the 1st month of adopting Bella was hard I mean it was hard! I had thoughts of giving her back but told myself that it is just an adjustment period for both of us and it will get better really helped us get through it. Also, I told Bella that she was stuck with me and I wasn’t going to put her back in a situation were she was left without a home again. When things get tough you can’t just give up. I’m so glad that was just a passing thought because I love her so much that I would be devastated if I didn’t have her in my life. My husband feels the same way! You will not regret bringing a dog/cat into your life. They will be bring you so much joy, promise!