On Thursday, Chris and I made a last minute decision to visit an animal shelter in the area. We’ve tossed around the idea of adopting a dog, but money and time constraints made us hesitant to commit to anything right away. That was until we met Lilly. Although the staff at the shelter told us she was shy and timid, she ran right up to Chris and promptly rolled over for a tummy rub. No other dog stood a chance after that moment – it really was love at first sight.
Lilly is a 7 month old chocolate lab/retriever/shepherd mix…we think. She came from a home with too many pets and was brought to the shelter with her brother, a black lab mix. The shelter wanted them to be adopted separately so that they would become more social, friendly, playful pets without relying on each other.
We got to pick Lilly up and bring her home yesterday. So far, so good! Lilly appears to be housebroken (fingers crossed!) and doesn’t bark much (don’t worry – I’m knocking on wood as I type this). She slept most of the day yesterday, a combination of exhaustion from all the change in her life and recovery from being spayed on Friday.
We’re fortunate that I am only working three days a week, within walking distance of our apartment. This means Lilly will have plenty of attention, time outside of her crate, and lunchtime walks. We have time today and tomorrow to really acclimate to a routine and schedule in her new home; acclimation that is needed for Chris and I just as much as for Lilly.
I’m sure there will be plenty of pictures of Lilly as time goes on – she’s already part of our little family and soon I’m sure I’ll forget what our life was like without her.
Do you have a pet? How much thought did you put into getting your pet before taking it home?