Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona
Adopting a Dog
so my sister has been begging me for a dog for the past month. I finally caved under the pressure of her and my dad.
We went and looked today at our local humane society. We were torn between a 10 month old puppy named Chaos because she was "too rambunctious and did not take well to being disciplined with a shock collar" and a 4 year old cattle dog mix named Silver who was dropped off since her owners were moving.
We took Chaos out into the meeting area and she ran around a bit and was completely disinterested in us. I didn't like that since she had been in that area before and we were the new ones. The shelter also wasn't sure how she was around other cats, dogs, or kids (All of which is a requirement where we live). When the kennel assistant brought her back to her kennel, I wasn't too keen on how she reacted to the other dogs by getting all nosy with them while they were barking.
We took out Silver next. She immediately did her business, did a quick sweep, and then paid us a bit of attention before getting into the kiddie pool they have (It was about 110 out so no foul there). She was very independent but very sweet. When she was taken back to her kennel she didn't even look to the other barking dogs, which I liked a lot. The kennel paper for her said she was good with dogs, but they didn't know with cats. When we inquired up front the lady said she actually brought Silver on an even with her and she did wonderfully with dogs, cats, and kids.
We asked our landlord after deciding and he gave us the go ahead. this is the dog we'll be bringing home tomorrow and giving a two week grace period. If she has irreconcilable differences with any of our existing pets, she'll unfortunately be unable to stay with us, but we'll probably try to adopt her out through my sister's work u=instead of the humane society.