Poor Ilsa – the dog I was fostering. What was thought to be a temporary obstruction causing her to be ill turned out to be a genetic condition. So, I had to take her back in the hopes someone else would adopt her, as I could not take care of her due to the excessiveness of her symptoms and frequency of their causing her upset. So – after weeks of very little sleep and much scrubbing of the apartment, I took her back. Many tears.
I just went back a few weeks ago, and they’ve assured me she’s stabilized with a family and a yard, so she is doing better. That’s good news.
I miss her. But I also learned a lot: that I still have trouble finding the city a good place to keep a dog, that the commitment is a special, ongoing, demanding one – and you have to be ready to constantly uphold it. Also, that if you can’t take care of the dog properly, the only thing to do is give the dog to those who can…which is heartbreaking. But the right thing to do.
So – will I have a dog for myself? If I can get a house with a yard, yes. But not until then. 3 weeks ago
The dream is to have an akita, but a lab will suit us more :) 2 months ago
Let the house breaking begin!! :) 2 months ago
Timeline: once I’m married
Necessary resources: money, approval of my husband 3 months ago
Pick him up in two weeks :)
not him in the pic,actual photos to come3 months ago
formal name: Ricardo Joachim 3 months ago
This will be more feasible once we FIND A NEW HOME FOR SMUDGE5 months ago
Well, it’s going to be a while, b/c I have determined that whenever we finally move into an apt, we have to get a dog at the same time, which requires even more money, so it’s going to be a whiiiiile.
But we generally agreed on a few things:
1) to try to find said dog at an animal shelter (or take one from a friend who has to give theirs up b/c of moving, etc)
2) to try to find a younger dog, so that they’ll be with us a long time
3) to try to find a dog that’s on the smaller side, so that I can pick it up myself in case of emergency (or during a long walk, or whatever) and so we can snuggle, and that whatever small place we’re in will be the right size (not a big dog crammed in a tiny space)
I’m sure we’ll go somewhere and just HAVE to have a dog we see, and all these thoughts will just be thrown right out the window, but these are the general thoughts for now! 6 months ago
Just a pic of her and I settling in for a snooze. 6 months ago