Lately, I haven’t been quite as active as I usually am here and on my Facebook page. Here is the reason:
Meet Adventure Dog, the newest member of the Adventure Family!
Mr. Adventure loves dogs. Like, loves them. He has been wanting to get a dog since we began our adventures together almost eighteen (18!) years ago. But the time was never right.
First, we bought a house.
Then, we were always out having Young People Adventures, and weren’t home that often.
Then, we got cats.
Then, we had the Three Little Adventurers, who, for a long time were just too little (and their mother was too overwhelmed!) to get a dog.
Then, our sweet kitties got old and too cranky for a dog.
Then we moved again, and the reasons go on and on and on.
Sadly, our last kitty passed in September, and it seemed the time had come. But with fall comes all-of-the-activities, and we were just. so. busy. I kept putting it off every time Mr. Adventure would try to discuss what became The Dog Situation. The conversations would go something like this:
Mr. A: So, I think the kids are old enough now, we really should look into getting a dog.
Me: (cleverly distracting him) So, what do you think of the Eagle’s chances of making it to the Super Bowl this year?
Finally, I could put it off no longer. We knew we wanted a rescue, so I posted in our local Facebook group asking for reputable animal rescue places. One that kept coming up over and over again was Last Chance Animal Rescue in Waldorf.
Last Chance is a bit of a hike from Anne Arundel County, but they do events throughout Maryland and Virginia at local Pet Smarts. I thought this sounded like a nice, relaxing way to meet a dog, and began to stalk their amazing Facebook page, where they post animals up for adoption weekly. (Seriously, like their page and spend hours gazing at adorable animals. They have a fantastic photographer.)
Unfortunately, my idea of strolling into a Pet Smart did not come to pass. Between swimming, dance, and winter soccer, we just couldn’t make it to one of their events. Mr. Adventure began to despair of ever adopting a dog.
One weekend, I decided that it was now or never. We made a special trip to Last Chance one Sunday. All of the Adventure Kids were super excited. Except Gertrude, who is cat obsessed. All throughout the long-ish drive, she complained loudly about how cats were better, she didn’t even want a dog, blah, blah, blah.
When we arrived, we knew that the adoption event for the weekend was over, but the employees at Last Chance are so awesome that when I called and explained my situation, one employee kept in touch with me via text to let me know that some puppies were still available. When we got to the puppy area, they let Mr. Adventure hold a little black dog that they described as “calm”.
Gertrude, Queen of Cats, took one look at the puppy and squealed like she was at a Kidz Bop concert.
“Oh, my gosh, he is so soft! What a sweet puppy! I love him!!”
Mr. Adventure and I looked at each other and decided that this was the one.
While I don’t recommend being as hasty as we were in picking out a puppy, I must highly recommend Last Chance Animal Rescue. They allowed us to foster the puppy for two weeks to make sure he was a good fit for our family before we officially adopted him, and the adoption fee included his first few shots, a microchip, and having the dog spayed/neutered. Adventure Dog turned out to be a great fit for our family, and is a sweet, mostly calm puppy who loves everyone he meets.
Aside from the normal new puppy hiccups (going out in the middle of the night, gnawing on everything) Adventure Dog is adjusting to life with the Adventure Family nicely, and so am I! (Believe it or not, this is my first dog, ever!)
Have you ever adopted from a rescue or shelter? Tell us about your experience in the comments!