One year ago today we made one of the best, yet least thought-out decisions we had ever made. We adopted our little ewok- Tuna.
Although we had no intentions of getting a dog, one night we ended up browsing through the dogs available for adoption at Operation Kindness, a no kill shelter in Dallas. Somehow, at the exact same time, we showed each other our phones with the picture of the same dog and said “what about this one?”. It was the swishy little face of Tuna (then known as Angie).
The next day we went over to Operation Kindness “just to look”. As soon as we saw her, we knew we had to take her with us.
When I say we did not think this through, I really mean we did not think this through. We had no food, toys, bed, treats, etc. We hadn’t even looked at the pet policy in the apartment complex we lived in (we sure were surprised after having to pay a non-refundable pet deposit and monthly pet rent)
To make matters more complicated, there was no history for Tuna. She was a heartworm positive stray found by the pound. We didn’t know exactly how old she was, whether she was house trained, shy or aggressive, etc.
Yet none of those logical thoughts crossed our minds. We couldn’t bear leaving without her so we paid the adoption fee and headed to Petco to buy everything and anything.
Those first few months with her were a rollercoaster. We were so happy to have her, but were constantly challenged while dealing with her heartworm. It turns out that she was housetrained, but she was fearful of other dogs and would go days without eating.
It took about three months for her to be heartworm free and for all of us to truly adjust.
If you have a new pet and are struggling with whinning, house training or other behavioral issues, be patient. It takes a few months for a dog’s true personality to come out. Especially if they are a rescue. There were days when Tuna would wake us up with her whining and I felt defeated and stupid for making such a rash decision. After that I would feel guilty for even thinking that.
But here we are today, one year later and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. I am not saying that I recommend heading to the nearest shelter to pick up a dog you know nothing about. It is definitely a huge responsibility, and it’s not for everyone. But knowing that we gave at least one of the thousands of homeless pets a home is the greatest feeling.
Seeing this furry pug creature when coming home from work gives me more joy than I could have imagined and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
So, happy one year adoption birthday to us and to our little Ewok.