You all might remember that I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster trying to decide on adopting a dog…Brieda was the first option and what started my whole quest for a dog friend for my beagle, Rosie.
It turns out that another family had an approved adoption before I did and Brieda went to them. I was totally okay with that. I wanted Breida to be where ever it was best for her and I trusted that the family she went to would be good to her.
Then I got a lead on a little puppy that was also at a rescue. She doesn’t have a name…just known as Maggie’s puppy.
I did apply for the little puppy. It was quite a while before I heard back from the rescue. In the meantime, I scoured the rescue’s Facebook page for anything about Maggie the little puppy’s momma. I found this picture…
…and this picture.
Still, I didn’t hear from the rescue. I couldn’t imagine that I wouldn’t be approved. I was a little frustrated actually. But, I reminded myself that I wanted what was best for the puppy and if again, that wasn’t me, I would be okay with that.
In the meantime, after having the grandkids here over the previous weekend, and Rosie getting outside with no fencing, I decided to order the in-ground fencing. Rosie got out a few times but unlike my previous beagles, Rosie runs a half a block away and then comes back home. But…she only listens to me. It will be so much easier with in-ground fencing.
I kept thinking about Rosie and a puppy…or even another dog. What did I want?
I looked at kennels on Amazon. I looked at a leash with a double hook up. I looked at dog toys. Oh, I wished I would hear back from the rescue about Maggie’s Puppy.
Well, last week I finally got an email from the rescue. They apologized for not getting back to me. They were happy to say that I was approved and could start scheduling a time to pick up the puppy. They had another family interested in her but I was first so I had the first chance at getting her. I just needed to email them and start making arrangements.
YAHOO!!! I was so happy. I started looking at the calendar trying to see what I had when and when I could go pick up the puppy.
I ended up not answering the email and “slept on it”. In the morning, I still didn’t answer the email. I ended up doing some errands in the morning. While I was driving back and forth doing the errands, something struck me.
What I wanted more than anything was a really well-behaved dog. I’d love one that could do a few tricks. I’d love one that was obedient and trained. Getting a second dog wouldn’t give me that. Concentrating on Rosie would and I think the training would stimulate her.
Then I remembered Kalissa telling me about her conversation with Brieda’s rescue. The lady she talked to said she had a beagle and was a beagle lover. She said her beagle was so bad that she took the dog to obedience classes. She said the dog loves it and has gone on participating in obedience contests. Hmm. That got me thinking.
Well…if I wanted to put more time into a dog, why not put the extra time into Rosie? Why not take her to classes? I’ve always thought the coolest thing was dogs that come into nursing homes and such. I don’t know that Rosie has the potential for that…but, maybe. Who knows? Maybe she would take to it. She is a super friendly dog.
If nothing else, I’d likely have a more obedient dog. Rosie will get out and socialize with other dogs and hopefully be a little less anxious.
So…I picked up my phone and called the local dog obedience center and got Rosie and me on the waitlist for obedience classes and I emailed the pet rescue and told them I appreciated the work they did on my behalf but I was going to step back and let the other family adopt Maggie’s Puppy.
This isn’t a “hard no” on getting another dog. This is a Rosie comes first…and giving her the chance to be all she can be. And me, possibly getting the dog I always dreamed of. More to come on this for sure…
A big thanks to everyone who chimed in and shared their experiences with me and thoughts about getting a second dog…or a new puppy. I really appreciate all of your thoughts.