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The drive home was a blur. I'd just adopted a two-time shelter reject named BJ from a Siberian Husky rescue group.
Now, the 2-year-old, just-spayed Husky-Golden Retriever mix I was about to rename Chipper sat motionless in the back seat, looking at me with weary eyes. I'd quickly ushered her into the car during a rainstorm and I remember how much this dog’s matted coat stunk — and how helpless I felt because I couldn’t open the windows for ventilation.
Am I crazy? Is this the right dog for me at this time in my life? What is this dog going to do when we get home? Is she going to pee on my rug? Will she listen? What have I done?
Do these questions sound familiar? People speak of buyer’s remorse when they make a major financial investment, like purchasing a new car or a home. But one of the biggest emotional investments you will ever make is adopting a dog.
The clock starts ticking on the longest day of your life the second you sign the adoption papers. For the next 24 hours, you'll experience a crazy blend of euphoria and doubt. You may have trouble eating and concentrating. Your heart may race. Don’t worry — these are all normal occurrences.
To set you — and your new dog — up for success and a lifetime of happiness, here are some pointers for the first 24 hours.
Speaking of Chipper, let’s fast-forward seven years. She surfs, joins me in a people-dog workout class, and serves as my demo dog for the pet first-aid classes I teach. Sure, the first 24 hours with her turned me into an emotional wreck, but it was worth every second for the life that we now share.
We hope you enjoyed our contribution to Petside.com's Pet 'Net 2011 Adoption Event. Be sure to check out all the amazing submissions at the Pet 'Net hub! This year, Pet 'Net is bringing something new to the table — a partnership with Iams and a social media donation campaign! Calls to action on Twitter will yield food donations as part of Iams Home 4 the Holidays' Bags 4 Bowls initiative — and we've got all the details.
By taking any of the simple steps below on November 16, 2011, Iams Home 4 The Holidays and their Bags 4 Bowls initiative will donate bowls of food to local shelters!
At the end of the day, we’ll tally how many bowls of food were earned. Get sharing!
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