10 THINGS I LEARNT WHEN I ADOPTED A DOG

Win Friends with a rescue dog

 

A few weeks ago we adopted a dog and we named him Ralph. He is the sweetest, most wonderful, gentle pupper. Growing up we always had a dog around, we had 3 German shepherds (Lady, Chas & Buster) and we had a black Lab (Abbey), but Ralph is my first dog as a grown up (getting a dog is definitely the most grown up thing I’ve ever done!).

We’ve learnt a lot so far so I thought I’d share a few of these knowledge drops with you today.


 

1. We’ve stopped eating dinner at the coffee table and finally started making use of our dining table that had been sat gathering dust in the corner of the room. There is far too much temptation for the dog if we even eat a piece of toast at the coffee table!

2. The only thing me and my Husband ever talk about anymore is our dog’s poop. {“Did he do a poop on your walk?” “What was his poop like?” “How many poops did he do?”}

3. Your house will smell of dog because your dog smells like dog and your dog lives in your house but it won’t matter to you because you smell like dog now too.

4. We didn’t research which human foods dogs can eat because we weren’t planning on letting him have any human food at all. That was until we turned our back on a plate of bread and hummus for 3.5 seconds, which was just enough time for Ralph to grab a piece of baguette and run away! {Some of the items you shouldn’t feed your dog include bread, alcohol, grapes and macadamia nuts}

 

Win Friends with dogs

 

5. You’ll start spending your clothing budget on sensible dog walking garms. I’d recommend a waterproof coat with a hood, waterproof walking shoes (Merrell have lots of great vegan options) and gloves (even gloves in Spring as I write this, cold and shivering from a very rainy dog walk)! I am a hop, skip and a week away from buying a bumbag to keep dog treats in.

6. I have met so many new people over the past couple of weeks. It was quite daunting at first, being a socially awkward potato n all, but you soon find your groove of a little chit chat about your dogs’ breed, age, the weather etc. Most of the people I’ve nattered to in the local park have all been so nice and friendly and it’s lovely when you bump into them again a few days later. The couple who recognised my dog from the rescue centre of where we adopted him’s Facebook page (was that a sentence done good?) and the woman with the Russian Bear dog have been a couple of my favourites so far!

7. With a dog who likes to lay across the bed sideways between me and my Husband when we’re trying to get to sleep, I’ve started to keep a spare blanket in my bedside cabinet so that I can make up for all the duvet I’ve lost to the dog.

8. Some people can’t compute that not everyone falls into a ‘Dog person’ or a ‘Cat person’ category. It’s OK to love both, Joan!!

9. Bathing a dog is both harder and easier than you’d imagine.

10. The welcome you get when coming home to a dog is one of the greatest joys in life. I like to exclaim “I came back!” over and over whilst Ralph spins in circles, jumps up onto his back legs and wags his tail so hard that I’m sure one day it will fly off. The cat has started to copy him and I’m worried my heart will burst into a thousand pieces whilst their both exposing their tummies to me demanding to be petted!

 

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If you are thinking about bringing a new pet into your family, please consider adoption. Find your local pet adoption centre and go meet your new best friend!

Win Friends with dogs

{photo by PETA}

 

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4 Comments

  1. May 8, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I can barely contain my excitement at this! He sounds like the best and is making you and Tom super happy. Btw, I don’t think you smell like dog! Can’t wait to meet him IRL. x

    • May 9, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Aw thank you! He is a ridiculous lad. He is looking forward to meeting you too 🙂 x

  2. May 16, 2017 / 4:30 am

    I cannot deal with the adorableness of this post. I am very definitely a cat AND dog person, why on earth would I choose?! It’s so cool that you adopted, after working at cat and dog shelters I’m even more passionate about adoption and I really believe that everyone can find a great forever friend at a shelter if they’re patient and flexible enough with their wants. I can’t wait until I’m in a stable enough living sitch’ to start adopting some furever friends!

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thank you so much, I am so pleased you liked the post. Ralph is an absolute dream and I can’t stop talking about him! That’s such a lovely thing to have to be looking forward to 🙂 I’m already excited to see pictures of your furever friends! xx

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