If you plan to get a dog, please consider your local animal shelter or your local humane society. My local humane society is a no-kill shelter. They are almost always filled to capacity. This is because many people do not spay or neuter their dogs or cats.
Before I was married a few years ago, I adopted a fur ball named Molly. She had only been there for a couple of weeks. I was able to take her outside for a walk to see how we would get along together. She went home with me that day. She was a beautiful small black Pomeranian mix. Her fur was soft like cotton and her ears always stuck straight up. Someone told me she looked like a small fox.
After a few years, she developed several tumors that turned out to be cancerous. She had several surgeries to remove these. But she just wasn’t active anymore.
My soon to be husband thought that getting another dog to keep her company might pep her up a bit so we went over to the humane society.
We saw a beagle and her name was Faye. She looked so sad in her kennel and her brown eyes were saying, as nice as I am treated here, I want a home of my own. Please take me home. We were told that she hadn’t been at the shelter very long, but she had been brought back a couple times. Can you imagine that, how confusing that must have been for her.
We brought Molly over to the shelter so they could meet and we took them for a walk together. They seemed to enjoy it.
We took Faye home with us. Molly wasn’t sure what to think at first because she was used to being the only dog in the house.
Faye was wonderful to Molly. She could sense that Molly wasn’t well. My beautiful Molly became much more active and happy for the last 2 months that she was with us.
Three days after my husband and I were married, Molly passed away. Faye was inactive for a couple of weeks as she missed Molly as much as we did. She was grumpier than usual and growled at us more often than usual.
I believe that is why Faye was returned to the shelter because of the grumpy way she can be sometimes. There were several times we wanted to bring her back ourselves early on but we gave her a chance and she was a true friend to my Molly.
Don’t return a dog after a short time just because everything doesn’t go exactly the way you think it should.
I still get her grumpy side once in a while, and sometimes I get growled at when I ask her to get off my spot on the sofa so I can sit there. But she’s our precious dog. Older dogs have a lot of love to give.