If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a couple of photos with my adorable dog Lily. I’ll be honest and tell you upfront that I did create an Instagram account just for her photos – find it here. It’s crazy to think that I’ve only had her for a year, but it seems like she’s been always been a part of my family. Adopting a dog is so rewarding and I wanted to share with you all my experience of adopting Lily.
Greg and I had been living in our apartment for a few months and after spending some time with my cousin and her new pitbull puppy, I got the idea in my head that I wanted a dog. I grew up with two beagles but they were mostly outside dogs and I really wanted a smaller dog that could roam around in our apartment and a dog that I could consider my own. I kind of had it in my mind that I wanted a puppy, they are so adorable and cute! I really didn’t have a breed in mind, although Greg really liked terriers.
We began our search online, checking out sites like the Humane Society & Petfinder. It’s incredible how many dogs are available for adoption and I really liked how some of the sites featured photos and videos of the dogs. On a whim, we decided to visit a couple of shelters. Although there were quite a few dogs at the shelters, none of them seemed to be the right fit for us. Fortunately, an adoption event was happening at a park near us, so we decided to drive over a take a peek. I was immediately drawn to these adorable Pomeranian puppies. Greg locked eyes with a small terrier and the rest was history. I could see in his eyes that he had fallen in love with Lily right away and although the adoption agent told us that she was five years old, we decided that a slightly older dog would work best for our lives at the moment.
Lily is absolutely incredible. She is a five year old cairn terrier mix. I can’t believe how well behaved she is. Since she’s older, we believe that she was already house trained. The things about rescuing dogs is that you don’t know their full background. Sometimes families decide to give away their animals due to moving or other situations. We really lucked out with Lily and she is so smart and sassy.
I’d recommend adopting an older dog if you’re looking for a pet that you can train but already has some training of their own. You pretty much get to skip the bathroom training stages and older dogs are a bit calmer than puppies. I really couldn’t imagine my life without her. She absolutely loves the outdoors. We take her for a walk around the lake by our apartment and she just sits and watches the ducks in the water. She loves toys and is the best snuggle buddy a girl could ask for.
Have you ever adopted a pet or are considering adopting one? Let me know in the comments section!