Adopt don’t shop

In my previous post I share some Information and news about my new puppy…I also mention that I in fact shopped and did not adopt. HOWEVER, it wasn’t because I wanted to exactly, the plan was to adopt. We live on an island and due to political and well, government changes around the world, adopting has been really hard. We started looking back last year when we initially moved out and had little to no success.

We would fall in love with a dog only to have someone who lives closer get the success of adopting them instead of us. My parents work shifts and I love to be able to baby sit the family dog who is a big brown lab! This meant that I wanted a dog that was guaranteed to be safe with other dogs, not to mention a number of children born in my family in the past few years so yet again another box that needs ticking…child friendly was also a must. We also have a pet rabbit so even more tick boxes, as you may already have guessed…we weren’t very successful at any rescues.

Our family dog Dexter

The perfect dog would appear; good with kids, great with other dogs and animals…then in the small print…MUST live with another dog…I was not prepared to adopt two dogs at once so that was out of the question. I am also not that experienced when it comes to dogs with certain medical or behavioural issues so I did not feel comfortable having a dog with either of these issues straight off the bat as my first personal dog as I believed I needed at least a bit more experience first. If this goes well and a dog pops up in a rescue I would be more than happy and comfortable looking at adopting! Overall it is easier to buy a particular breed so that you know what its family line was like, what the behaviour or medical conditions may be like etc, I am not saying go and buy a dog but when you want that kind of security with a first dog then look into SAFE, ETHICAL, RESPONSIBLE breeders! Please speak to your vet, the kennel club etc to ensure you’re not purchasing a puppy from a negative breeder!

My partner has never had a dog let alone a puppy and I really did think it would be a cool experience for him at least once! Now came the hard part…what breed would we like? I love every single dog so I found this VERY hard. I had always dreamed of a Corgi or a Bernese Mountain dog, Spaniels or even a Bull Mastiff. But what breed is reliable, easy to train, full of energy, great family pet and normally LOVES the water? Well that would be the Labrador! I have also had a lab in the family who of course is still with my mum and dad and he’s honestly one of my favourite beings on this planet. I love the temperament that labs tend to have, they’re high energy and love the water which is great when you live on an island surrounded by beaches! We also wanted a working line lab much like our family dog as I just prefer the higher energy and slimmer look of them compared to the show line.

Obi just looking adorable!

Bringing Obi home was a crazy adventure…so I will be writing about that in the next post! Thank you so much for reading and continuing to support me 🙂 I hope you’re all doing well during and have a great day!