Dog Stuff · Life

Gotcha Day

Her Royal Cuteness Lady Amilia, age 12 weeks

On November 14. 2017 Ami wiggled into my life and I had no idea how much she would change everything around. Of course, the journey started long before she actually got here. There was a lot of research. I had to find the right race for me. For somebody with chronic depression a husky sure isn’t the right choice. For me it needed to be a low energy level dog (in other words, a couch potato) to make sure I can meet her walkies need regardless how I feel. Bulldogs are the perfect match for that. Actually, nowadays it is the way that I want to go out and walk and she tells me to bugger off. After I had decided on the race, I needed to get the theory part of the dog owners license (it’s mandatory by law here in Lower Saxony) done. So there was a lot of studying involved. These tests are taken by licensed dog trainers and I can remember I was sitting in his kitchen, his really big cat on my lap, taking that test. It was like 88 questions but I passed with flying colors. Ya the cat helped me, but don’t tell anybody.

Without car and drivers license (I never made one) my options where kinda limited on where to look for a puppy. Somebody told me to look on Ebay want ad. That way you can search regional. There was a small list of OEB’s and as soon as I saw her picture I knew she is mine. Then everything went very fast, some emails, some phone calls and the “breeder” even offered to bring her to me. Perfect!

It was a Wednesday evening when she arrived. Instead of having her in a transport crate, that dimwit had tied her with the leash in the trunk. Poor girl. He handed me her papers, the contract and, surprise surprise, 6 Panacur (that’s a medication for giardien – sorry, couldn’t find a translation – it’s a parasite in the bowels, often in cats and dogs, especially when too many animals are held in too small and unclean spaces). Would have been nice if he would have mentioned that during our conversation on the phone. Well, to make a long story short, I ended up spending around 1 k on vet costs to get rid of that massive infection. I’m glad she got outta there in time.

She is the best thing that ever happen to me. It is amazing how much joy, fun and love a dog can add to your life. Yes, it’s constant learning too, for both, but it’s the fun kind of learning (nothing annoying like math). I went from not leaving the house at all to several walkies every day. Even on bad days we walk, which makes me feel better right away. And there isn’t a day where she doesn’t make me laugh and giggle.

Have a pawesome day, no matter where on our planet you are. Stay safe and healthy. ❤

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