This past Saturday I woke up early to take care of a few errands on my to-do list. A list which includes one extremely important errand – doggie pedicures. My dogs nails were excessively long and I’ve put off having them trimmed for at least two weeks. I felt bad Friday night when my chihuahua got his nail stuck in our living room rug so a pedicure Saturday morning was an absolute must, even if it meant the other things on my list didn’t get done.
We loaded up early and I headed toward PetSmart. I like using their Banfield Hospital for our non-emergency appointments like nail trims, grooming, etc. As soon as I pulled up I knew it was going to be a dangerous trip. Outside, in the parking lot, PAWS Atlanta was set-up for a Tour for Life 2016 adoptathon! They had dogs and cats out at the trailer and in front of the store just waiting to be adopted and given new forever homes. Almost immediately I knew I wouldn’t be returning home with only my two dogs. There was a 30 minute wait for pedicures so, naturally, we did what any pet-lover would do. We went outside to the Tour for Life and made new friends!
That adorable little girl on the far left is Amami. She was given up by her owner for being too energetic (although she was sweet as she could be and wanted nothing more than a belly rub and a smile). My boys loved her at first sniff! We spent almost our entire 30-minute wait playing with her and being best pals.
The temptation to adopt was so real! I took a picture which (of course) I immediately text to my husband. I tried to capture a shot of her where she had that oh-so-cute, “I’m sweet and lonely, please adopt me” look on her face.
I knew we didn’t need another dog but I can’t help it if I want another dog. The PAWS Atlanta adoption fee on Saturday was only $250 and that included microchipping, spaying, and shots. That’s a pretty great deal if you ask me. I sent my husband this picture….
He responded with, “Adorable.”
I understood that it wasn’t really what he said, but what he didn’t say, in that moment that really mattered. What he didn’t say was:
- Our current lease only allows two dogs. Is it really a good idea to try to tempt fate and sneak in a third dog?
- Wouldn’t it be a better idea to wait until we buy a house next year?
- We’re planning a trip soon and most hotels only allow 2 dogs. Are we going to sneak her in there too? Do you really feel like boarding her so soon after adoption?
- Are you sure you want to do this?
I resisted. I took my boys in for their nail trim and then I went home but I almost immediately started stalking the PAWS Atlanta Twitter page. I felt bad for her. She was such a sweet loving girl and I wanted to know she found a great new home. I told my husband that if we got back from our trip and she was still there I might have to go and get her. Fortunately, last night they shared a tweet that Amami was adopted!
Our chihuahua was given to us by a friend who had puppies but our chiweenie came from a rescue and, because of him, I’m all about rescue dogs now. Sure, they may require a bit more patience and be a bit distrusting in the beginning but they are so full of love and cuddles. If you’re in the market for a pet, please consider a rescue or a shelter dog. They need love too.
After seeing that Amami was adopted from PAWS Atlanta I gave my boys one of their new lamb treats from Chewy.com as a “Way to go!” for being so sweet at the Tour for Life event, for behaving so well out in public, for obeying new commands, and for being the sweet little munchkins we love so much!
I’m part of the Chewy.com blogger program so every month they send new treats for my boys to enjoy. This month I requested the Solid Gold Tiny Tot lamb treats (instead of the pumpkin I’ve been requesting for them lately) and, as you can see, Wilkins was excited about them. Lol.
The Tiny Tots lamb treats are are made with lamb, brown rice, oats, tapioca and cinnamon. It’s not really something I would eat (I’m not really a fan of lamb) but apparently my dogs think they are the greatest thing in the world. In fact, to win a treat both of my dogs followed the sit, down, stay, and leave it, commands in a row. They didn’t move until I said, “Go get it” at which point they gobbled them down as quick as they could.
I do kind of feel bad for not adopting Amami on Saturday but I’m so happy that she did end up finding her new forever home. I only hope that her new human mommy is smothering her in love and Tiny Tots lamb treats too.
How was your weekend friends? Did you do anything fun? How do you feel about rescue pets?