A year ago today we adopted a dog! Happy first gotcha day Starlight Centurion!
This time last year we were staying for a time in Brittany and had no plans to get another dog. We had been house sitting for a while and had plans to continue this for a bit longer if we could find the right sit. Then somehow, we saw an advert for a rehoming charity and they had some puppies for adoption.
Over the course of a few days we discussed if we even wanted another dog, never mind another puppy. Things were going well, and a puppy takes a huge amount of work, our other dog had been a handful when she was a puppy!
So, we finally decided that though we would like another dog, it was not going to be a puppy and we would take our time to choose a dog that was right for us as a family and would get on with Miss Bunting! A few weeks later we found her. It is difficult to know what makes a dog right for you when you see the picture, I would take all dogs home if I could, but some you are drawn to I guess when you have to make a decision, and we hoped she was the one.
We pinged off a message to the charity and they passed our number on to the family who were fostering her for a chat. After some discussions and reassurances we decided to go ahead and try to adopt her. We had to have a home check, and this was arranged quickly and thankfully we passed!
The race was on to get her to us from the Dordogne to Brittany. The family she was with were going on holiday and the plans was to wait for a week for them to return, but this was obviously not ideal. It was proposed that the four days later we would get her if transport could be arranged. There are an amazing set of people who help out a charity to transport dogs and cats around to their forever homes. The call went out and an amazing lady stepped up to help out.
The fosterers drove two hours north to the lovely lady and there they swapped cars, the lady drove three hours to meet us at Nantes and drop Starlight off and then drove all the way back again. It was so good of her – we drove two hours from our home to Nantes earlier in the day and returned home with our new dog.
We arrived home and the meeting of the two dogs went well. Things were up and down for a few days as they sorted themselves out but on the whole it went fine and now they are such a team!
A long time ago we had a dog from an animal shelter, my awesome baby who had been badly treated and then dumped. She was badly affected by her experiences in the shelter, contrast this with our adoption from a foster family, who has none of the issues she had despite her troubled start and the difference is amazing. I would foster in a heartbeat if we had the space.
If you can, please adopt or foster and give a dog a chance. Lots of charities depend on volunteers to help in the movement of animals to their forever home. We were lucky enough to do this when we could and my kids were so happy to be helping another dog out. Even if you can only do a few miles it might be the difference!