Our First Adoption

19 Mar

This is Casey. We adopted him yesterday from Lost Dog Animal Rescue. He’s a 12-week old terrier mix, though mixed with what we have no idea. Any guesses? We’ve heard a few votes for rottweiler.

We’ve been wanting a dog for years. When we moved into our new house, the urge grew stronger and about a year ago I started allergy shots. Still, we knew we were going to have to look at one of the allergy friendly types of dogs like terriers or poodle mixes because while the shots help they don’t typically eliminate your allergies (especially when you are well into your 30s and have suffered with allergies for more than 25 years).

There’s no such thing as a hypo-allergenic dog, but there are some breeds that are better than others.

In order to determine my allergy level to Casey, the rescue organization suggested burying my head right in his hair and giving it some time. Also, making sure he licked me … which with a 12-week old puppy is not so hard. I’m sure I looked like an oddball snuggling this puppy right next to my nose and eyes in the store, but I was willing to do whatever necessary to make sure Casey is a good fit for us.

I had a small hive on my arm and one on my jaw line … but nothing much else happened. And for me, that’s probably as good as it’s ever going to get.

So, we went to the adoption event on Sunday and adopted our first family dog (we both grew up in homes with dogs and cats, but have never had a pet together).

The first two weeks are the trial period. If my allergies are just too bad we can return him to his awesome foster mom … but we already love him and so I’m extremely hopeful that he’s going to be a good fit.

We had not planned on adopting a puppy. We expected to adopt a 2- or 3-year old dog, but Casey stole our hearts. He’s mostly house-trained and crate-trained and has done a pretty good job at maintaining his training since we brought him home yesterday. Since we haven’t picked up a crate yet, we’re using our shower stall and as his safe place during the day. He has his nice soft bed in there, a bowl of water and some toys. I’m pleased to say there were no accidents when we went to the theatre last night, or this morning (I went home to let him out at lunch). So he definitely seems to have the crate-training (or shower stall-training in this case) down pat. We do need to get an actual crate because we want him to feel safe and contained and to be able to go in there whenever he wants when we’re home and hanging out as a family.

Here’s another picture because I just can’t resist.

Of course, we need to tell American Adoptions about his addition to our household. We mentioned that we were likely to adopt a dog to them a few weeks ago and they seemed very flexible about it, but I’m sure there will be some requirements. Also, we should find some time to take a picture with him since apparently that will help our profile greatly.

And, in case you’re wondering: No. We did not adopt the dog to help with our profile. You can check my medical record to see how long I’ve been taking shots to facilitate this adoption AND check my browsing history to see how long I’ve been obsessed with allergen friendly terriers.

On the other hand, we did need to make sure we found a dog that would be good in a house with kids. Lost Dog asked us the top three things we were looking for in a dog and we said: allergen friendly, gentle with children, social. Casey fits the bill very well. He had tons of fun with some toddlers at a BBQ yesterday. He gave a few tentative licks while they were petting him, but otherwise stayed away from their personal space, was patient and played nicely.

So, is Casey the cutest puppy you’ve seen in a long time or what?

7 Responses to “Our First Adoption”

  1. Genie Gratto March 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    He is ADORABLE. Congratulations on your new addition!

  2. Steven March 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    He looks a lot like that dog that Patrick and I found a few months back when we were out walking the dogs…..can’t remember what type of terrier she was though. similar markings, eyebrow tufts, and coat texture, though she was quite a bit more wire haired. But I would venture Casey has some of that type in him…..SO CUTE!

    • susan March 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      He does! We really liked that dog, too. Maybe that’s why we were drawn to Casey.

  3. Paula April 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    I just saw this particular post (I’ve been awwwww-ing at Casey all along)… honestly, the best thing we ever did for our dog was crate train him. It was a very, very gradual process of giving him the run of the house, which he still technically does not have – bedrooms are off-limits when we’re not home. The house-training went very quickly (like 2 weeks quickly), but he was crated when we were gone for more than a year. I think he’s mad that I finally got rid of the crate… mostly because of aesthetic reasons. And yes, he really is the cutest puppy I’ve seen in a long time (typing that with my hands over Truman’s ears).

    • susan April 28, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      It’s possible Truman and Casey are tied in the cuteness race, in my opinion. But yes, we’re crazy about him and LOVE that he’s crate trained. Speaking of the aesthetics of the crate, I have a post going up later today or tomorrow (it’s missing a picture that I need to take still) about how we solved that issue.

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