DiscoverCharmCity has a new member of the family! So excited to introduce this beauty! She is a healthy 3 year old retriever/ lab mix from BARCS Animal Shelter!
This has been a long time coming. If you’ve been following DiscoverCharmCity for a while you may be wondering, ” Where is your other lab, Monty?” Well, let me make a long story short, my ex boyfriend and I adopted Monty together from Paws for Life, a wonderful dog shelter in Chesapeake City, about 2 years ago, but when we broke up about a year ago and we decided that Monty would stay with him. I know he is being loved and taken care of, but it was and still is devastating:(
Fast forward to now, a year later, I knew I was ready to adopt again and the search was on!
I knew I wanted to adopt. No shade towards anyone who goes to a breeder, but I wouldn’t be able to live with myself knowing that there are so many dogs right here in my community that need a happy home.
So you think you’re ready to adopt?
One tip I have for a person who is considering adopting… be patient. You may not connect with a dog/or cat the first time you go to visit a shelter.
I surely didn’t.
I went back to the BARCS three times before I committed to a dog, but once I saw Madonna, it was LOVE at first site. She jumped in my lap as the match-maker was trying to take her back to her crate and from that interaction, I just knew she had to come home with me.
After making the decision that I wanted Madonna, BARCS would allow me to take her home the very next day. So that’s what I did. The next day I showed up at BARCS & was very excited! I went to pick her up and I was nervous. Its totally normal to be nervous, especially because of the unknown, plus owning a dog is a huge responsibility.
Tip number two. YOU MUST BE COMITTED. Really think about what it means to own a pet. For example, I am constantly out-and-about, so I REALLY needed to consider how this would effect my time. In the end, I decided that I was up for the challenge!
Having Madonna leave BARCS to go to her forever home with me made me so incredibly happy. I’ve made a vow to make her life as fun as possible while she is here on this earth. She is a gift from God that will help me appreciate the little things in life just a little more.
Until Next Time,