“I don’t want a second dog. I don’t need a second dog. I can’t afford a second dog. I can’t handle a second dog.”
Repeat, repeat, repeat until a state of acceptance has been reached.
Cody is not a huge dog, but at 44 lbs. and being half German Shepherd, she is perfectly capable of taking down an intruder. However, at 44 lbs., she’s still small enough that if hubby and I had to go into an apartment, we could probably find a way to take her with us. We decided that we were happy with one dog.
But me being me, I simply couldn’t resist looking at the SPCA website.
And there was Chloe – a mixed lab/shepherd who looked amazingly like Cody, except that Chloe had unusually large, pointy ears. Only 8 months old, and just listed on the website that day. And look at those eyes!
I brought the subject up to my husband that evening, explaining that two medium sized dogs could be as effective as one large dog and that we could each walk one dog. And Cody could have a sister to keep her company while hubby and I were at work. We decided to discuss it after Cody’s evening walk.
Wouldn’t you know it – on the walk, we were approached by another dog who was off-leash, and Cody went absolutely ballistic. It took both my husband and me together to get her under control and back to the car.
And that was the end of the maybe-we-should-adopt-Chloe discussion.
The next day, I had a slow point at work and [again] me being me, decided to go back on the SPCA website and look at Chloe’s photo. After all, maybe Chloe really would fit in, and Cody would love a playmate. We already have the crate and all the puppy supplies, and the SPCA has a very nice gift shop where a new collar and leash can be purchased. Today was the one day a week the SPCA was open late. I could stop on my way home!
By golly, maybe we do want a second dog! Cody and Chloe – doesn’t that sound sweet?
Fortunately for me, Chloe had already been adopted, and reason returned.
I’ve stopped looking at all pet adoption websites.
At least until the next time.
Images by Cordelia’s Mom and staff at Sheridan Animal Hospital, Tonawanda, NY, respectively