By: Revanche

Bringing a new life into our lives

May 16, 2011

You’ve all been quite patient about the travel photos but I think you can hang on just a few more days whilst they get organized, right?  Especially since I’m much more excited about this news?  Some of you already know, but we’ve decided to adopt.  I was going to hold out, really, I was.  We were just looking.  And planning, and budgeting.

But that fine fellow from my previous post was adopted out from under our noses before we even had a chance to see him and the realization that if we were going to get a companion befitting our very specific profile dawned – we do have cash on hand if luck forfend, anything should happen, but we could also be looking for a very long time otherwise should we keep waiting for the perfect time.  In fact, we could well just be waiting into next year and frankly, my stress levels are through the frakking roof.  We both, scientifically speaking, do much better with dogs in our lives.  [Please don’t ask for my datasets, they’re not currently organized.]
So we went to meet someone on Saturday, our game plan set: we’d meet him and regroup to discuss. We were not bringing anyone home on Saturday.
Except …..
I did leave behind a fat check for a non-profit breed rescue that’s been caring for this adult fella for the past year so that we can pick him up next week.
Technically speaking, we didn’t break the rules.
We’re both thrilled to bits!  He’s awfully sweet, quiet as anything so far, inside and out, just a lovebug from the get-go and loves attention but isn’t pushy about it.  If you stop petting him, he’ll wait with hope in his eyes but he won’t shove you about for more even if he’s big enough to.  He does gentle nose bumps.  I sat on the floor to examine him, head to toe, and he let me do it without protest even though I was a complete stranger picking up his paws, checking his ears, probing his ribs.
I’m grateful to the rescue for their work in keeping him safe and healthy and can’t wait to bring him home next week.
So far, the cost has been $250 for his release, and he’ll come to us with a collar, microchipped, current on his vaccines and preventative medications, neutered, and a full medical history.  We will need to buy:
1.  A bed,
2.  2 leashes (he doesn’t chew but I always keep a backup and he’s still learning leash manners so we may use 2 in tandem),
3.  a secondary collar for training,
4. food,
5. A car hammock (PiC’s decided he’s happy w/that instead of a new car for now)
6. food and water bowls
7. Shampoo
And schedule:
1. Vet appt
2. Licensing
3. Grooming (1st visit will be necessary, I’ll do all his grooming thereafter)
We’ll be getting an unused crate from family and I already have the Furminator which is a must for this guy’s coat.  We priced out the list above and I’m aiming to keep it below $100 for the purchases since we also have to pay for licensing and the vet.  And then!  The puppy fund for the dog begins in earnest. I have a ton of budgeting to manage, these days.  But having a dog to hug at the end of the day, every day?   *happy sigh*

My thanks …..

to Greg at Control Your Cash for hosting this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance and for including my post How Much Help Should An Adult Child Give Parents?  Be sure to submit to next week’s Carnival.

14 Responses to “Bringing a new life into our lives”

  1. Awww! Congratulations!!!

  2. Very awesome that you adopted. I definitely support Humane Societies over expensive breeders. I can’t wait to live in a place that allows animals!

  3. Gorgeous puppy! We need more pictures.

  4. He’s adorable we also picked up a 3rd pup this weekend to add to the family 🙂 very excited about that so I can’t imagine how elated this guy made you and PIC.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Aw, what a cutie. Hope he brings you much love and comfort at the end of each day. 🙂

  6. Karen says:

    Oh my, he’s gorgeous! Congrats!

  7. eemusings says:

    Yay! I’m so happy for you guys.

    My friend/coworker just adopted a retired guide dog, which I think is such a great thing to do.

  8. Awwwwwww! Very sweet. yay doggie friends 🙂

  9. Kris says:

    Congrats for sure! And extra points for use of the word “frakking,” correctly spelled. Always a sign of a kindred spirit!

  10. Serendipity says:

    DOGGY!!!!! You and PiC are going to give him a great home. And he is ADORABLE!

  11. Wow, he’s beautiful! Good for you…and him. 🙂 Congratulations!

  12. psychsarah says:

    What wonderful news! Congrats to you. I know what you mean about being happier with a dog around. Our dog and two cats bring so much to our lives. DH took the dog camping with him and his buddies last weekend, and I felt a bit lost without my Bear around. I was quite happy when he returned. Your new guy looks a lot like mine, but mine has longer hair. Enjoy him!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wow–he is absolutely beautiful!!! I am partial to husky/Malamute mixes anyway, since I had one myself years ago. Congrats!!! I know our little adopted French bulldog has brought so much joy to our lives and I have no doubt that this guy will do the same for you!


  14. Shannyn says:

    Oh my gosh! I’m a foster mom for a pug rescue in Illinois and I think I’m pretty much set on adopting Ralph, a pug I took in a few months ago. It always warms my heart to see people adopting…taking in a new furry friend is always kind of a whirlwind of preparation, getting supplies, medical care and all kinds of crazyness, but totally worth it!

    Ralphie-pug has pneumonia but he’s on the road to recovery for adoption! 🙂 I hope all goes well with you and am enjoying my first perusing of your awesome blog!

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