Around this time last year, we started looking for a second dog to add to our family. We made a list of traits we were looking for:
- Good with dogs
- Larger than Badger (not actually possible because of apartment rules)
- Pit bull-type but not listed as such (apartment rules, again)
- No major medical issues
- No bite history
Armed with this checklist, we browsed Petfinder. The first dog we were interested in didn't get along with other dogs, so we were immediately turned down. The second dog we were interested in was a little brown dog named Samantha. Samantha was a little on the young side, but we went ahead and e-mailed her foster mom. This is the reply we got:
Thank you for your interest in Samantha. She is a sweetheart! She is still available for adoption. She is currently staying at my home in foster, so will be able to tell you all about her and answer any questions you may have.
Looking forward to chatting more about the gal. You can mail me back or call. I am at work during the day tomorrow, but should be free after 5 PM.
|Samantha sticking her tongue out at her foster home|
Our first meeting between Badger and Samantha didn't go as well as we'd hoped. Samantha barked at him from a distance. After a few walk-bys, we brought the two dogs together, and she swatted him in the face. She jumped all over the humans in her attempt to get treats. Her foster mom told me how only one other family had been interested in Samantha, but they backed out, saying she looked too much like a pit bull.
When we went home, L and I had a long discussion about whether Samantha was the right fit or whether we wanted to meet more dogs. We finally decided to go forward with adopting Samantha (who we renamed Mushroom). She arrived at our apartment one day before Super Bowl Sunday. However, I continued to have second thoughts throughout our one-month foster-to-adopt period.
|The very first picture of Badger and Mushroom together|
Looking back, I sure am glad we adopted Mushroom. Because of her, we were forced to learn more about dog behavior, from leash reactivity to appropriate play. Because of her, Badger was forced to learn calmer behavior and the "leave it" command. She loves everyone she meets, and they all love her back.
Mush-dog, we're glad we took a chance on you.
Also check out Badger's story here.