But online is where I’ve recently adopted my dog, Busy, through Petfinders.com. It was exactly the type of situation that I was hoping for, one in which I felt was meant to be.
After my cat passed away last year, I had considered a dog adoption and a new brother or sister for my older dog, Poe. I figured in the business I’m in, dog walking & pet sitting, certainly someone would reach out to me with a dog in need of a home that would be a good fit for me. But oddly enough, that never seemed to happen. When a friend mentioned Petfinders.com, I thought it was worth a look. I was quickly overwhelmed by the hundreds & hundreds of pets needing homes – how in the world do I make a choice? After much deliberation, I was able to narrow down a breed I was interested in – dachshund, and decided to go with my gut. I reached out via email through the Petfinders.com website to two different rescue groups inquiring about each of the dogs I found online. Petfinders.com did mention that these rescue groups are pretty swamped and don’t often get right back to the inquiries, so patience would need to be called upon. I got a reply email for “Grace” (soon to be Busy) within minutes. She was still available for adoption, approximately 3 years old, was given up to a shelter pregnant, subsequently had two puppies who were now adopted, and looking for her forever home. Her background resonated with me and I filled out the application. The rescue group, Dachshund & Friends, was close by and a meet & greet date was set for a day later.
Whaaaaaaat just happened… everything moved so quickly, I hardly had a moment to start doubting my decision. There was no sleep to be had the night before we met… All that “adulting” started to factor in my mind – it’s more costly to have two dogs rather than one, will she get along with Poe, am I making a mistake, what am I thinking tying myself down to another dog… blah, blah, blah. But the minute I met her, the deal was done. She was very “busy” upon our initial meeting, hence her new name after I got to know her, but she made time to give me a couple kisses regardless of the chaos in meeting new family members and having to scope out every nook and cranny of the yard.
Busy now has her forever home and I couldn’t be happier to have her. She is very loving, very “busy”, and very loyal. Poe has grown to like, not love her quite yet. They play often and she is keeping my “old man” young whether he likes it or not. A big thank you and shout out to Petfinders.com and Dachshund & Friends Rescue Group for finding my perfect family addition.