I have posted recently about my story of having dogs in my childhood and then adopting Lucky from Battersea 4 years ago. See my post about homemade vegan dog food here and why it is important. This particular script is dedicated to the process of adoption.
Taking a Pet Home
4 years ago I was living in a small 1 bedroom apartment with no outside space and I was working as a digital marketer for a very competitive industry. You can imagine that there are a few cons to my desire to get a dog.
First, I will need to think about a smaller bread than a collie that I had before. My space was far too small. Next would be the concern of having enough time to walk the dog and give enough attention. Finally, I wasn’t too keen on the breeding farms – for them it is just a business. They will be always interested in breeding more puppies for the sake of making profit. Yet what do you do with the unwanted ones, how do you ensure the wellbeing of puppies who were just separated from their mother?
All and all, these considerations made me think I should definitely postpone this all.
Adopting a Pet
One day I have seen a volunteer from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and after giving them a bit of cash, I thought that this could be an option. You will do a lot of good for an abandoned dog and it doesn’t stimulate the business of breeding.
I can vouch for my decision now – after 4 years of companionship I love Lucky with all my heart and he responds 100 fold with his love and affection. I haven’t been lucky to create my own family yet, but this is a start on a journey to be more compassionate and caring.
Let me give you 5 huge reasons to consider adopting yourself:
1. Your willingness to help a living create, alleviate some suffering and add them as your new family member is priceless.
2. Talking about a price, you are lot looking to pay hundreds or thousands for a pup. Instead, as in my case, you will need to part with some cash, but that’s going to cover the cost of the vet, necessary vaccinations and so on.
3. You are going to get a loving creature that will not only be your companion, but will help you to lower down your stress levels. You just need to sit with them, stroke gently and breathe. You can even talk to your dog, they love that.
4. You will be more active – your dog will need walks and on the days you don’t feel like doing anything, you won’t have that luxury. You will need to walk your dog. Try also playing with the ball – you will get extra exercise. Right now, making 10000 steps a day is not a problem, so it will keep you fitter and healthier too.
5. You are not going to be supporting a commoditisation of pets – they are not to be breed as a product and then sold. You are not only saving a life, but becoming a leader that leads by example. If we give a home to abandoned pets, we make it a better world. Think of this bigger picture.