Well, since Saturday, it’s been a busy week for us. If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve probably noticed the birthday celebrations of the hubs and the new addition to our family: Piper. Piper is a 4-month old Dutch Shepard that we adopted from Two by Two Rescue.
Her story: Piper (formerly known as Marilyn) was found near a creek in a neighborhood on June 8, 2014. According to her foster mom, more than likely, Piper was just dropped off in the neighborhood. When found, Piper had to have 100+ ticks removed from her body 🙁 She also developed a skin infection, due to the ticks, and was put on antibiotics. She has since recovered and is a healthy pup. On July 12, 2014, she was adopted by us!
Jacob and I knew we wanted to adopt a dog from a rescue service in our area. We both have a special place in our heart for those dogs. C’mon who could abandon this face…
Piper has been adjusting and settling into her new home with us. We are very fortunate her foster mom had already crate trained Piper. Also, she is pretty much housebroken! She’s a lil’ shy/nervous right now toward other people, but we are going to work on that and other things with proper training. Actually, today is Piper’s first day at Creative Dog Training.
We are beyond excited to add her to our family. And yes, our Instagram will feature her A LOT.
Lastly, my advice is to do your research before you adopt and make sure you are financially and emotionally prepared to bring a new pet into the home. For example, you will want to find out how well the dog will play with other animals or even children, if the dog you are adopting has medical issues, can that dog adjust to a working schedule, etc. Piper’s foster mom was great about giving that information to us about her. Jacob and I have had dogs in the past, so we understood our obligation to Piper and the responsibility needed to raise her properly–puppy proof the home, upfront costs, providing a stable environment, enrolling her in obedience courses, etc. Jacob and I took our time to find the right dog for us (actually, I think Piper chose us). Believe us, it does become a lifestyle change. However, the decision to adopt is so worth it!
If you’re interested in adopting a dog and you live around, near, or in Birmingham, I highly recommend Two by Two Rescue. I have also heard wonderful things about the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
Update 1/7/2017: You can read more about Piper’s story and her progress since this blog post here.
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