Adding A Rescue Dog To Our Family
Our family has grown by four paws! We are so excited to introduce Lidi, a 5-year-old Goldendoodle rescue into our family!
For the past four years, Branden and I have been dreaming of adding a pup to our family. Branden even bought me doggie bags early in our relationship as a promise that we would soon have a pup. Those doggie bags moved with us to our very first apartment and then to our current apartment. They were constantly shoved under the bed or in the back of closets and we patiently waited to use them.
For many reasons, we held off on getting a pup. We wanted to pay down debt, we wanted to be home more, we wanted our pup to have a yard, etc. We also needed a pup that was hypoallergenic due to Branden’s allergies.
But for some reason, in late December, everything aligned.
A few weeks before Christmas, I jokingly told Branden that he would have a pup under the Christmas tree. The very next day I received a message from someone who was looking to rehome a dog.
Not only was the dog a Goldendoodle, but she was also potty-trained and out of the puppy phase. We had always dreamed of being able to adopt a dog, but never knew if that would be a reality with Branden’s allergies.
A Puppy For Christmas
Somehow I managed to keep this all a secret from Branden and surprised him that weekend with our very first pup. My family was incredible in helping me pull off this surprise!
Lidi was previously used as a breeding dog, so she has limited social skills. She is also having to learn how to play with toys, walk on a leash and travel in the car.
It has been a bit of a transition adding a rescue dog to our family. But it is 100 percent worth it!
To help Lidi, we will be working with a local dog trainer, Focused Dog Training. We plan to help her learn social skills, basic commands and how to communicate with us.
According to The American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year.
That is a staggering statistic.
We feel very blessed that we were able to prevent Lidi from entering a shelter! We will keep you updated on her progress as we train her and help her live her best life!
Are you a dog parent? Have you ever considered adopting a rescue dog? Comment below!