3 1/2 years ago our lives changed forever.
I get so many questions about the adoption of our dog Brody that I wanted to do a full post on it. There are so many people out there looking to get an animal as a companion, but so often end up spending a ton of money to purchase from a breeder, when there are so many animals in need of a good home and needing to be adopted.
Pat and I had gotten engaged in December 2014, and we were living on our own for about 2 years at that point. We lived in a really cute luxury high-rise building right outside of NYC which happily allowed pets. I had been on a kick of wanting a dog really badly for a couple of weeks, but prior to that, neither Pat nor I had really ever talked about getting a pet (although we both grew up having dogs as family pets). Slight side-story: Pat grew up with a Bichon Frise named Max, who lived a very long and loved life, which Pat always talked about as a fond childhood memory.
Fast forward back to April 2015. I started scanning the website Petfinder almost daily, looking for a baby Bichon. My thought process was that since Pat had already had that same breed in the past, we’d be able to easily take care of this pup. I looked for probably a month, and continuously found nothing. Then on a random Sunday, I found the cutest little white Bichon Frise, listed as 1 years old. His name? Cupid.
Something about his listing really resinated with me, and the rest is kind of history.
The adoption process actually went pretty quickly. I had immediately submitted an application on that Sunday (plus had called the adoption agency *multiple* times of course), but no dice. Monday I got a call and immediately my dreams were shattered. There were 22 applications already submitted for Cupid (who we were already thinking in our minds was ours). I had no idea how I was going to get to the top of that list but I knew I needed him in our lives. I submitted multiple referrals from family and friends, and spoke to the foster directly. I told her all about our new growing family, and Pat’s past experience with the same breed.
By Wednesday, we had a home-visit setup. Pat and I got home from work that day and anxiously cleaned up our apartment. We were nervous that we wouldn’t be selected since we didn’t live in a house. Cupid’s foster brought him over around dinner time, and we hung out playing and getting to know each other. At the end of the visit, our foster told us that she felt like we were the right choice for Cupid, and that she could leave him with us as early as that night if we wanted! Pat and I were over the moon, but I was definitely nervous. Our apartment was certainly not puppy-proof, we didn’t even have dog food for breakfast!
We made a $400 donation to the adoption agency, Zani’s Fury Friends (located in Manhattan), and within minutes Cupid was officially ours. I always joke around that it was the fastest I’ve ever seen Pat give away money in his life. In reality, it was the best $400 we’ve ever spent. I very vividly remember the night that we got Cupid. He was so much smaller than he is now. Pat and I walked to the local grocery store, and picked up a bag of dog food, and his first toy (which I of course saved).
At the time, I admittedly was super nervous to get a dog, although I was the one who initiated it. It was something I had thought about, but perhaps maybe hadn’t thought all the way through. I definitely didn’t know how my life would change in so many ways after adding a little member to our family. I definitely think adopting Cupid, who eventually became Brody, not only brought Pat and I closer together, but it has helped me in becoming a lot more responsible and accountable than I’ve ever been before. I honestly couldn’t even tell you what life was like before Brody, because it isn’t something I want to remember. Brody has brought so much unconditional love into our lives. We are forever grateful for our fur baby, who will always be our first born.
Q: Brody is so WHITE! How do you keep him so clean?
A: Brody gets groomed professionally every 6 weeks, however we bathe him weekly (typically on Sunday’s) and blow dry him
Q: Unlike a lot of pure breed dogs, Brody has no discoloration around his eyes. Any tricks for this?
A: He did in the beginning, but I’ve heard from a lot of people it has to do with diet. Brody eats only Origin food and treats, and never is allowed table food
Q: Are you and your husband planning on having children? If yes, are you worried about Brody and a new baby?
A: Yes we are (however no ETA on this just yet)! We know Bichon’s are good family dogs which is why we felt comfortable getting one in the first place. Brody is very attached to my husband Pat, so I anticipate that attention will not change once we do have children
Q: Brody has perfect teeth! What do you do to keep them that way?
A: We brush his teeth 2-3 times a week with a pet safe tooth brush and tooth paste
If you’re interested in adopting and have more questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org