The day that we adopted Flynn was one of the happiest and most stressful days of my life. Growing up, my family always had a lot of animals. When I moved to college, I missed my dogs and couldn’t wait to see their happy dances when I would come back home. After moving to Connecticut, I knew that I wanted to adopt a dog of my own. The problem was that none of the apartments I had been renting allowed pets. As soon as we moved to the apartments we live in now, I knew that was going to change.
The Dog Adoption Event
I had been looking at all of the dog adoption websites, looking for the right fit for Jordan and me. We wanted a dog that would be able to go hiking with us but would also like to relax in the apartment. A dog that would cuddle, but also play fetch. I convinced Jordan to go to a couple of dog adoption events at the nearby Pet Smart, and of course I fell in love with a new dog each time. However, there was one time that was different.
We had been running errands after work and I somehow knew that there was still half an hour left at a dog adoption event taking place just around the corner. We start walking towards the building and we see a dog that is sitting quietly on a volunteers lap.
He instantly stole our hearts. He was calm, loving, and adorable. They were packing up for the night and we had some things to think over so we went home and kept talking about him.
Jordan was leaving for a trip the following morning, but we couldn’t stop thinking about this pup. The adoption event was taking place the next day as well so if we decided this was the dog for us, I could go and adopt him while Jordan was away. As I was walking Jordan to his car in the morning I asked, “Do you think it would be okay if we got him?” “I think it would be okay if we got him”. I decided I would just go and see him again.
As soon as I arrived at the event, there was already someone who had him out. I asked the volunteer if they were planning on adopting him and she said she would go and ask. I hung around a little while, kind of feeling like a creep but only wanting to see the dog that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Finally, I was able to play with the little guy, and although he seemed shy, he was also perfect.
That was it. As soon as I started filling out the papers, I knew my life was changing. I went and picked out a couple of toys, some food, a leash, collar, and harness, and took my new best friend home.
Getting Him Home
As soon as we got home, he jumped onto our bed and started napping. It had been a big day for him! I kept texting and calling Jordan, trying to figure out the right name for him. Then it clicked. Flynn.
Flynn and I had a very busy weekend and I barely got any sleep. I was up, trying to make sure he didn’t make any messes in the house. Taking him for long walks to make sure he got enough exercise. Teaching him how to walk up and down stairs (he was afraid of them at first). Making sure he didn’t eat anything he was supposed to and doggy-proofing the house. Flynn was a lot of work but also the sweetest dog. He loved being outside, would want to nap as soon as we came inside, and you could tell he just wanted to make you happy.
That little guy is now 80 lbs and the best friend that I could ask for. He is such a smart, sweet puppy and I’m glad that we took the leap and adopted him.
Until next post,