Anyone who doesn’t believe in love at first sight has never picked out a dog.
Ok, so I REALLY don’t believe in love at first sight, but from the moment I saw our corgi in a photo from the breeder we had picked out, I couldn’t wait for him to be a part of our family.
Before you say, “Adopt, don’t shop!”… you should know that we did try to adopt! Animal adoption is near and dear to my heart, and before we found Bowie, all of my dogs had been adopted from my local humane society. So when my then-fiance and I decided we were ready for dog parenthood, we headed to our local shelter.
We picked out a dog that we were told was low key and around four years old. But as soon as we got him home and realized that his energy was unmatched, we knew he was probably younger than the shelter had been told. Of course, energy was an issue we could work with… but biting to draw blood was, which he did to each of us several times. When he jumped, he could overpower me and bite, which made me scared to be alone with him.
The adoption didn’t work out, and we were devastated. I felt like I had let the dog down and that we had been cruel, but I couldn’t handle being bitten daily. As much as we wanted a dog, we were traumatized from the experience and decided that we would wait a while. During that time, we discussed what kind of dog may be right for our situation – apartment living with no yard.
I started looking more into breeds than specific dogs. I’d always thought corgis were the sweetest looking dogs, and then I found out that they were supposed to have an equally sweet disposition. We decided that we really wanted to work with a dog to stop bad habits like biting before they started, so we decided to adopt a puppy.
I did my research and found a reputable breeder in Delaware, about a five-hour drive for us. Our pup was born February 13, 2016 (yes, next week is his birthday!) and we picked him up on April 25th.
Getting Bowie is one of the best things my husband and I have ever done. It hasn’t been easy every step of the way! Puppies come with their own challenges, like potty and crate training. Just a month after we brought him home, Bowie was diagnosed with Giardia, and two months after that he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It was a terrifying experience, but we have a wonderful vet who took great care of him.
Now at 1, Bowie is potty trained, puts himself to bed in his crate every night at 10 p.m., is socialized with big and small dogs alike, and doesn’t bite. He is a daily source of happiness for us, and we frequently say that we can’t remember what life was like before him.
If you think that finding a dog through a breeder is the right choice for you, I want to share a neat resource called Puppy Spot. I did a lot of research to find Bowie, and I had an idea of what I was looking for. But if that isn’t the case, Puppy Spot helps to match you with the right puppy for your home – ensuring that you are also a good fit for the puppy.
The service offers a no-puppy-mill promise and has a strict screening process for breeders – less than 15% who start the process to become a Puppy Spot breeder make the cut.
To make the process even easier, Puppy Spot sent me this handy chart to help you choose the dog breed that is right for you!
Getting a dog is a huge responsibility and should be treated as one. My biggest tip to you, whether you’re headed to the shelter or online to find the right breeder, is to do your research. Get to know what your dog will be like, and what it needs, so that you will be able to make the best decision for you and your new best friend.