Come one, come all!
It’s time to learn about the single most important thing to me in the entire city of Cleveland… my 8 month old puppy, Argos!
Like any dog mom, I look for plenty of excuses to talk about my dog. Better yet, I look for any excuse to show off my dog! He’s a handsome little devil.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Guess what. I think it takes one to raise a puppy, too!
We might as well start from the beginning, so grab a bag of popcorn and settle in. This could take a while.
I had been considering adopting a dog for a while. I’ve always had a dog in my house, and I felt incomplete without one here in Cleveland. Matt sometimes brings his yellow lab, Sophie, to the office and I would be instantly happy. But then guess what? I felt instantly sad that I didn’t have a beautiful pup of my own waiting for me at home. Tiffanie suggested it over and over again, and I dwelled on the idea for a long time. I decided that once I had a big enough yard, I would make my move and start looking at shelters.
When the time came, I looked ALL over the Greater Cleveland area. The Cleveland APL, the SPCA, Cleveland’s City Kennel, the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, several rescue and foster programs.Near, far, wherever he was… I was dedicated to finding the dog for me.
Here’s what I was looking for: a dog that was about 1-2 years old, knew some commands, black, didn’t shed much, female.
Here’s what I brought home: 10 week old puppy, knew NOTHING, white, sheds like a maniac, male.
How’d I do?
Really, I don’t think that I picked him. I think that he picked me. I saw his litter, and couldn’t resist those sweet faces. I could have taken the fat, lazy puppy and saved my sanity but what did I do? I took the crazy, energetic puppy. (Karma, maybe?)
At that moment, my whole life flipped upside down. I had to adjust my lifestyle to accommodate this puppy… it was like I turned into a mom overnight! (If this is a trial of mom-hood, please don’t sign me up for the real thing.)
Housebreaking, teething, shots, training, destruction, frustration. We’ve been there.
Cuddling, playing, laughing, clumsiness, love. We’ve been there too.
There was actual blood, sweat and tears put in raising this little guy. Fast forward a few months, and my house has never felt so complete or full of love.
A few thank you’s that are long overdue:
To the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter – thank you for caring for his mom, his brothers & sisters, and especially for him. I would recommend you to anyone looking to adopt a well-cared for, respected and loved animal.
To my friends and family – I couldn’t have done it without your help! Whether you stopped in to let the little man out for me, brought me some wine, or FaceTimed when he was driving me bananas… you’re all the bomb!
To the staff at The Dog Stop Plus and The Mutt Hutt – thank you for tuckering Argos out for me at daycare, and allowing me to live a normal life again. You treat him with love, and care for him like he was your own!
To Dave Sacks and D.A.S. Dog Training – you helped me turn my crazy little monster into a (mostly), well-behaved dog. We still have some work to do, but am so grateful to you.
No matter if you are a dog person, cat person, or bird person… a pet will complete your home in a way that you didn’t even really know was missing. If you are considering a puppy, please reach out to me for some tips that have helped me along the way. I’m happy to share my wisdom!