Exactly one year ago today, Chris and I adopted our little fur baby, Otis. It’s been quite an eventful year transitioning to a family of three, so I thought I’d post a little recap of everything that’s happened and all the memories we’ve made:
- January: We took Otis on a weekend road trip to Tahoe less than a month after adopting him. It was a fun weekend getaway, but during it, we learned that Otis needed a lot of work with basic obedience training, crate training, and house training.
- February: We finally got Otis’ registration transferred from his previous owner’s name to our names, so then we started getting all the things done that one needs to do when getting a dog. We got him microchipped and updated his puppy shots at the SPCA. We took him to the vet for a general checkup because we suspected there was something wrong with his knee; we learned that there was not only something wrong with his knee, but he also had a rock in his stomach! A week later, Otis had his first surgery to get neutered and get the rock removed from his stomach. Another week later, we put Otis on flea meds. Needless to say, it was a very long and expensive month.
- March: This was another big month for Otis. He started basic obedience training at our local Petco. Chris and I learned how to train a dog, and Otis started learning some basic commands, like down, stay, leave it, take it, etc. We also decided we needed to work on socializing Otis, so we took him to his first pug meetup! The meetup we found has been awesome; it’s basically a bunch of other pug owners in the Sacramento area who come together once a month for pug play dates. This meetup has definitely helped Otis’ socialization skills. Chris and I even joke that Otis met his girlfriend, Belle, and his best friend, Hogan, through this meetup!
- April: Otis graduated from basic obedience training! We were very proud of him and bought him a new bed as a graduation gift. The bad part of this month was taking Otis to an orthopedic surgeon to find out what was wrong with his knee and learning that he had a grade 3 luxating patella which would require a very expensive surgery to fix.
- June: We participated in our first SPCA Doggie Dash. It was a fun event and we plan on making it a family tradition!
- July: Otis got hot spots for the first time. This month we learned a lot about dog skin irritation and grooming.
- August: We took Otis on his first camping trip and learned that he prefers sunbathing over swimming.
- September: Otis scratched his eye with his dew claw a week before he was scheduled to have surgery on his knee. Another less-than-ideal month for our poor boy!
- October: We celebrated Otis’ 2nd birthday with a trip to Pet Smart for some new toys and a play date with his pug friends.
Like I said, it was quite an eventful year! There were a lot of good times, but there were a lot of challenges, too. Otis is my very first pet, so I learned a lot this year about the responsibility of taking care of an animal. There were times when I wanted to pull my hair out over some of the vet bills we had to pay, but if there’s one thing Otis has taught me, it’s how to love unconditionally. That little guy blows me away with how loving he is; anyone who knows him knows that he doesn’t have an aggressive bone in his body and all he wants in life is to love and be loved. (Oh, and food!) Not only is he loving, he is sweet, smart, funny, full of personality, and a total cuddle bug. He is the best dog I’ve ever known and I would do anything for him.
One last change I noticed this year: it’s crazy to think that before Otis, I didn’t care for dogs at all. Chris had to do a lot of convincing to get me to agree to get a dog, and when I finally agreed, I still had rules: Otis wouldn’t be allowed to lick my face or sleep on the bed. A year later, I beg Otis for his kisses daily and he sleeps in our bed every night. (On top of that, I’ve come to love all dogs and the SPCA has become one of my favorite non-profits to support.) Never in a million years would I have predicted that this former anti-pet person could love a dog so much. Our little Otis has truly stolen my heart and changed my life for the better.