Our First Year Together – Getting A Pet

Our first year together - getting a pet

Uncertainty, doubt, fear… there are many emotions when we adopt a pet for the first time. But the love, company and affection it gives us makes every day fly by, and before we know  it we have spent our first year together…

I questioned whether I should really adopt or not. But when I finally convinced myself to do it and then started looking for the perfect puppy, I had nothing to question anymore. You ran up to me, and I just knew: it was you! But as I write this, I feel that it may be more appropriate to say that it was you who chose me.

But it does not matter anymore, and I think you agree. The important thing is that we have somehow  already spent our first year together. It was not easy to get where we are today, but we have worked together and both pulled our straw to the pile. Today I would not trade you for anything.

The good and bad times

I remember when I first brought you home. You marked your territory all over the house – literally in every corner! I was not sure if I would laugh or cry. I thought our coexistence would be impossible. Maybe I had been alone for too long, and it made me selfish with my things. Now I had to share them with you.

I had no other choice and you gave me no choice. I had to share my home, my bed, my couch and even my food. Even though everything was new to me, I did it with joy.

Learning not to do away with yourself indoors was not easy…  but together we managed it. In the end, the house smelled wonderful! And I know you like it when it’s clean and smells as good as I do.

Walking was not easy either. I spoke to you affectionately, and even though at first it did not seem that you were attentive, you finally understood that you had to go with me, be attentive if I shout and not pull the leash. Patience and love paid off.

And today,  after our first year together,  I see you lying in bed completely relaxed, and I realize that all the effort was worth it.

Dog with toys

It was worth it, because you gave and still give me so much joy. Our first year together was not only challenges –  we also had many great times.

You were so small when I took you home that it was a challenge to drink from the water bowl. Your head could not reach the water when it began to run out, and when you tried to turn the bowl over, you got everything over you. I felt sorry for you, but at the same time it was extremely fun.

When I came home from work and saw you there, sitting at the door and growling because you missed me… it made me feel so good! I always looked forward to finishing the work day so I could go home and meet you. Knowing that you felt the same way made me feel loved, and it still does.

I never sit and watch TV alone anymore, and  I love when you get up and cuddle. I love that you feel sad when I walk because it’s not what you want, and I love when you sleep near me or shake my hand with your head so I can pat you.

Today, after our first year together, I can say that  the best decision of my life was to adopt you,  and even though it was not easy to adapt, it was worth it.

And I have nothing more to say, except that we still have many years to live together, new challenges to tackle and new joy to discover. And you know what? I could not have chosen a better companion to do it with. Thank you for choosing me!

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