A different post than my last and there will be an ‘unqualified advice’ post 2 coming soon. But I wanted to introduce you all to the best decision I made this year. That decision was adopting my puppy, Elvis (who if you follow me on Instagram you have already seen a lot of).
About a year ago I decided that I wanted to adopt a dog. For myself and for my families dog Angel who is 10 years old and was in need of a friend. There is this great service in Alberta called Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society or AARCS as they are also known as. AARCS has many different animals but they get TONS of puppies, which made it the perfect place for me to look.
(Angel and Elvis on his second day home)
The process is nerve racking as you fill out an application and answer about 15 questions about why you would be a good dog owner. After that they review your application. Within usually an hour of a new puppy being posted it says that there is a pending application for that dog.
(AARCS Logo: http://aarcs.ca)
I remember the Thursday morning I woke up (before my alarm set for class that day) and went on the AARCS site to look if they had any new puppies. I remember seeing Elvis and immediately ran down the stairs to show my mom and fill in my application. While at work a few hours later I checked the site again and underneath Elvis’s name it said application pending. I was crushed that someone beat me to submit an application for him. About half an hour after that I received an email from AARCS letting me know that Elvis was available and they wanted to do a phone interview. 2 days later I had my phone interview and was approved to meet him.
I remember the day clearly, the whole family had to come to meet him (including Angel) and I was so excited. When I walked in that room it was love at first sight, not even kidding, I loved him from the second I saw him bouncing around the foster home he was in.
(He played himself out during our first meeting)
The next day I was approved to get him and picked him up that night. The drive home was heartbreaking and wonderful. He cried the whole time but he would stop if I talked to him.
His name is Elvis and he is a German Shepherd Lab cross (and probably some husky, I say that because all he does is talk to us). He was 12 weeks old when I got him and he is now a little over a year. We just had his birthday on September 17th, he got a trip to the mountains and some ice cream.
(His favourite corner that he can’t fit into anymore)
In later posts I will be writing about getting through his puppy stages and the best tips and tricks I have learned from having him. I will also be posting more about our journey together.
Also if you are considering getting a dog, please look around at local shelters and rescue organizations. There are loads of animals out there that are in foster care and need a good home. And if you are located in Alberta, I highly recommend AARCS, I had a great experience with them and Elvis has changed my life.
So if you like a cute dog check out my social medias where I post pictures of him often! And if you want to keep updated subscribe for emails!
(Our first meeting)
Talk to you soon!