So, I had been thinking for a while that I had been wanting a small puppy. After discussing it with several people, I decided it was something I really wanted to do. So last Saturday we began the search! I knew that I wanted to adopt one because for one, I couldn't afford to buy one from a breeder, and two, I hate how there are so many animals in shelters...they need loving families and homes!
We started with the Humane Society of Williamson County. All they had were huge dogs, which would be super mean to coop up inside an apartment. So next we headed to the Humane Society of Austin. They had some puppies, but they were labs and would obviously grow to be a very large dog. So, in one last attempt, we headed to Town Lake Animal Center. Walking around, we saw a lot of cute small dogs, but I had my heart set on raising a dog from a puppy. Then we saw them...the three ADORABLE 2 month old puppies!! As soon as we walked up to them, Colten spotted the white one. I loved it! We were called in to the adoption center and we put in our interest on "Courage". The lady gave us a set of keys and a vest so we could go spend some time with him to see how he behaved and whatnot. We went back to the center after that and said that we definitely wanted him!! Turns out that two minutes after we put in our interest, someone else did too. Talk about perfect timing!! So I submitted my application and the lady we were talking to started our paperwork. We got him! He had been neutered the day before and had all of his vaccinations up to date so we could take him home that day!! I was super excited!! We got all of his paperwork and headed over to the next building to pay and pick him up! They brought him out and then we brought him home (after stopping at petsmart to get the essential puppy stuff).
So here we are, five days later and this little guy has stolen my heart! He's so content and playful...and adorable of course. He's only had a few accidents, but the majority of the time, he knows when we put the leash on him and take him out, he goes straight to the grass and goes potty! :). We are currently working on the crate training but that's going to be a long process. He HATES being confined to the bathroom at night and he whines & cries, but he settles down and is always excited to see either me or Colten in the mornings.
We took him to the vet to get a general check-up and the vet concluded that he has pneumonia! Poor guy! He has this dry heave thing going on that breaks my heart, but he's on antibiotics for 2 weeks...hopefully it'll help! But everyone that meets him agrees that he's such a good puppy and he's so adorable! We also decided on "Ace" for his name. I think he likes it! So in all, I love him and I'm so glad I decided to do this! I have a new outlook on dogs now that I never thought I'd have.