Do you look before you leap? NaBloPoMo

Today’s topic for National Blog Post Month is, Should you look before you leap?

YES! You should always know what you are getting into. I have learned this lesson the hard way.

One major situation that sticks out in my mind, is when we adopted my dog Carmella.

 

 

 

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Growing up I had a variety of pets ranging from a rabbit to a guinea pig. However, I longed for an animal I could tote around and really connect with.

My quest for a dog started one Saturday afternoon when I was watching a show called Dogs 101 on Animal Planet. They feature the pros/cons of different breeds. One featured dog was called the Cavachon (half bichon/half  cavalier King Charles spaniel. The show described them as fluffy, friendly, hypoallergenic, and low-bark.

My Mom and I were immediately hooked! We decided we simply had to have one.  It would be the first dog either of us ever had. And boy were we in for a surprise.

 

Carmella on the day we brought her home.

3 Things I wish I had known about dogs

1. They can get carsick. The whole 6 hour drive was filled with her getting sick and then eating it. WHAT? Why is this cute girl dog being so gross?

2.  Dogs eat EVERYTHING. I expected that if you dropped some of your supper on the floor the dog would eat it. However, I didn’t know they’d eat their bed, their blanket, the couch, and even the toilet seat!!

3. Dogs can have health problems. Carmella has some of the worst tummy troubles our vet has ever seen. She has colitis, acid reflex, food allergies, anda  lack of digestive enzymes. The dog who I vowed never to give a morsel of human food, now to eats hamburger and rice half the time when her tummy is acting up. The rest of the time, she must eat her food ground up in the blender along with a pill. She can manage to swallow 2 or 3 balls of hamburger with her pill in her mouth, and then still spit the pill out. Such a crafty little bugger!

 

While I wouldn’t trade her for anything, I wish I had researched and knew what  was getting myself into.

 

So do you look before you leap? I’d love to know please tell me in a comment!