A month ago I fostered then adopted a 4yo poodle. No this is not a post to glorify my sainthood because I already know I'm awesome, but to discuss the reality behind what it means to welcome an abandoned animal into your life. .
We think she came from a puppy mill, so at 4yo and accustomed to pooping where she eats all her life, potty training remains mission impossible. The number of times I've scrubbed down my apartment in the past month surpasses that of my lifetime. .
She's never seen daylight before, so it won't be awhile until she gets used to the idea of walks and the notion of "outside". We went on our second walk this past Wednesday; she's afraid of downhill slopes, how ever minute the angle. Never mind stairs. .
She's terrified of all sounds, as in she jumped at every crunch when she was sitting on my lap while I was eating corn chips. .
Luckily her health is reasonable given her history, but she needs to take eye drops forever. Some friends who've also adopted are even less lucky. .
To this day, she still is reluctant to eat when I'm in the same room. .
She doesn't know what "play" is despite the number of toys she has. The first night the plush ball (in the photo) was introduced, she slept as far away from it on her bed, which by the way, took around three nights for her to jump on by herself. .
This is already disregarding the very frustrating process of adopting her through a charity called Animal Friends, whose volunteers seem to think we should cater to their schedules and have all the time in the world. .
This is not a complaint because I have got used to having Olive as a part of my life, but it has definitely been a very trying journey. I'm not for puppy mills and pet shops but this is the reality behind the glorified hashtag of #adoptdontshop.
Thanks to all the friends who have been so patiently willing to turn what would have been an evening out to eating out of take out boxes in my shoebox apartment so I can spend more time with her. And of course to the generous souls who've donated beds and toys / have offered pet-training advice/ and who will come dog sit when I'm away.