After I graduated college, all I wanted to do is adopt a dog. I put it off for a while because I wasn’t living somewhere that would allow it and was still trying to save money, but I would always encourage my friends who were in a better spot than me to get a dog.
Two years ago, we moved into a pet-friendly apartment and adopted our doggo Kaya. I learned a lot and stopped encouraging people to get a dog on a whim, because it is hard work. Especially if you live in an apartment like me and need to walk your dog at least three times a day.
It also comes with a price. It would be nice to get a dog and then just live happily ever after, but we had health problems with Kaya and I would expect most shelter dogs to have a health problem or two along the way. Unfortunately, Kaya was diagnosed with heart worm about a year after we got her. If you’ve ever dealt with heart worm, you’ll know it’s a long and expensive process. Kaya wasn’t allowed to be physically active for almost 6 months, which is pretty devastating to a dog.
Luckily, she is all better now! And two years out, I would never say I regret adopting a dog. I’d go in debt for her, she is basically like my child. I know parents hate when people compare their fur-babies to real babies, but when all you have is a pet the love is pretty strong.
Kaya gets us outside more, is something for us to always bond over, and just brings so much joy to our life. Her Gotcha Day is April 12 and we’ll celebrate the way we did last year with a pup cup from Dairy Queen and lots of attention for the birthday girl.