I'm sure all of you know that I have a chocolate Labrador, Sam(or Batdog as we call him on the internet). But not all of you will know how I got him. My parents actually rehomed him from a couple in the lake district who were looking to get rid of him. They were working 12 hour shifts and he was getting left alone in his crate in their garage whilst they were at work. I think they knew themselves that they weren't taking good enough care of him and they had started advertising in pubs and stuff looking for a new home for him. My mum's friend owns a pub in the Lake District and had sent Sam's photo to my mum knowing that we've had Labradors before and my mum just couldn't say no. Two and a half years later, here we are.
Adopting a dog is not easy. But it is an extremely rewarding experience. Now that I have had Sam I don't think I will ever be buying a puppy again. Sam is a pain the arse sometimes. I can't deny that. He pulls on the lead and after getting attacked he dislikes other dogs. And when I say that he pulls on the lead I really mean it. He only weighs 10kg less than I do and is more than capable of dragging me down the street if he wants to. But we love him anyway. When we first got Sam he didn't understand the words 'walkies', 'dinner' or 'biscuits'. In fact, I'm not even sure he knew his own name. But over time he warmed to us and watching him grow and learn how to play was an extremely amazing feeling. I can't really find the words to describe it. Unless you've had a dog I don't think you can really understand the love and joy they bring into your life. After only a few days with Sam I couldn't imagine my life without him.
This isn't a sponsored post or anything but I just wanted to let you know that it's the SSPCA's Scottish Animal Week. The SSPCA is basically the same as the RSPCA which only operates in England and Wales. The charity does amazing work all over Scotland to help protect animals. If you are considering welcoming a new pet into your life then I would seriously consider adopting from them or any other rehoming charity. There are a lot of misconceptions about adopted dogs. I think everyone expects them to be very badly behaved and aggressive. And whilst I'm sure there are some bad eggs in there the majority are just dogs that are down on their luck. Open your home to them and they will show you unwavering love.
I don't think that anyone should rush into getting a dog. They're a lot of responsibility and more work than you think they actually will be. But if you are definite about getting a dog then try to adopt one. You'll make such a difference to its life!
Have you ever adopted an animal?