Coming into veterinary school, I was rather disappointed to be one of the few students who did not bring a pet from home. Not knowing how rigorous school would be or how well I would adapt, I was reluctant to jump into the adoption process like so many of my friends have. However, despite all of this, I have had my fair share of animals in my apartment.
When I found out that I would be living with someone who had a dog, I was more than excited. My roommate has a terrier and the only way I could describe her is that she is perfect. Not content with one dog, my roommate decided to get involved in a local foster program that is run in conjunction with the school. Since starting school, my apartment has been home to a number of fuzzy critters, and I don’t think that number will stop growing anytime soon.
While it certainly is sad to see them leave, it is equally as exciting to see who we’ll be getting next. Many of the shelters down here in the south are kill shelters, so for each dog that we end up taking, we are giving another one a shot at survival through these foster programs.
In the last week we have had 2 fosters. The first one was a nice dog but he had severe separation anxiety. Realizing that we did not have enough time to devote to him, we opted to choose another dog. Fortunately, he has moved into a new home with a big fenced-in yard and someone who works from home, an environment much more suitable to his needs. Now we have a small 15-pound Chihuahua mix, and he fits in perfectly. He doesn’t bark, is house trained, and just wants some people and another dog to play with. Because he is such a good puppy, I doubt he will be here with us for long.
As a cat person, I never imagined I would end up living in a household with so many dogs. While I still am resistant to the idea of adopting one of them at the moment, it certainly is nice to have a companion around. Every time we get a new foster, I’m always thinking that this may be the one that makes me cave. Who knows, based on how much this one likes me, he may be the one.