How A Pet Becomes Part Of A Family
Having an adorable and spunky Yorkshire Terrier, I am a huge fan of having a dog as a pet. Dogs are lovable and kind and can bring great joy into a home. It was almost eight years ago when our pretty little Yorkie became part of our family. On the day we "adopted" her, our intention was merely to treat the kids to a visit to the pet shop. We had only just begun discussing getting a pet and were still weighing whether or not to get a dog or cat. Of course, the salesperson being very good at his job, convinced us to sit in a room with two tiny Yorkshire Terrier puppies. I immediately knew that one of the pups was not for us because he kept nipping at my then five year old daughter's pant bottoms. However, the other puppy knew exactly how to behave and exactly the way to steal my heart. As I sat cross-legged on the floor, she made her way onto my lap. After she made her self comfortable, she sat up and ever so sweetly looked up at me. That was it; I was hooked in an instant. I could not resist her beautiful little face. Without even a word to my husband, without even a "please mommy" from my son and daughter, I just told the salesperson, "we're taking her." The kids squealed with delight; my husband stood with his mouth wide open. Before he could say a word, I said, "I can't leave her here." She had stolen my heart. So, we went home that day with our new family member, cage, training pads, a bag of food, toys and all the other necessary items for her proper care. The kids were thrilled, constantly looking into the box to see our new little treasure. I started thinking of what to name her, while my husband, still stunned drove us all home.
I understood his concern and I knew I had acted impulsively. Having a pet of any kind is a huge responsibility. I knew we would all have to go through an adjustment period. Our new puppy had to be trained and in a sense, so did we. She was ours, however and even though we went through a few months of dealing with climbing over baby gates, enduring whining and barking during the night and cleaning up the puppies "mistakes", our pretty little Savannah, as we decided to name her was here to stay.