I have been talking about getting a dog for over a year now. I mean taking seriously about it.
On Wednesday I spent the day at the SPCA taking photographs of the animals there and I fell in love.
Her name was Shelby and she is an American Bulldog X pup. This photograph was pretty much the moment when I decided that she was coming home with me.
I put in an application for adoption even though another family had spent some time with her and had also put in an application.
Although I was her backup adopter, there was just something in the back of my mind that told me that she would be mine.
I thought about it a lot over the 2 days I waited to hear from the SPCA.
So many people like to give you their opinion on how hard it is going to be, places I couldn’t go with her, what the cat would think … it got a little bit depressing for a bit but I started to ignore it and think about how I’d deal with the situations.
Yes, there’s a fat cat at home but if I introduce them slowly whilst training her and ensuring that he has unhindered access to his door, his food and my room then I think it will go okay. She’s going to go lots of places with me – she already has a car harness and she will be (WILL BE) a calm and well trained dog. See how far I had gone down the ‘she will be mine’ rabbit hole?!
On Friday Sarah from the SPCA rang me to say that the other family decided against the adoption and if I was still keen then she could make my home her home.
On Sunday we all drove up to Auckland so that Ken and the kids could meet Shelby, who is now called Nixie.
The meeting went really well. Nixie was confident and playful with everyone; she’s going to need to start training immediately though!
I think Mika and Dell really liked her too. Mika was my co-drive on the ride up and I could tell how excited she was.
So Nixie is coming home on Wednesday!