(Closed) how did you know that your pet was “the one”

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Darling Husband actually knew our first dog was his dog as soon as she jumped on his lap.  The family that had her would just open the door and let her run all over the neighborhood, it was only a matter of time before she was going to end up killed by a car.  She was so skidish that she would never go to anyone, but jumped right on his lap.  Turned out the family, obviously, didn’t want her and was giving her away.  He brought her right home.  She is the sweetest little thing.  She is our lover dog out of the two.  It just breaks my heart knowing what would have been her fate had Darling Husband not just known that she was meant for us.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@aprose: So sweet of you to take hime in.  Just make sure to check with your local animal control agency and make sure there has been no reports at that address and that you take him to your vet before making the deal final.  Post pics as soon as you can, can’t wait to see him.  I am a huge fans of labs, they are great dogs. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our first dog, Broderick – I knew he was a dog for us as soon as I saw him. Darling Husband said he knew because I looked at him/talked to him differently than any other puppy we had looked at. It was a spur of the moment purchase because I fell so in love with the pup and his little bulldog belly. Plus, our pup just looked so silly that he was cute.

With Remington, it was his personality that won us over. Darling Husband always wanted a Corgi and we picked out the puppy who had a personality that would match with Brody.

Broderick:

Remi:

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Oh this is an adorable thread!

When i was getting my first dog (I was 10!) we went to the family home of the breeder. There, they had the whole litter of puppies, and I just so happened to pick up the only girl in the bunch. Not only was Sheba the only girl, but she was the runt, and fell right asleep in my arms as soon as I picked her up. When we were trying to decide which one we wanted, I couldn’t bare to put her down, so we ended up taking her home, and have been in love with her ever since!

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our dog was supposed to be a foster dog, (our second-ever foster).  Actually, he wasn’t even supposed to be our foster…our previous foster had been adopted, so I was checking out the other dogs needing foster homes on the group website, and found a gorgeous female lab who played tug-of-war.  I’ve always wanted a dog to play tug with, so I asked about her.  They said she already had a foster lined up, but sent me a (very bad) photo of another dog needing a foster home.  We picked him up that weekend.

He had very obviously been absued.  He was a bit thin, but no real physical evidence of abuse.  But he would NOT go up the stairs, (my husband had to carry him up the stairs the first couple days, and we’re talking a 70 pound dog, here).  He was afraid of men, the taller the more he was afraid.  Not terrified to the point of trembling in the corner, but definite avoidance and discomfort.  If you made any sudden movements with your hand, or had something in your hand, he would tuck his tail and crouch submissively as if expecting to be hit.  And he has the saddest. brown. eyes.  Like, in the movie Blindside, the kid who plays Michael has this great talent for expressing sadness in his eyes…my husband says the kid must have taken lessons from our dog.

Despite this, he soooo badly wanted love and attention and affection….(wow…tearing up writing this; what a baby!  LOL!).  His second day with us, I looked into those sad eyes as I was petting him, me sitting on the couch and sitting him on the floor in front of me, leaning into my strokes, and told him, “I don’t think I can give you up.”  My then-fiance-now-husband wasn’t sold so easily.  He is a cat person, through and through.  But Buddy won him over, too.  The first time he said, “My dog,” (as in HIS dog), I got teary, (see, told you I was a baby!).  Oh, he’s still a cat person, but he loves Buddy, who, by the way, loves EVERYBODY.  Tall men included.  DH has a couple friends who are over 6’3″ (DH is 6’1″), and despite his former fear of tall men, even when these guys come over, Buddy wants to be their best friend.  He no longer cringes when you carry something in your hands, he RACES up and down the stairs, he is tolerant of children mobbing him…just an awesome, awesome dog, and I am so glad we adopted him.  He STILL will NOT play tug, though!  Ha!    

Is it weird that I knew my dog was “the one” in less time than it took me to decide the same about my husband? Wink

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Darling Husband and I had gone to the shelter to look at dogs. We had no intentions of getting one at the time but wanted to browse. I happened to walk by a cage and hear a little whimper. I looked inside and there was a small chihuahua. Now, I do not find chihuahuas cute in any way, just my personal preference but there was something about this dog. I bent down and he came over and licked me through the cage. I looked into his eyes and I just knew, this is my dog. I went inside and told them I wanted him and they were relieved because he was to be put to sleep the next day due to overcrowding. He was only 2 months old. If that isn’t fate, I don’t know what is. I love him more than anything and am so happy I saved his life. Here is a picture of him that we actually got taken today during our family photo shoot. He is two years old now. This is Marley

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our kittens chose us for sure! Some friends had a cat living on their porch that had a litter, and we really wanted a kitten. We went over to see them, and the two little orange guys came over and sat on both of us. We had only wanted one, but how could we choose?! So we got both and now we live in giant orange cat hell…but we love them 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

With my first dog, my parents took me to meet up with a guy who had two sisters dog. We literally met up on the side of the highway and he let the little puppies out of their crate. My dog, Abby, was the more playful and affectionate one so I chose her.

 

With my second dog, my girlfriend and I went to his foster home where he and his eight littermates (and tons of other litters of puppies) were running around. I was sort of overwhelmed, just walking around petting dogs, but I turned around and my girlfriend was just beaming up at me with our now puppy in her lap. He wasn’t the one we had come to look at, but I asked her, “You’re going to be crushed if we leave without him, aren’t you?” And she said yes, so we took him home.

And lastly, with our kitten, we knew we were looking for one very playful and bold, so he’d get along with our dogs. We pulled a couple kittens into the shelter’s play area, and our kitty was exploring, climbing all over us, and purring, so we knew he was perfect.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My first dog I bought with my ex (and, unfortunately, when we broke up we agreed it was best if he kept her because he did so well with her sitting on his lazy *** all day while I worked three jobs to support him). ANYWAYS, we spent 6 months looking for a dog and when we found her I knew I had to have her. She was one years old, bubbled with personality and energy, and had lived with three families (who all got rid of her because she was part greyhound and had energy to spare). She didn’t know her name, didn’t know any command except “sit” and had been at the shelter for quite a while. It was the day after adoptions were closed for the Christmas season, but the shelter was great enough to forge some dates in the paperwork so we could take her home. I loved her so much!

My second dog I got after my ex and I broke up and I realized how much I missed having a dog with me. I got Jemma as a puppy and claimed her from a litter right after she was born. At the time her name was “Girl 1”. She was a mutt through and through (which is what I wanted) and was a larger dog (she is the runt, now 4 at 60lbs while her bros and sis’s are all upwards of 90lbs). I love her to pieces, but there was something missing seeing that puppy/adult dog and just KNOWING they were meant to be with you.

I think this is why I tell everyone how much I support adopting a shelter dog and my SO knows that when my dog passes I want to get a shelter dog again. I am glad I rescued Jemmy as an unwanted mutt, but I HATED the first few months of puppyhood and there are some things about her I likely wouldn’t have wanted in an adult dog (just needy because they removed her too early from the litter refusing to keep her to 8 or 10 weeks, terrified of cars because I had to leave her for two months at one point for school and they took her in a car, and very timid after a truck backfired when we went for a walk at 6 months old). On the other hand she is fiercly protective and loves me to pieces.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My Fiance and I had been looking at dogs for a couple of years but never really found one we had to have. One day we went in as usual and I saw her. The most beautiful happy puppy I’ve ever seen. We left without taking her to make sure our landlord would be ok with it. He said yes so I called the place and told them we were coming to get her but they sadly told me another couple just bought her. 🙁

We were heartbroken… I mean this was MY dog! The next day I got a call from the couple who said they thought it was a mistake to get her and wanted to know if I was still interested. Of course I said yes and they brought my dog to me… Needless to say, yes I felt she was meant to be mine from the beginning. We love her to pieces and she completes our family.

Here is our sweet girl Maggie with her blankie. She is a Springer Spaniel.

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