For those of you who don’t know I moved into my first house back in October 2017 and I have dreamed of getting a dog. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to own a dog, and have a lifelong loyal friend! I was never able to have a dog at home when I was living with my mum as she is allergic to their fur and would come out in rashes so I always had fish or rabbits.
Fast forward to March 2018 – I had found the most amazing Rescue Animal Sanctuary that had many recommendations. I went to visit with my boyfriend during the weekend, paid £1 to get in as a donation and I saw the CUTEST dog ever. A 1 year old Romanian Crossbreed named Bentley, and something just clicked and immediately I knew that he was the dog for me. He jumped up at the glass and had the saddest little face, he had only got in from Romania that day so we were unable to meet him and the volunteers didn’t know much about him.
All week I kept saying to my boyfriend how much I wanted him and on the following Saturday I went back to the Rescue centre with Eleanor and adopted him. We learnt more about how Bentley was a stray dog in Romania and at the moment they are rounding the dogs up in local pounds and putting them down, so I’m grateful for those who managed to bring him to our local centre in England. He’s now home with me so I thought I’d write a few tips/questions to ask yourself for those of you who are thinking about getting a rescue dog:
- Where is the dog going to be spending the majority of their time? The stress of the travel could mean that they do make a mess when they first get to the house so perhaps put them somewhere that is easy to clean. We put Bentley in the kitchen for the first night.
- Dog-proof your home beforehand, I have put baby locks on all of my kitchen cupboards just to make sure Bentley is unable to get into anything that may hurt/harm him as well as making sure the oven is completely switched off whilst we’re out of the house
- Organise your schedule, for the first couple of days it’s probably best that someone will always be home to make sure your new dog is comfortable and adapting to their new home
- Make sure the dogs area is set up before they arrive, water, food, blanket, toys etc
- Remember to find out what the dog has been fed before you leave the rescue centre, most centres will provide you with a few days worth of food to keep you going (don’t change the type of food straight away as this can cause an upset stomach).
- It’s important that the dog has time alone as well as family time, start small and then build this up as you go.
- Allow a few days of bonding with your dog before bringing in every family member, friend, colleague and neighbour.
- If your dog isn’t used to a crate and you’d like to introduce one then this needs to be done slowly and carefully, too much and you can cause unnecessary stress.
- It can take a few weeks for your dogs personality to start coming through, be patient and let them learn to trust you.
All in all I’m so excited Bentley is now living with us and I would always recommend any one to get a Rescue Dog! I thought I’d share a picture of Bentley here. Share some pictures of your dogs in the comments!