While the idea of adopting a dog almost always sounds fantastic, the reality is that it takes a lot more work than one would think. Adopting a dog is somewhat comparable to welcoming a newborn into your family.
In a post shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Anna Angenend shared how her daughter went from begging for a puppy, to wanting to return it, to the two of them becoming best friends. It’s a story anyone who has adopted an animal can relate to.
Ever since Mia could talk she wanted a dog.
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When Angenend believed the time was finally right, her family adopted a dog from San Antonio Pets Alive!, a “life-saving organization” in Texas that saves animals listed for euthanasia at a local shelter.
For Mia, it was love at first sight. She fell in love with an adorable puppy named Lucy.
On Father’s Day in 2016 the Angenends adopted a puppy.
But once the family took the puppy home, they realized it wasn’t going to be easy.
“I wish I could say that the first months together were all cuddles and rainbows, but it didn’t go quite that smoothly,” the photographer wrote.
Angenend told POPSUGAR that Lucy enjoyed chewing “EVERYTHING,” which became a problem for Mia when the puppy chewed one of the little girl’s toys.
“Lucy thought puppy pads were there for her to shred, carpet was to pee on, and harnesses were dog treats,” Angenend wrote on Facebook. “There was a learning curve for all of us. I used to laugh it off when people said ‘Having a puppy is just like having a newborn’, but now that I have had both, I am here to tell you that getting up at all hours of the night to take the dog out feels a LOT like having a newborn.”
Having a puppy isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.
At one point Angenend found herself constantly worrying about Lucy, as if she was a baby.
There was even a time that Mia “started asking if we could ‘take her back and get a cat.'” However, the mother insists that it was all worth it.
“I firmly insisted that Lucy was family now, we were her people, and we were going to take care of her forever,” she wrote.
The family went through some difficult times with Lucy.
But in the end, it was nothing they couldn’t handle.
Angenend told POPSUGAR that adopting Lucy changed her—and she doesn’t mind one bit, because the happiness and memories outweigh any possible negatives.
Now the family can’t imagine their lives without Lucy. Although it was tough at the beginning, she has become a member of the family.
“Mia doesn’t have a sibling (yet), so Lucy is her constant playmate, cuddle bug, and her go-to gal pal to get into trouble with,” Angenend told POPSUGAR.