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Re: Ready to Adopt a Dog - Petfinder Addiction, Questions

thanks! good to hear your experiences, very different opinions from both above posts, though! I guess it's different with everyone. I usually do "go with my gut," but lately I'm tending to doubt my intuition because I've developed a tendency to be really indecisive and kind of afraid to commit, in general, wondering if a better option is right around the corner. Don't know where that came from. My husband says indecisiveness is gallbladder imbalance/stagnation in Traditional Chinese Medicine! interesting. I know I do still have gallbladder issues....

My recollection is I had some moments of regret with my first dog in the beginning, she was the only one I looked at, but I think deciding to get her was more impulse than anything. The first few days I got no sleep and was exhausted from having to watch her every second while trying to start house training her, and at first I wondered what I'd gotten myself into and wanted to take her back, but it was my mom who convinced me I just had the new baby blues and needed to push through it. She was right. Anja (my yorkie), was not the affection-loving dog I was expecting- she was very independent, willful, only obeyed commands when she felt like it or knew there was something in it for her (LOL! and even then not always if she had something else going that was more interesting), and she could be a little stand-offish if she didn't want to be kissed and petted, though she would allow it if she was sleepy, so at least I had that! She also got very skittish and fearful as she got older, being a small dog around big feet, and gradually lost her sight (though I did finally get her cataract surgery at 14 - later than I should have), so it was stressful for both of us, but in spite of her less than desirable traits, I loved her and suspect I'd love another dog the same way. I think a nice, non-aggressive, smart dog that was trainable would probably be a great companion that I would warm up to over time if it wasn't there from the get-go, but I still am wishing for a little more "instant chemistry" to take away any doubts.

The suspense is killing me on one in particular that I still haven't heard back on, it's been 4 days through the holiday weekend, so of course I'm pulling my hair out because now we will be gone a week and I'm sure she'll be gone. I wonder if I could put a non-refundable deposit on her, though... that's worth considering.

Thanks again for the thoughts!

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