Friday, 10 March 2017

LIFE: Adopting a doggy from Battersea





Now that I've bombarded you with pictures of the love of my life I should probably tell you a bit about her! This beautiful girl is called Roxy, she is 2 and a half and is a Jack Russell cross. We don't have a clue what she is crossed with so if you have any ideas let me know!

We were looking at a few of the dog adoption websites and happened to see a dog we were interested in at Battersea Old Windsor so registered there first. Roxy is not that dog, the dog we first saw was called Brody and he had a back problem bless him that would of cost over 10,000 in surgery and we just didn't have the funds to commit to that. After waiting a few weeks I called up to see if there were any dogs that matched us and there was, Roxy, but she was currently being offered to someone else on another line. The Gods must of been looking down on us because whoever that was didn't want her so we were offered her! We went to meet her that day and 4 days later she came home with us! It would of been sooner but the poor mite was booked in for her spay, which Battersea 'make' every dog that comes to them have and I happen to agree with that but the to spay/not to spay debate is not for this post!!

Preparation wise my family had a chat about what kind of dog we wanted, each persons level of commitment, who will be the main 'boss' and what will happen in regards to training and the dogs routine. This was an incredibly important step because the dog is primarily mine and then my mums responsibility so we needed to work out what everyone else was happy doing and how involved they wanted to be. It is also important because everyone needs to use the same commands other wise the poor doggy would get very confused! We read all the advice we could find online and quizzed other family members whom had had dogs before. We looked into whether we would have a home visit and it does say on the Battersea website that they do but we didn't have a home visit, I don't know if that is because they googled whether we had a garden or from chatting to us felt they didn't need to do one who knows but thinking you are going to have a home visit definitely helps you prepare better as I researched everything they may be looking for and how to fully dog proof your home ect so it is beneficial.

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, my experience with Battersea is as follows. We went to Battersea Old Windsor and registered our interested in adopting. We then whilst there had a chat with one of the team about our circumstances, what kind of dog we were looking for, how much time if any the dog would potentially be left, what our garden was like, who lived at the house, any regular visitors, any children visitors, whether you agree with spaying/neutering, if we'd had dogs before and questions a long those lines. This was so they would be able to find a dog that was a suitable match for us and us for the dog. As Brody was too much of a financial responsibility for us we were advised to keep looking on the website but our best bet would be to keep ringing the dogs home as they more often than not have dogs come in and they go so fast they don't even make it to the website which is what happened with Roxy! They don't even mind if you ring every day so don't feel like you are causing annoyance.

When I had rung up and Roxy was matched with us we went to meet her later that day. Everyone that lives at home has to meet the dog to make sure everyone gets on which luckily for us she did! She was nervous so don't be worried that doesn't reflect badly on you. I mean I'd be nervous if i was given up and then had a load of strangers come and see me! When she walked in I couldn't believe it because she is beautiful. All we knew was that she was a small Jack Russell cross so that only narrows it down a bit haha. We had said we were interested in Jack Russell's, hence being matched to one. So we all met her on the Saturday and then my dad, mum and I went back on Sunday to hopefully make her less nervous and more used to us when we went back again to take her home. She had her spay on the Monday and we picked her up Wednesday morning. I'd already coincidently had some time booked off work which really helped settle her in and I really recommend doing if you are able to. Battersea called us the next day to check how the first day had gone and then called us again I'd say two months later. The first day with her couldn't of gone any better so I'm guessing that is why they didn't ring again for some time.

Roxy is pretty well behaved in general but her Jack Russell traits do shine through haha. She has completed our family and we couldn't imagine life without her. She came home 23/11/16 so we've only had her three and a half months. We are continuing to learn everyday but the change in her from when she first came to us is incredible, she has come out of her shell and has a cracking personality and fits in with us so well! It is an incredible feeling to come home and have someone so excited to see you! She is my little shadow and I wouldn't change her for the world! We have taken her on a training course and are continuing some of what we learn't at home, I didn't agree with everything on the course and the next thing I'm trying to teach her is paw now she's mostly got the hang of the basics even if she does forget she's a lady when she gets excited haha!

What pets do you guys have? - Amy x

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