Adopting Coco Pop

Well I didn't intend to take a 2+ month hiatus from blogging. In fact, it was a New Year's goal to blog more! But if you follow me on social media, then you already know that I made a rather significant life change in mid-January when I adopted this little one from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley:

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go_cocofruit

Some people were shocked that I, a never-owned-a-pet-before person decided to adopt a dog.

I have actually wanted a dog for years and came thisclose to buying this puppy last October:

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go_buster

But the timing wasn't right and it didn't feel right to be buying a dog from a breeder (although she was a good breeder).

I shelved the idea of getting a dog but about a month or so later I met my property manager's dogs and loved them. He told me he got them from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and from then on I started visiting their web site daily casually perusing available dogs.

A few weeks later my cousin Lauren adopted Oliver, a 4-yr old Kelpie in Oregon.

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go_oliver

At Christmas we had Chip, Oliver, and another aunt's two pugs. Being around all those doggies refueled my desire to adopt one for myself.

I researched other rescue organizations but really liked what HSSV does for dogs.

Coco Pop

I intended to get a dog that was at least a year or two old - that was my initial goal.

Then, on the first Saturday afternoon of the New Year I pulled up HSSV's web site and low and behold this puppy appeared:

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pup2

I was immediately smitten. The look in her eyes and the expression on her face just drew me in.

I called them and they were surprised that she was on the web site. She was mistakenly posted prematurely and wasn't yet ready for adoption. They removed her from the web site, but now that I knew she was there, I called them constantly to ask about her.

A week later I dragged my friend Belina with me down to HSSV to see her in person. As soon as I saw her I wanted her even more.

They didn't offer pre-adoption, but Belina pressured them and they finally had me meet with an adoption counselor, go through the interview process, and then they listed me as first on a "pre-notification" list to call when she finally was ready for adoption.

Four days later, on Wed, Jan 15th, I got the call that she was finally ready. And I was told that she had a long list of people who wanted her so if I wanted her I had to come right then; I had just a few hours window to get her.

I literally dropped everything, canceled the rest of my meetings for the day and went and got her. I had nothing and my house was not puppy-proofed but they had a store at the humane society where I could pick up the basic necessities.

Not gonna lie - the first two weeks with her were hell. She was only 10 weeks old, and I had never owned a pet, let alone a puppy before. I had no idea what I was doing.

We dealt with house training, separation anxiety, pre-vaccinated confinement and all the other typical things puppies go through. I had a trainer come over to work with the both of us, which was a HUGE help. I don't think I would have made it without those three hours she spent with us - they made all the difference.

Since then Coco's completed her first Puppy Manners course, received her all her vaccinations and has more or less gotten the hang of house training.

We are now in a weekly Obedience class, go on 3-4 walks a day and I've been able to leave her home for up to three hours so far. She goes to doggie day care and sometimes is boarded overnight with the dog walker/sitter.

She is so much fun and I'm so glad I have her.

To say it's been a major life change has been an understatement. But it's all good - because of her I now know so many neighbors that I hadn't spoken to in seven years of living here and have reconnected with friends who are also pet owners who I hadn't spoken to at all.

And ironically, now that I have to stick to the schedule I put her on, I am so much more productive with my time and my house is cleaner than it’s ever been. Life has settled down and I now have a new "normal."

So if you're still reading, thanks for sticking around - I'm hoping to return to blogging on a more regular basis (at least more often than once every two months!).

PS I don't intend to make this a doggy blog, but I am now so curious as to how people with dogs raise them - it's opened a whole new world for me. So I set up a Tumblr for Coco, for those who are interested. And if you have a doggie blog, or are a dog owner and have any tips, please feel free to reach out and share!