By: Chryssa Rich
Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate
Every time spring rolls around, I toy with the idea of getting a small dog. But I’ve always been concerned about how my cats would get along with one, and whether we could trust a new dog around my 3 year-old niece.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to check-out a local shelter’s website. They had lots of cute small dogs, so I decided to go see them after work. Unfortunately my two favorites were adopted before I could even get there. Even though there weren’t any other dogs that caught my attention on the shelter’s website, I decided to make the 45-minute drive.
While I was waiting for access to the room with small dogs, I decided to take a look at the big dogs just for fun, even though my small townhouse wouldn’t accommodate one very well. About halfway through, I came across a beautiful brown dog who happily wagged her tail at me when I walked by. She was sort of an in-between size, and the kennel she was in was way too big for her.
I went to the desk and asked to see her first. They went over her health records with me and everything checked out fine. . . but they had no idea how she’d be around cats or kids. No one knew if she was housebroken, and she didn’t even know “sit.”
Still, there was something promising about her. She walked next to me on the leash, and frequently looked up at me to see if I was trying to communicate with her. When I sat down and patted my knees, she gently put her paws up on them so I could pet her face. When I threw toys, she chased them but didn’t bite – just nuzzled them. She was such a sweetheart; I knew I had to give her a chance. The shelter employees also told me I had seven days to make sure we’d be a good fit for each other.
That was a Friday night; I brought her home the next Monday after work and it’s been nothing but fun ever since! I named her Jayda and was happy to discover that she sleeps through the night, is housebroken, and is very polite and gentle around the cats and children. She’d only been home for 48 hours when I noticed the first signs of all three animals playing together, and she took to my niece immediately.
My in-between Jayda has proven to be in-between when it comes to everything – her crate, collars, treats and toys. Nothing is quite the right size for her, but she doesn’t seem to mind. Every morning she’s so wiggly and happy to wake up, and later she’s just as happy to curl up on her bed while we hang out in the living room. She comes to work with me most mornings and loves to hide rawhide bones around the office and look out the window. She gets a little protective of me and barks when strangers or other dogs approach, but we’re starting some training classes soon to correct that behavior.
It’s hard to believe I almost missed out on such a great dog because she didn’t match the search criteria I entered into a website. If you’re thinking about getting a pet, go see for yourself. Most shelter animals will have an “unknown” or two, but the least we can do is give them a chance. My dad calls Jayda “lucky dog,” but I think I’m the one who lucked out.