Four weeks ago, Mike & I made a huge and exciting decision, we adopted …. a dog! We both grew up with dogs and were ready for one of our own. I knew I wanted to rescue a dog and after some searching we found and adopted Rooster, an incredibly handsome, 5ish-month old male mini-Dachshund through the amazing rescue group, Louie’s Legacy. For a comprehensive overview of dog adoption from Cesar Milan, click here.
Initially, we were concerned about having a dog in Manhattan, but for a lot of the dogs up for adoption even a tiny 1-bedroom apartment in Manhattan is better than a life in a shelter! 4 weeks into being Rooster’s parents, I can happily say NYC is actually a great place to own a dog (depending on your time, willingness, patience, proximity to a park and how willing you are to pay for doggie day care) and is surprisingly dog-friendly. We visit Madison Square Dog Park every morning (only 4 blocks away!) and are very close to the NY Dog Spa & Hotel for doggie day-care three days a week, which makes dog ownership a lot easier.
We had been searching for a rescue for a few months, having considered and applied for a few dogs but not yet being the right fit for the dog or not finding the right dog for our situation (Manhattan living and both being full-time employed). We had been recommended Louie’s Legacy by a friend, but also kept an eye out on North Shore Animal League and also through a large portal, PetFinder.
After finding Rooster online, we put in an application and soon heard back from Louie’s Legacy. We had a house-visit/inspection, and once approved were ready to meet and pick up our little guy from Staten Island, NY. We rented a Zipcar and drove out to pick him up. It was love at first sight, and after about 15 minutes of licking and kisses and cuddles, we signed on the dotted line and he was ours. We loaded up on everything we needed from PetSmart (which was A LOT) and brought the tired little guy back to Manhattan. He slept the whole drive, it had been a big day for him.
We brought him home, showed him around and cuddled for the rest of the day. Every day since however he has been a bundle of energy! Dogs are a lot of work, they have so much energy and cost more money than I remembered, but it is one of the most rewarding and fun things. I would encourage adoption if it works for your situation. To think someone could just drop Rooster off at a shelter and never look back is heart-breaking, but it is our gain because Rooster is the most amazing, brave, charismatic and cheeky boy we could have ever asked for. The last four weeks have been awesome, even though he can be incredibly stubborn and does chew up a lot of our stuff.
Dog ownership resources that have come in handy so far:
- Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer’s advice
- Crate training a dachshund (blog with a very similar name to mine which was ironic)
For furry New Yorkers:
- Andrea Arden Puppy Training in NYC
- Daycare and Overnight Boarding at New York Dog Spa & Hotel
- Vet Services – we see Dr Jan Suchanek at Midtown Animal Hospital who is great and is reasonably priced compared to others in the area
- MTA Subway Rules – you can bring your dog onto the subway if, he/she is “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers”… which Mike and I have loosely interpreted to mean “held in our arms”. We take Rooster on the subway all the time (carry him in our arms from when we leave the street level until we emerge back out) and haven’t had a problem
- A comprehensive list of dog parks in New York
- PetSmart.Com – we order everything we need online and have it delivered to our door
- Don’t forget to register your dog with NY State!
I look forward to posting Rooster’s adventures!