We began by walking the aisles of the shelter and looking at all the adorable dogs. We happened across a Boxer puppy that was super cute. Having decided that we could not live without this animal, we attempted to take it home with us. As we waited in line to speak with someone at the shelter, we started thinking of what we would name him. The two of us at an animal shelter were like two kids in a candy store. I'm sure we thought of something ridiculous to name him. I remember it was a male Boxer. We had a history of ridiculous animal names, and this one would be no different. Let us now refer to him as "Box".
The animal shelter conducted a thorough interview with us before allowing us to take Box home. Here are some examples of responses that we may have given to these questions.
1. Hey, don't I know you two?
Probably. We have had a few dogs run away and we almost always reclaim them from you.
2. What brings you in today?
We recently lost a dog, and we are coming to find a replacement.
I'm sorry to hear that.
3. Do you currently have any other dogs?
Yes, one English Setter (pictured below) and one Dalmatian.
Oh, yes. I remember the English Setter...
|Gracie, the English Setter, was an escape artist and famous at the local animal shelter!|
Yes, we also have two cats - Brittany and Sylvester. But they all get along since the dogs stay outside and the cats (mostly) stay inside.
5. Where would you plan to keep this puppy?
Outside with the other dogs. We have a covered porch and a gate that is (usually) locked.
(significant look from animal shelter employee)
...or we might keep him in the garage for awhile...
6. Do you have any experience training a puppy?
...Oh, sure. We've had several dogs before.
7. Can you provide vaccination records for your other animals?
...Yeah. It might take a few days to get all of that together...
Ultimately, we were not allowed to take Box home with us. My mother was not pleased, as she felt we would be a perfectly adequate home for a dog that might not have any other options. The shelter seemed to think that Box could do better, though. And he probably did. He was super cute.