Last week, I told you about my girlfriend’s dream to own a dog. I never liked dogs, but to show her I care about her dreams, we decided to walk shelter dogs in the weekends. This would give me the chance to get used to being surrounded by these animals, and she could enjoy her time with the dogs. So far, we’ve walked with quite some and the discussion arose: if you want a dog, take one from the shelter, or buy a puppy?
Well… The discussion has been settled. Say hi to Luvo, born on the 24th of December 2015!
The upside of shelter dogs is that they usually are trained, so housebreaking won’t be too intensive. The downside is they have a story, which in some cases are terrible. And insecure dogs can be unpredictable and need a lot of patience. For me, not being used to dogs, that is a bit intimidating.
While you need to train puppies a lot (it seriously is a lot of work), you grow with them. While they are still cute little balls of fur, you learn to know them, and when fully grown, they know you and vice versa.
The search for a dog wasn’t easy. Although puppies are cute (and shelter dogs too), every time we visited a dog, we thought of many reasons why he or she wouldn’t be right for us. I wondered, is this because I really don’t want a dog? One of my little sisters knows a lot of animal behaviour, so I asked her: “How do you know what dog is right for you?”. Her reply was as simple, as confusing: “You just know. I saw mine and I just knew he was the one.”.
This advise was not useful at all… Or so I thought. But after yet another visit to a litter of puppies, we saw this little fella, and we fell in love. All the other puppies we saw earlier didn’t matter, he was the one.
We named him Luvo, just like my website. Luvo is a concatenation of Lumo and Vivo, Esperanto for Light and Life. With photography, I capture life using Light. And this little (already stubborn) fellow is a bright Light full of Life!
It is a lot of work (just now I had to clean up a little “accident”), but my girlfriend is happy (and secretly so am I). It is amazing how quickly he adjusts to his new house. On the first day he already knew where he lives. After doing his business outside, he runs to the front door and waits till we let him in.
Besides food and his panda, he loves sleeping. He even lets us sleep at night, and cheerfully greets us as we wake up way too early, to take him for a walk.
I guess you’ll be seeing a lot more of him from now on.