As we sat on the couch one November day, I thought to ask my boyfriend, James, “What do you want for Christmas?” Without hesitation, he says, “A dog.” I laughed and shrugged the thought away thinking he was joking To my surprise he wasn’t. At first, I wasn’t sure. I adore dogs and had grown up with them all my life, but were we ready for that kind of responsibility? Of course, it didn’t take much convincing on James’ part before I hopped online to see which pups were looking for their fur-ever homes at the local shelters near me.
Within five minutes of searching on Petfinder, we found her: Molly, a 1-year-old Dalmatian mix with a sweet temperament and floppy ears that reminded me of Dobby the Elf from the Harry Potter series. It was love at first sight. And so, we ventured to the shelter in order to meet her. I insisted that we meet several dogs that fit our criteria, just to be sure, but deep down we both knew Molly was the one.
One week later, Molly came home. Since her arrival, we’ve learned a lot as new pet parents, including the locations of all the nearest dog parks, and how to train out certain behaviors. I’ve also learned that there are several items that should be on every first-time pet parent’s shopping list. James and I didn’t have much of a plan for our new addition. We had the essentials: food, bowls, bed, nail clippers, etc. But it wasn’t until Molly moved in that we discovered what we really needed: