Meet Risotto. He is our 4th dog & also our 9th pet for a while. Yes, we have 9 pets now. If you lost count let me help you out.
We have 5 pets of our own, right? Chili, Mango, Pesto, Frizzante & Mascara. 2 cats, 2 dogs, and one cute looking, but evil bunny. We still have Poppy living with us (she is only moving to her forever family next month), I already talked about her here, click and read her story in case you missed it. Aaaand we have the birdies, Melon and Peach. Plus, the cute little baby Riso. Now, that’s 9 pets. 🤷🏼♀️
So, this is Riso. Our 4th dog, our 9th pet, also the reason we never ever foster puppies. And the reason why you should consider adopting older dogs too. 🙈 Let me explain.
Puppies are cute. Cute af. We all love puppies, right? Their smell (they smell like babies), their tongue soft like velvet, their innocent look, their round belly, their funny sleeping positions, you name it. There is literally nothing what’s not cute about puppies.
What about pee and poo all over your apartment for at least 1 month? 👀 What about coming home from work, cleaning up their mess, taking the dogs out for a long walk (we usually walk them 2-3 hrs each night), then coming home again tired af to a pup full of energy, as he couldn’t join you to your walk because he is not completely vaccinated yet? What about crying during night? Because it’s not over at the end of the day. Nights are pretty exhausting as well. What about all the things he’ll destroy while teething?
Is he cute? Yes, he is. Is it worth it? Yes, it is. Is it hard? YES IT IS!!!
On the other hand, we took Poppy home at age 5, living on a chain all her life before. She peed inside only 2 times in the first 2 days. And no more accidents have ever happened. We took Frizz home at age 1,5. He never ever peed inside. And now with Riso, I’m following him everywhere with the mop bucket, some toilet paper, and the stain and odour remover spray. FOR 3 MORE WEEKS. 👀
If you are concerned about adopting older dogs, because the connection between you two will not be that strong, or because the trauma they come with will be harder to handle, or because you don’t want to miss this beautiful stage of their life… Don’t be. I assure you that beautiful, strong connections can be made regardless on their age. I assure you that any kind of trauma is easier to handle in adults than this madness. And I also assure you THERE WILL BE days, when you’d wish you could have missed that not so beautiful stage of puppyhood. 😅