Today is Max's one-year anniversary with us. We rescued him from Southern Skies Labrador Rescue & Adoption, a wonderful dog adoption organization. Heather and I had considered getting a puppy like our neighbors, but my friend, C.C. Chapman insisted we rescue a dog. I feel great about the decision since Max had originally been in a kill shelter. We were probably his last hope.
We had struggled with deciding whether we should even get a dog in the first place. We both had dogs growing up, but we weren't sure it was the right time because of our busy lives.
There is never a good time to get a dog.
Waiting for the perfect time to get a dog is like waiting for the perfect time to buy a house, get married, have children. It is a major life decision that you can't easily backpedal on.
I don't suggest you rush into any major decision. You must do your share of research and soul-searching to decide if the decision is right for you. What is most important is not to use the excuse that it's not the right time as a way to procrastinate making the decision.
If you always say it is not the right time, it will never be the right time.
Even though we did run into some behavioral issues, we are thrilled with Max. We are eternally grateful to Todd Vehring (AKA "The Doggie Lama"), who taught us some important lessons. Who knew your dog should never be allowed on your bed? We are learning more each day.
Happy Anniversary, Max. We are so happy to have you as a part of our family. Thank God we decided it was the right time.