We adopted both our dogs.
We got Ocean to help our bullmastiff deal with his anxiety and, when he passed away, we got River so Ocean wouldn’t be lonely.
Neither dog had been abused or hurt in any way and both have blended into our family with very few issues. River was (and still is) a little harder to introduce to our home because he was a kennel dog and had never had any of the experiences most dogs take for granted. No walks, no collar, no treats, no cushions, no friends to play with. With Ocean he’s discovering the joys of tumbling in the snow, playing king of the snow hill and chasing the birds.
People warned us against adopting a dog. They said they would come with ‘problems’. They warned us they wouldn’t bond with us.
They were wrong.
Ocean and River adore us. River is big, gentle and very loving. He’s passionate about hugs, loves treats and needs a lot of training. Ocean follows us like a shadow, loves running around outside with us and wants nothing more than to please us.
Overall, we’ve had such an incredibly positive experience with them that I have no doubt, our next dog will also be adopted.
Adopting is truly a win-win.