Spin Cycle: An Adopted Tail

May 22, 2009 12:22 am

When I first met Jamie, he didn’t know if he ever wanted marriage or kids. He didn’t even want pets. Within several weeks of dating, his tune changed and he decided that those were things he wanted with the right person. He even thought that person was me and we tied the knot two years later. Yup, I’m that good. A few months after moving in together, I decided that “we” should get a puppy. Jamie was leery of the plan but he went along since it was what I wanted.

A few days after receiving Operation Puppy green light, I started my search. I was sitting in my cubicle at work looking at the local animal services website when I saw the most adorable puppies for adoption. I rushed over on my lunch break to check them out and it was love at first sight. I made an excited call to Jamie to get final approval and then I was on my way to becoming a new parent. This was before I hit a glitch in my plan.

Let’s back up here, this wasn’t actually my first go around as a pet owner. In college, I had three cats who were basically my first kids. When I moved home for a year and a half after graduation, my three joined my parent’s two and it became a five cat household. I thought my parents would be glad to be rid of them when I finally moved back out but instead my mom got weepy over the idea of the cats and I both moving out. To lessen the sting, I left the cats for a little bit longer. Then a little longer after that. Then I became a dog person.

When I went to fill out the adoption papers, they asked if I had any other pets. “Great”, I thought, “They’ll see that I have cats and tell me if this breed is good with cats!”. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Instead, they demanded to see my cat’s shot records before they would consider allowing me to adopt the puppy. My former cats didn’t have their shots and didn’t even live with me anymore. I tried to explain all of that to the animal services people but they weren’t having any of it. I needed shot records or I was shit out of luck.

I rushed out of there determined to find a solution and make that dog mine. I couldn’t have Jamie try since we had the same address and they were onto me. So I did what any sane human being would do, I phoned a friend. I called my friend Lori and asked her to come down there and adopt a dog for me. Lori, my friend who hates dogs. After work, we all met up there to carry out the plan. I stayed in the parking lot as to not foil the plan. Things were right on track until the fucking people in front of us asked to see the puppy. My puppy. Those assholes fell in similar (but not as deep) love with the puppy and snatched him right up. Their other pets must have had current vaccinations.

Lori called me from inside to ask what I wanted to do. I mentioned another dog, my first runner up. Lori and Jamie took him outside to play in the potential adoptive parent’s play area. He immediately started play biting Jamie’s shoes and I could see (from the parking lot) Jamie falling for him. We brought home Runner Up and welcomed him into our family. The moral of the story is that you should always phone a friend when it comes to your local animal shelter’s adoption policies. Also, you might want to consider settling for your second choice since it sometimes works out in the end.

Oh yeah, we have another dog too but she’s a huge bitch and doesn’t deserve any blog time. She already had an entire post dedicated to her way back when and that stupid post started HASAY. Can you see why I might not like her after that?

Don’t forget to tip your hostess, Jen over at Sprite’s Keeper.



  1. cyndi

    Awww, cute even tho I’m not much of a dog person 😉 My cat ended up living with my parent for similar reasons. Harry is determined that he wants a cat, while Jack insists on a dog, a goldfish and a hamster….still waiting! Happy week-ending!

    cyndis last blog post..It take a joyful sound

  2. Andrea

    Oh doggies. I hear you. I always think adopting one would be fun. We’ve had one psycho dog (whom we got rid of) and two others who hubby turned out to be severely allergic to after two days with us and we had to give back. We’ve stuck with stuffed pets ever since. Though I do dream of a big old lazy basset hound. That’s my kind of dog.

    Andreas last blog post..F3: The First Time Around

  3. Pseudo

    Oh so cute. Love the pics. Too funny sending in reinforcements.

    Pseudos last blog post..Hi! I’m Chuckie. Wanna Play??!!

  4. K

    Aren’t the adoption policies crazy?

    I think it would be easier to foster a kid than get another cat from the shelter here.

    Ks last blog post..The Big Blue Slide

  5. Peggy

    I agree with K…those adoption people are carcazy! Our 1st baby, er dog, was adopted and I loved her so much. Then she bit the neighbor kid, twice. Nice. So when we had our 1st human baby, she was always banished to a different room and it was the saddest thing ever.

    Then when I got pg again I decided it wasn’t fair to her (her name was Casey by the way, sorry!) A co-worker of Joe’s, who had two teenagers, took her.

    I still miss that dog. We’ve had a few since then and they’ve all been huge assholes including our current shittypoo.

    Cute post and cute pictures!!

    Peggys last blog post..Patrick Swayze

  6. Cat

    Oh man, now I want a puppy.

    Cats last blog post..After Which I Will Be Saving For Rhinoplasty

  7. WickedStepMom

    You know what made me laugh.. “I decided “we” should get a dog!” That is too funny!!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Spin Cycle: The Great Gerbil Hunt

  8. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    I love that you’re ‘that good’ that you not only changed Jamie’s mind about pets but kids, too… 😉 Glad your ‘runner up’ worked out so well! 🙂

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)s last blog post..Mommy Moments – Grandparents Bonding

  9. Sprite's Keeper

    You are a chick on a mission! John made the mistake of letting me go into a pet store one day after we already had Blue. We walked out with Harry. Smartest five hundred bucks we ever spent. That’s right. My MUTT was five hundred dollars! Blue was only three hundred and she was pure breed. I guess she was on clearance. You’re linked!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Spin Cycle: No Matter What Way You Spin It, The Gerbil Still Dies.

  10. jenni

    my dogs are such enormous jerks i’m not even going to write a post about them.

    jennis last blog post..Toddlers are Assholes

  11. GreenJello

    No dogs for me… I have enough dogs in the neighborhood surrounding me on all sides. I’ll stick with the cat and lizard, thanks.

    GreenJellos last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  12. Lin

    My aunt works for Animal Welfare and I tell you, those people are VERY serious about who they adopt out to. I know the questions and the requirements suck, but I can tell you a thousandfold the horror stories of the animals that get in the hands of the wrong people. They are very well versed on the lying and sneaking (Casey) that people do to bring a pet home and are really proud of themselves when they bust someone. It’s not to get you, it is to save the animals from the wrong people. I know you are not the wrong people–but there are far too many out there. Sorry for your bad experience–I’ve had my own at a shelter nearby. Some of those folks are downright psycho and way overboard in the decision-making process. One did not want to adopt to me because my cat was gone only a week–that wasn’t enough grieving time in their mind. So what is the proper grieving time for a cat anyway??? Is it more than a hamster and less than a dog?? Weird.

    Glad everything worked out and you have some lovely dogs!! It looks like you love them just a little bit!! 🙂

    Lins last blog post..The New and Improved Rules of the Road by Me

  13. Heather

    Cute pictures!!!
    Looks like a really patient puppy too.

    Heathers last blog post..What’da ya know….it’s FINALLY Friday!!! Whooo hooo!!!

  14. Keely

    Omg, this is horrible to say but sometimes I wish I’d gone with my ‘second’ choice at the shelter. The ‘other’ dog was older, un-fixed, and had some issues with people touching his hips. I thought a younger dog with “no body issues” would be better. They neglected to inform me that she’s CRAZY.

    Keelys last blog post..My back aches a little, Friday Fill-Ins

  15. Keely

    Also, as much as shelter people want full disclosure from YOU (and I totally understand why, don’t get me wrong), they weren’t real forthcoming with info themselves. “May be dominant with other dogs” does NOT COVER what my dog’s problems are.

    Keelys last blog post..My back aches a little, Friday Fill-Ins

  16. mrsbear

    Never heard about the adoption rules, you’d figure someone coming in to adopt a dog wouldn’t get too much flack. I think it’s funny that you immediately thought of a way to get around the rules and found such a willing accomplice only to have your first choice snatched from under your nose. I like your second choice better, that first one probably had worms or deep seeded psychological issues.

    mrsbears last blog post..What Were We Thinking? – Spin Cycle

  17. Michele

    You know that Jamie only went along with the idea because he wanted to continue to get regular sex, right? JR did the same thing. He caved.

    Micheles last blog post..Friday Foodie – Stuffed Buns

  18. Lisa (Jonny's Mommy)

    That stuff about the cats sounds crazy to me. But I’m glad you got the (second)dog you wanted. They didn’t ask us anything about having cats and if they had, they would not have let us adopt our Jack Russell because they do NOT mix well with cats. Trust me, they do NOT.

  19. Robin

    awww. sooo cute!
    it’s always best to lie, lie, lie at those places. they’ll never know the diff and if they ever figure it out, you’ll be long gone with your pet!
    when i adopted cinnamon, there was a strict no-pets policy at my apartment rental. no problem! i just wrote down that i owned the place on the application, then hid her for four years. which was brutal, but worth it!

    Robins last blog post..Flashback Friday: The Longest Ride

  20. bex

    its like marley and me – you got the clearance dog!

    you know what they say, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.

    looks like you do! and he looks like he’s worked out great!

    bexs last blog post..Spin Cycle: Diggery Doo, Where Are You?

  21. Sammanthia

    I’m totally a dog person. Cats make me sneeze and most of them are snotty as hell, anyway. I LOVE your dogs (even the bitchy one;))!
    PS I would have told you that you should have lied, but then you might have ended up with the first dog, and I’ll bet that’s the one who chews holes in the carpet and pees on the floor. See? It was a good thing you told the truth.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Brad Paisley Can Suck It

  22. blissfully caffeinated

    Wouldn’t it be better to adopt out a puppy to nice people who may not have vaccinated their cats rather than, oh I don’t know, euthanize the poor puppy? Seriously, why are they so picky?

    Some of my former cats now live with my parents, too, and they are bitter.

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..“Mr. Mainway, this is simply a bag of jagged, dangerous, glass bits.”

  23. ck

    Hmmmm…I also blessed my parents with three cats and went on to own a dog. AND got into it with pet adoption people over shot records after which I missed out on the animal I wanted.


    Where did you say you “lived” again?

    cks last blog post..by way of microphone

  24. Kyooty

    holy scrolling comments! talk about popular,. so where was I , oh yes, I want me a puppy. I know they poop but I guess if the kids are ptty trained I could train a pup right?

    Kyootys last blog post..Friday Fill ins, my lazy side

  25. Jessica Bern

    I am utterly and totally in love. I swear I fell faster for their profiles then any one I’ve ever seen on a dating site.

  26. Amber

    Loved this story! You’re such a good writer! Why the hell did you tell the people at the animal shelter that you had other pets? Especially if they didn’t even live with you anymore?
    When in doubt…lie. Duh.

    Ambers last blog post..And Here’s to 100 More…

  27. Sandie

    I had to laugh when I read your first paragraph. When I first met Tony, he was *never* going to get married again and he was *never* going to have more kids. And here we are…10 years and 3 more kids later. Guess I’m really good. 🙂

    Sandies last blog post..Are you getting excited yet?

  28. FoN

    I want a dog so bad. Your pup is adorable! I still don’t really understand why you needed shot records for cats that weren’t yours anymore and don’t live in your house though.

    FoNs last blog post..Fat Chick vs. Food – Week Twenty

  29. Captain Dumbass

    I can’t cuddle with my fish and they won’t pull me from a burning building, but they don’t need shots. If they get sick I just flush them (after!). Wait, if the house was on fire I could kick the tank over. Thanks fish!

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..Flowers Are Nice, But…

  30. HeatherPride

    Oh my gosh, that last picture is hilarious! I love the happy/sad dog combo. Hee hee. Glad things worked out for all!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Yep. I Opened this Can of Worms

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