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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Adoption Story

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Name:  Bob and Donna with Mochi

1. What kind of animal did you adopt?
We adopted a dog - a four-year old female pit bull who we named Mochi.

2. Why did you decide to adopt a pet?
Pets add so much to a home!  They’re excellent (and entertaining!) companions, they add an extra layer of security to the home, and having a dog encourages us to take healthy walks every day. There’s nothing like the love of a dog, and being greeted with her happy face and wagging tail every time we come in the door is wonderful.

3. What year did you adopt?
We brought Mochi home on December 28, 2018.

4. Did you have concerns before you decided to adopt?  What were they?
We wanted to be sure to choose a dog that would fit into our family and our lifestyle, and that we would be able to meet the dog’s needs -- for example, a very high-energy puppy might need more daily exercise than we’d be able to provide, and we wanted a people-positive dog that would adjust to the number of visitors we have in our home.  It’s normal to worry about “fit,” but the shelter staff do a great job at getting to know the animals in their care so there are a minimum of surprises.

5. Was this your first pet?
No, we’ve had rescue dogs and a cat for many years.

6. What do you enjoy most about having a pet?
Mochi is great company!  Bob works from home, and she’s a wonderful companion, happily following him around all day.  We’ve had fun teaching her basic obedience and going for daily walks, and she loves to play!  She’s learning to fetch and loves to chase balls and toys, and in the evening when we’re all tired she sacks out on the couch, snuggled up to one or both of us.

7. Have you encountered any challenges in caring for your pet?
We realized quickly that Mochi had probably never been inside of a house before!  Everything about “indoors” astonished her, including her own reflection in glass doors and the sound of the refrigerator making ice.  Also, she’d never been housetrained -- a fact we learned very quickly, as she peed on the dining room carpet the first night with us.  Oops!  But Mochi is a very smart girl, and with a little patience she learned quickly that her business was to be done outside.  After just a couple of days of positive reinforcement, she asks to go outside when it’s time, and she’s never had an accident in the house since.

8. We also learned that Mochi’s life before she was found had probably been pretty isolated.  She doesn’t know how to politely introduce herself to other dogs (although she very much wants to meet them and play).  We’re working on that with the help of a professional trainer, and hope she can meet other dogs without offending them someday soon.

9. Would you like to tell us anything else?
We’re so happy that we adopted this sweet girl.  She’s blossomed into a joyful and happy dog, whose cheerful disposition and playful ways make us laugh every single day!

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