You probably all know I would love to have a dog, and that I once wrote I would take one as soon as we moved to a bigger house. The bigger house isn't here yet, but the dog wish is, and today my boyfriend and I impulsively decided to go to the local shelter and see if they had a doggy fitting for our situation.
It turned out they had. A very calm and shy girl found alongside the road. She has no idea what cuddling is, but really looked at me with those sad 'I need love' eyes. The shelter people suspect she was a farm dog, always outside and never had much attention :(.
Our biggest concern was if she could go together with our kitties, because they are most important to me. The people at the shelter said she sort of ignores cats, so this would be something that could work.
She's a smooth fox terrier, I actually had one of those when I was a kid. She's small in size and she's white with brown/black spots. It's silly, because if someone would ask me to pick a dog breed I like, it would never be a fox terrier. But somehow this girl affected me...
We have to let the shelter know on Sunday if we want to give her a home or not. And I can't seem to decide. Yes or No? My biggest fear is that my Kitties feel threatened in their own home and won't like it at all. I don't want to do that to them :(!
But I also really want to take in this poor thing and give her a happy life. She would be with me whenever I leave the house, and I love that idea. She's also a reason to leave the house, something I do to little. As much as I love being curled up on the couch surrounded by my kitty companions, I would also love to play outside :).
She might not be the best 'beginners' dog, not knowing how to play and cuddle. I think I have a challenge on my hand in learning her to trust me and bring out the dog in her. Can I do that? My sister in law gave me a stack of 'Cesar Millan' books that might be helpful.
I guess what I want to ask from my readers, is if someone has experience with shy dogs, and also taking in a dog while already having cats. Do they eventually get used to each other? And maybe you have other ideas that would help me make a decision? What to do if one part of you screams no, while the other screams yes?