It's puppy season! Okay, I guess the shelters would tell you it's sort of always puppy season, but spring is, after all not only puppy time, but the perfect time for a new friend of the canine persuasion. You did make that obligatory New Year's resolution to lose weight and exercise more, right?
No, I am not a representative of the Humane Society or the ASPCA. I am the worst kind of zealot. I have a new puppy.
I hardly have to say it, and I know there are those of you with your own little ones that will beg to differ, but I will anyhow. Cutest. Puppy. Ever.
So, humor a smitten new pet owner, and let me tell you about our new baby. After the typical bittersweet tour of the Albuquerque shelters, ridden with guilt and ashamed to even look at all of those I could not take home, I found this little guy on the PetFinder Site housed at the Socorro Animal Shelter. For the record, not only is he the cutest puppy ever, he's also the smartest puppy ever. Estimated at 6 weeks old, he was house trained (well, okay mostly) in 48 hours. He also puts away his toys. Really. But, I gush. Look at that face. Can you blame me?
Bragging up the puppy aside, what I really want to say is that this little fellow had 3 siblings- also utterly adorable, and I am sure equally as brilliant as our new baby- and 2 of them (Bobby and Sally) are still at the Socorro shelter which is small and clearly not as well funded as like facilities here in the city. During our search, we tried Animal Humane here in Albuquerque and I am thrilled to say they appear to be adopting out puppies at a good rate, and that is a great choice. But, if you find yourself looking for that special addition to your family, please also consider taking a drive to one of New Mexico's less frequented shelters. One of the lesser considered impacts of recession is the toll it can take on our animal companions. Pet drop-off rates to shelters in poorer areas of the state have increased as owners are forced to choose between a bag of kibble and their hamburger helper. Obviously, we cannot adopt every abandoned animal, but you might just find the perfect pet. And, even if you are not in the market for a pet, perhaps you have the time/space/resources to consider fostering one. My puppy is happy and healthy and despite my broken heart at not being able to adopt every critter in the place, I feel incredibly good about bringing him home. Like a new mother, I am tired from midnight play-fests, but I am so blissed out on puppy kisses I've hardly noticed.