We adopted Bailey on February 4th, 2020. I have three kids, Emma who is 12, Ava who is 7, and Dante who is 3. We wanted to get a dog for a while now, but never really committed until I promised my oldest that we would get a dog by April. We wanted to get a pitbull, lab mix, but wanted to wait until it was warm enough for training. So we put in papers to all of our local animal shelters.
On February 4th Northeast Animal Shelter contacted me, saying that they had two puppies that matched what we were looking for. I went to see them and immediately fell in love. I took pictures, sending them to my husband and daughter. I then left the shelter to get my youngest from school and came back. Around 5 minutes after I sent the picture my oldest called me saying “GET HER GET HER”.
My husband came with my two daughters after they got out of school and we knew she was the one when all three kids were playing with her. We adopted her and got supplies on the way home. Ava wanted to get Bailey and her sister, but the volunteers explained that one puppy was going to be enough work. Now it has been two weeks and she is the perfect addition to our family.
Bailey (formally known as Corinne) is fitting in nicely with our household. She loves roughhousing with our toddler, Dante. They both have unlimited energy so they wear each other out. The first night she did cry quite a bit in her cage but now she is comfortable with it and doesn’t make a peep. Bailey does love snuggling with us on the couch, and my husband had to throw that rule out the window.
Last weekend we brought her over to my mother-in-law’s house where my sister in law had a dog. Because her dog is two and Bailey is still a puppy it did take a bit for them to get along, but by the end of the day they were playing outside like they had known each other for years.
Also, we are potty training Dante and Bailey is still learning as well, so it does get a bit messy at times. The other day we found pee on the ground, I asked Dante if he had an accident, seeing how his pants were wet. Instead, he pointed to Bailey, saying “Dog”. It got us a good laugh and they have been getting along perfectly.
The staff at NEAS was so kind and understanding when we wanted to see her, and were very helpful when it came to facts about having a puppy. My oldest daughter is planning on becoming a veterinarian and is excited to be able to volunteer at Northeast Animal Shelter once she is old enough.