...We found a dog!
We were pretty dejected on Monday night, but on Tuesday morning, I went to Petfinder (No, I couldn't help myself. Don't judge!) and saw that three new shih tzus had been posted at a local DC shelter. In fact, it was the closest shelter to The Lawyer's home and the very first one that we looked at back in October or November.
I basically threw on a pair of jeans and got in the car as fast as I could (to beat the frou frou dog "rescue" organizations that always scoop up the little dogs first and then resell them at a $250 profit after you pass their "screening"). I got to the shelter probably within minutes of them updating the list and since all three dogs came in together, the shelter put them all on hold until The Lawyer could come after work to meet them too.
We're unclear on what their story is, but we suspect puppy mill rescue, based on the fact that they're not spayed or neutered, not potty trained (despite being older), one of the one year old pups has visibly sagging teets, and all three of them came in together, with a vague backstory.
The one we chose took an immediate liking to The Lawyer, sidling right up to him and laying his head in his lap. We talked quite a bit about taking more than one, but I'm a first time dog owner and I'm the one who's going to be at home with the dog. I'm just not sure if I can handle more than one, even though it might actually be easier if they stay together (and have a playmate, etc.). So, we have to pray for someone else to keep the other two together, because we can't right now.
We also talked for hours and hours about "timing" and whether or not this was the right thing for us right now. And, what about if I go back to school? And, what if the dog has jealousy issues when we have kids? And, what if he barks or is sad when we're not at home? Who are we going to leave him with when we go on vacations?
I mean, the list went on and on and on. For HOURS.
The bottom line is that this is going to be OK. I have a fairly fatalistic view about life right now, due to my medical school situation, but we are both grown up people--one of whom owns the home where the dog is going to live and the other of whom will be home all day to help the dog acclimate to its new home and to take it out 29873984 times a day. We can totally do this.
Also, The Lawyer lives in a tiny building with close-knit neighbors--many of whom own dogs and one of whom is a retired dog walker who has already offered to pup sit/walk for us. So, we'll be OK, even if we do go back to school/get busy/take a vacation.
So, after much discussion, anxiety, prayer, and aggressive driving to that shelter, we got our dog! We take him home on Saturday! (And yes, I'm vacillating between excitement and nervousness right now. This is normal, yes?)
(Also, I don't have pictures yet, because he's shy and wiggly, so I couldn't get him to look right at me or to stop moving. So. When we take him home, I promise to post a barrage of annoying and overdone "PUPPY! PUPPY! PUPPY!" pictures :D)