Decisions, DecisionsOur newest rescue who we named Camber (I'm a NASCAR fan) has turned out to be another incredible rescue. I saw him one day while purchasing pet products. He threw himself against the kennel, let me rub him and was so outgoing. I read the information about him and saw that he had already been adopted by a family with children and the rescue people wrote that "he was scared and hid all the time" so the family returned him. I decided to see if someone would adopt him later that day. The following day I called and he was still there so I returned to adopt him. He sat in the back of his kennel this time and looked terrified but I adopted him anyway knowing lots of love would be good for him..
Since we have two dogs and two cats we knew there would have to be a get to know you period. I put Camber in my home office which has glass pocket doors so he could look out and the other pets could look in. It took a couple of days where he was comfortable with us humans coming in and out so we started supervised visits with the animals one at a time. It all worked out and he's just another member of the eclectic human, animal family in the house. He's become so good that when strangers come to visit he climbs right up on their laps (if they don't mind) to visit for a while.
He has also bonded so well with out cat, Weaver, who has cerebellar hyperplasia that we swear he is doing more things than he could before. Weaver will be seven years old this summer and has been such a wonder cat. He's now able to swing his leg up to scratch his ears and stretch his legs out over his head to preen. He had no coordination to do some of those things before yet with all the playing he does with Camber I think it has somehow helped him.
Return On InvestmentAnimal adoption is a wonderful experience but one must understand that human companion responsibilities are much more than you might expect. Feeding and cleaning poop is the easy part. Spending quality time with each animal and caring for their health needs such as veterinarian visits are very important and can get very expensive. Talking to other pet owners, veterinarians, shelter personal and animal foster parents is a great start before you dive in to pet ownership. Take your time doing the research and then decide. It's an awesome experience if you understand it requires tremendous responsibility.
Photographs on this page are just a few of our pets that I love to add to products at TheAspenStand at Zazzle store on products. You might like a peek at the collection of unique characters I have in the Animals category.
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