By October 23, 2009

Happy Adopt-a-versary, Rosie!
Rosie, taken on October 17, 2009.

I adopted Rosie four years ago today. My ex-girlfriend and I started looking for a second dog when we realized that Porter (a year old back then) needed even more playtime than we could provide. Just like with Porter (and eventually, Pearl), I put Rosie through a personality test. It was important to me to find a dog that fit my desire for a companion, and also a dog that fit fairly close to Porter’s dominance level. I wanted a pup that was inquisitive, but not too independent. Snuggly, but not too needy. Playful, but not aggressive. Rosie fit the bill down to the last line, and sealed the deal when she leapt fearlessly off of a planter box towards my outstretched arms.

To my surprise, it was much easier to raise a second dog with Porter providing a good example. He was top dog for about Rosie was about six months or so, when she finally outgrew him and realized she could get to things he couldn’t:

I’d like to encourage anyone looking for a companion dog to consult their regional rescue agencies first. We got Rosie from SHARE, and I don’t think they are active any more. However, Homeward Trails and the Washington Animal Rescue League are both great folks to deal with if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.

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