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WhatI'veLearnedfromAdoptingaDog

Rebekah Covey
Rebekah Covey Production Coordinator at Doctors in Training
6mo Texas, United States Story
What I've Learned from Adopting a Dog

Dogs are the greatest creatures on the planet. I may be a little biased, but let's be honest. Dogs are pure, intelligent, and caring creatures who have non-stop love. 

One of my favorite quotes, by Dale Carnegie, "Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal that doesn't have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love." 

I adopted my dog back in October and he is, hands down, one of the best things to come into my life. He has opened my heart up to love something more than I could ever imagine (besides my husband of course, but that's different). 

This is my beautiful nugget, Huey. 

Now, when my husband and I decided to adopt, we had been wanting a dog for a while. We finally decided that if we eventually get a dog, we would get an older dog that was house broken, and wasn't as energetic. We looked for dogs several times over the course of 2017, but never really found the one. 

We decided in October to look again and while searching the cages of the animal shelter, I saw this magnificent creature. He was insanely long and he was gigantic. I knew I had to meet him. The worker took him out and let us get to know him. He was so sweet and immediately took to us. I knew we had to take him home now! 

So I convinced (read: begged) my husband to let us take him home and he finally gave in. Unfortunately we couldn't take him just yet, as he had to get neutered, but we were able to take him home a few days later. 

We picked him up from PetSmart and he had this hilarious cone that was a little too small for his head. 

We were surprised how well trained he was. He listened, he slept a lot, and he was super chill. My husband and I thought we were super lucky to have a dog that was so calm. But one night we were sitting in the living room and we heard the weirdest noise come from Huey. It was like he was trying to throw up, but not really. I had never heard a dog make a noise like that. 

We called the vet as soon as possible and brought him in. Turns out, Huey had a severe case of pneumonia. He was on antibiotics for about 2.5 weeks, we had to give him eyedrops, and we couldn't really do much else but hope that it would go away. 

The first thing I learned in all of that, dogs are expensive. Unfortunately for us, we did not set up his pet insurance until after the fact, so none of his medical bills were covered because they were considered a pre-existing condition. So there was a ton of $$$ coming out of our pockets those first few weeks. 

The second thing I learned is dogs are incredibly intelligent. During his sickness, we had to give him eyedrops and he was such a pain. Huey is a big dude. At the time, he weighed 73 pounds and was about as tall as me (5'2") standing on his hind legs. It was almost impossible for us to hold him down and put in his eyedrops. And every trick we tried, by the next time he learned and knew how to avoid it. We had to take him to the vet twice a day just to get his eyedrops in. It was a rough two weeks. 

Once he started to get better, he started acting more normal. And by more normal, I mean more hyper and destructive. He started getting into everything. And that's when I learned: younger dogs, no matter how chill they seem, need lots of stimulation and distractions. So we decided to do the BarkBox subscription. 

Now, let me just say, BarkBox is one of the best things I have invested my money in. Once a month they send us a box of goodies for Huey and it is probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. Every month Huey gets new toys, treats, and snacks that are themed! Plus, their customer service is absolutely incredible. I have never had an issue with them and they all speak in dog puns. What's not to love? 

But through BarkBox, Huey gets new toys to try out. He's a heavy chewer and some of his toys have lasted, but what's nice is if they break, we know he'll be getting some new ones soon. Plus, we know what he loves and can get him more! 

Another thing I've learned is dogs are kind of dumb. Huey is very intelligent, but he can be such a doofus. Sometimes what he does doesn't really make sense to us, but hey, he's just living his best dog life, and who can blame him? He smashes his face into walls, tables, desks, everything. And he doesn't seem to learn how to avoid it, either. He doesn't really swim, he just bites at the water. It's hilarious. 

And one last thing I've learned from Huey, is how to love a dog with more than my heart can muster. We've only had him for almost 5 months, but I would never let anything happen to him, and if anything ever did happen to him, I would probably collapse. I always joke with my husband, I could never love a child as much as I love our dog. It's just amazing how much love can develop for your pets, especially ones you haven't known for long. 

All in all, I've learned a lot from Huey. He's taught me more responsibility and how to prepare better for those vet emergencies. He's also taught me how to look at life as if it's one big dog park. He's a carefree dude and someday I hope to be as carefree and genuinely loving as he is. 

And one last picture because why not? 


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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    6mo ago New York, NY, United States

    I've always wanted to adopt a pet @Rebekah Covey. How much total did it end up costing?

    I've always wanted to adopt a pet @Rebekah Covey. How much total did it end up costing?

    • Rebekah Covey
      Rebekah Covey Production Coordinator at Doctors in Training
      6mo ago Texas, United States

      At the shelter, it only cost $10 to adopt him (they had a special on big dogs that day). While he was sick with pneumonia, it was about $800 out of pocket between xrays, exams, office visits, and medication. 
      Now that we have insurance, though, they tend to cover 80% of the cost of his medical stuff now, which is really nice. So, past his pneumonia, we've probably paid $100-$200 in medical expenses (things kept popping up in the first month after we adopted him; ear infection, dermatitis, staph infection, diarrhea (bleh)). 
      Month to month, we pay probably $130 for his regular expenses (insurance, wellness plan at his vet (which includes discounts, unlimited office visits, free vaccines, and whatnot), his BarkBox subscription, and his food). 
      He's worth every penny, though! 

      At the shelter, it only cost $10 to adopt him (they had a special on big dogs that day). While he was sick with pneumonia, it was about $800 out of pocket between xrays, exams, office visits, and medication. 
      Now that we have insurance, though, they tend to cover 80% of the cost of his medical stuff now, which is really nice. So, past his pneumonia, we've probably paid $100-$200 in medical expenses (things kept popping up in the first month after we adopted him; ear infection, dermatitis, staph infection, diarrhea (bleh)). 
      Month to month, we pay probably $130 for his regular expenses (insurance, wellness plan at his vet (which includes discounts, unlimited office visits, free vaccines, and whatnot), his BarkBox subscription, and his food). 
      He's worth every penny, though! 

  • egbritton
    5mo ago Boston, MA, USA

    Your dog is so adorable and sweet looking! I recently adopted a dog too, and I can completely relate to almost everything here. I had no idea I'd love him so much!

    Your dog is so adorable and sweet looking! I recently adopted a dog too, and I can completely relate to almost everything here. I had no idea I'd love him so much!

    • Rebekah Covey
      Rebekah Covey Production Coordinator at Doctors in Training
      5mo ago Texas, United States

      Thank you! :D I'm glad you found the same love with your dog. I wish you the happiest of times with him! 

      Thank you! :D I'm glad you found the same love with your dog. I wish you the happiest of times with him! 

  • Pamela Rodas
    Pamela Rodas Director - Global Talent Acquisition | Information Technology Solutions. TELUS International
    3mo ago Central America

    I can totally relate, my life changed when we adopted our first dog 4 years ago when I got married and adopted two more ever since; They are proof of true love and even though most of them have baggage on special conditions or emotional issues to look out for, with much love and care you learn to fight for them and learn how to be a true family!

    I can totally relate, my life changed when we adopted our first dog 4 years ago when I got married and adopted two more ever since; They are proof of true love and even though most of them have baggage on special conditions or emotional issues to look out for, with much love and care you learn to fight for them and learn how to be a true family!


Rebekah Covey
Production Coordinator at Doctors in Training

Hello! I am a 23 year old project manager with a knack for writing and an itch to travel.

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