Kelly's Dog Blog — Adopting Dogs, Part 2

How a pack of four became six

October 25, 2018
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Once Elmo and Kermit became mine, and before even pulling out of the PetSmart parking lot, I immediately changed their names to Homer and Curly, named after two orphans in one of my favorite movies, The Cider House Rules. (they would from that moment one be referred to as We refer to them as The Cider Boys.)

Two other dogs and a very surprised and skeptical husband were waiting for us at home, but within an hour of introducing Homer and Curly, we all began settling into a routine. I am not sure if I can be considered pack leader, but most times, my dogs do follow my lead. 

Since that July afternoon there have been many adjustments, adventures and even a revelation; still curious about their possibly being related, I ran a DNA test via Wisdom Panel on The Cider Boys, and it turns out they are indeed littermates. They share a mom, a Shih Tzu-Italian Greyhound mix, but have different dads. 

Related: Kelly's Dog Blog - Adopting Dogs, Part 1

Intrigued by Homer’s deep bark, I was delighted to find out he is 12.5% Vizsla Hound from his father’s side.

Curly, of the curly coat and higher-pitched bark is 25% Miniature Poodle and 25% Chihuahua on his father’s side.

Along with similar physical characteristics, they have the same yawn and they both shuffle their back feet in the same manner after they pee.

I have a favorite adage, “Essential pain leads to earned rewards.” Acquiring Homer and Curly is living proof of that. All I went through before adopting them was necessary to get where we all are now. Had I simply adopted a dog from San Diego Humane Society I knew hardly anything about, it could have very well upset the family dynamic. My existing dogs may not have received the newcomer so graciously. Adopting dogs from a foster agency gave me a better idea of temperament and sociality, which resulted in the “good fit” I had been searching for all along — x 2.

Life with six dogs isn’t always easy, but the laughter, joy and snuggling they provide us with will always prevail. I encourage anyone who is thinking about adopting a(nother) dog or maybe two at the same time, don’t overthink it; just do it. However you choose to go about it, your life will be forever changed — for the better.