31 Days of Lessons Learned: Day Three
Fools Rush In
Before I get into the meat of today’s lesson, I must reiterate that I LOVE MY DOG COOPER and I’m glad that he’s part of our family. I mean, look at this face…
But, as much as we love Cooper, we rushed the decision to add him to the family. It’s all worked out in the end, but that first nine months were hell.
My wife and I moved into our first house together after we got married in 2007 (which can also be mentioned in the fools rush in theme as well since we bought right before the housing market crashed and one month before the first time home buyer tax credit was approved…). When it got to be winter time, the new pet bug started to hit us. We weren’t quite ready for it, but somehow we justified it in our heads. We each had a day off from work and we realized we were about to get a week off in January of the next year. One week was the perfect amount of time to train a new puppy, right? It was settled, we were getting a dog. More importantly, we were getting a Golden Retriever. We went to the library and started looking for puppies in the classified section because the breeder we wanted didn’t have puppies available.
After finding the ad that looked the best to us, we called up and made an appointment. When we saw Cooper, we fell in love. The only thing we didn’t know was that he had some medical issues. He wasn’t keeping his food down. We tried to call the guy who sold us our new pup and he became very hard to get in touch with. It became clear to me that we were potentially sold a bill of goods…especially since Cooper started looking more Lab than Golden Retriever.
Our vet had us trying new foods, doing bloods tests, and taking medicine. He thought Cooper had Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Now, as you can imagine, I have plenty of poo stories to tell about Cooper’s first nine months (one of the best being the time when Rachel and I got stranded in an ice storm with a flat tire on the freeway while Baby Cooper was home alone), but I won’t.
One of our friends heard us talking about Cooper one day at work and referred us to his vet (Thanks Darren!). His vet preferred a more holistic approach to medicine and he was able to successfully diagnose Cooper with a food allergy. We are forever grateful to Darren and to our new vet, Dr. Smith at Petcare in Ann Arbor, MI. Since then, we’ve kept Cooper’s issues at bay. Cooper is now almost five-years-old, and it looks as if his allergies are gone.
Even though we may have rushed into getting Cooper, things worked out in the end. We learned that we needed to have a little more patience when making major life decisions (well, patience for everything I suppose). Plus, there’s another happy turn to this story.
That’s right, we now have two of the best dogs ever. They’re loyal, affectionate, and amazing with our daughter.