I’m sure not all of you believed me when I said wasn’t goingto do any wedding planning or wedding thinking for one whole week. Maybe this will help convince you – we got a dog!! I know, I know, the amount of life events going on in our apartment right now is insane. Truthfully, we are a little more excited about the dog than the engagement. My parents offered to throw us an engagement party in a few weeks and our response was, “But that’s the date of Chunk’s welcome party…”
Introducing Sir Chunkmaster Flex of Carnegie Hill. You can call him Chunk for short.
So, we don’t have him at home yet, but are going to pick him up from his foster moms’ apartment this Friday – and we are SO EXCITED! So, for all of you wondering how I was going to occupy my anti-wedding week, I will be doggy-preparing and doggy-proofing our apartment. The checklist of getting ready for a new dog vs. planning a wedding is so much easier to wrap my head around.
After we lost Arkam to another adopter, we started looking for our future pup online. It took longer than we thought it would because we were so heartbroken over losing Arkam. We met a few other dogs, and while they were cute and well-behaved, the emotional connection was never there. We finally found Chunk and are so happy we did because we think he’s the best dog ever. Chunk was rescued from the AC&C by the Bully Project. They’ve brought him back to health and put him in a loving foster home, where he has been for the past 2 months. As soon as we saw his pictures online, we were in love – like stupid, goofy, giggling school-girl love. After stalking Chunk online for 2 days, we arranged for a meet and greet at his foster moms’ apartment, hoping and praying that he was a good match for us – and turns out he is! We’re told Chunk is great with people (I can verify this since as soon as we sat on the couch, he sat on my feet waiting to be hugged) and great with most dogs (he sometimes doesn’t get along with other large male dogs). We will be able to continue Chunk’s training, teaching him to have better leash manners and to focus on us when we are out for walks, rather than all the trees, garbage bags, lamp posts, and other animals (who can blame him, I’m sure they all smell fantastic). We are so grateful to the Bully Project and his fosters for rescuing and taking such good care of Chunk, and showing him all the love they did.
To answer the burning question, he is a 4 year old pitbull mix (looks like there could be some Lab in there, but we don’t know for sure). Every time we tell this to family and friends, the immediate reaction is “Pitbull?!? Oh no…”
Oh yes. And before you go bashing the breed and start judging us, we acknowledge the pitbull history and are aware that dog aggression is in their DNA. However, Mr. S and I believe that every dog should be judged individually and that with proper socialization and the proper owner, pitbulls can be wonderful and devoted pets. And after interacting with Chunk, we have no doubt that he will fit in right at home with us. We are not claiming ignorance of the breed – we fully accept the responsibility of owning a pitbull, which includes disciplined training, careful and thoughtful interactions with other dogs, making sure Chunk is an outstanding member of the community (pick up that poop!), and hopefully educating the general public about the breed. I don’t know if I’m ready for the prejudice against my new family member, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that nobody has a reason to not like him. And, I mean, how could you not love this face?