So I am a dog mom now

These past several days I’ve had a guest, and we’ve been doing quite delightful but exhausting labor. He left this morning and I went to do what I had been postponing until his departure: adopt my mom’s dog.

I had made the decision to adopt her about two weeks ago, but had in the intervening time been getting materials etc. together, and it would have been inconvenient if she’d been here at the same time as my guest. But now she is here. Meet Kinsey:


Before I let her in the house I gave her a thorough brushing, and she will need more of that as she’s shedding. Michael and I are going to give her a bath outside tomorrow; she smells pretty bad. I just got back from taking her for her first walk in her new home. She sniffed many things, went #1 and drank from a puddle.

The cats are very suspicious about the huge furry creature currently occupying their mom’s office, but Kinsey has paid almost no attention to them in the limited opportunities she’s had. I’ve got the office door shut right now, as Kinsey is out of her crate and chilling on the ground behind me.

After she gets her bath and doesn’t smell so much we’ll see about letting her explore the rest of the house. The plan is, until she and the cats are used to each other, to leave the office door open but crate her whenever the humans are out of the house.

I’m hoping one of these times I might return home to find the cats and Kinsey in my office sniffing each other through the bars. I think they will grow to tolerate each other pretty soon and who knows, maybe they will be friends.

Kinsey’s flea treatment has worked and the hair is already growing back on her bald spot. I think she’s got some mats on her haunches as she doesn’t like me brushing there, but that’s what really needs brushing the most. Michael will help me. He isn’t terribly enthusiastic about getting a dog, being more of a cat person, but he is committed to letting her live out her senior years here. I wouldn’t have taken her otherwise.

7 thoughts on “So I am a dog mom now

  1. Siona June 26, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    I am so glad that you are giving Kinsey a new home and new adventures in her senior years. She looks so happy! Good luck.

  2. Amy Colman June 26, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Hey Meaghan! I’m so happy you are giving Kinsey a whole new world to experience in her later years. She’s got such a big smile on her face! My Mom did the same and she had cats. She bought these room diffusers that you can buy at PetSmart or Petco that release a bonding hormone and it really helped her dog and cats get along. Humans can’t smell it but animals can. Just a thought…

    • Meaghan June 27, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Kinsey now has the run of the house but the cats are still avoiding her. There haven’t been any incidents and I think things are going about as well as expected.

  3. Lynn June 27, 2018 / 12:36 am

    Giving a final and forever home to a senior dog is highly commendable. I know from years of reading your site and blog that you are an extraordinary, and extraordinarily good person. Taking care of Kinsey, and now sharing your home with Kinsey – you’ve outdone yourself. Applause, applause, applause.

    • Meaghan June 27, 2018 / 6:38 am

      Thank you for your kind comment! I only came over to house- and dog-sit for my mom earlier this week and over those few days I really fell in love with her and wanted to give her a better place to live than the garage.

      She spent the night locked in my office. She did fine, didn’t make a mess, and we just got back from our morning walk.

      • Lynn June 27, 2018 / 10:53 am

        Wonderful! Off to a great start. I’m sure she is thrilled to be out of the garage. You are such a good person. Thank you for all the goodness and light you bring to the world. 👏💐❤️🇨🇦

  4. Christie Groves June 27, 2018 / 12:53 am

    So happy she is in a good space she looks happy, I am sure you are too! YAY! xoxo

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