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Life with a dog

November 24, 2017

A couple of years ago we got a dog. The Mr. and I had talked for a long time about taking this step. Having a pet is a huge responsibility and I was pretty worried about how we would juggle our home routine to accommodate a furball. Virtually everything we do now means we also have to take our furball into consideration.

So how did we get this guy?

It all happened very quickly.

On a break between periods during the 2015 World Hockey Championships, I said to the Mr. “Hey, we have time now – let’s look for a dog!”

A friend at work had mentioned a few places where we could search for dogs on the net. I actually had criteria for getting a dog. First and foremost, I wanted a dog that needed a home. I didn’t want a puppy, I didn’t want a purebred (damn, they’re expensive!!), it had to be good with kids, a small-medium-sized dog would be great…

Within minutes of searching we found this guy. His original name was *Riku, but we changed it slightly. (*For the purposes of this entry, I will call him Riku.)

Riku was one of the first dogs we found in our search and I told the Mr. we should ask about him. So he sent a message to the man selling him, and we found out we were not the only people interested in him. To make a long story short, we wound up getting Riku because the seller (and his “breeder”) liked us and liked the way the dog acted with the Little Miss. He was ours for the taking! We’ve sent a few updates to his breeder and he’s really pleased to hear that things are going well.

Riku’s story goes something like this, his breeder has a female hunting dog and she had some “fun” out in the field, resulting in a litter of mixed breed puppies. He apparently went to a retired couple and they wound up returning him. I can understand why because he’s very busy and energetic. Riku needs lots of walks and play time – Every. Single. Day. We heard that one of the couple didn’t want him anymore and hence his need for a new home.

He was about seven months old when we got him and he was well-trained. I have zero complaints – save one. He is a complete jerk around most other dogs, which makes me think he didn’t see a whole lot of other dogs when he was younger. We’re still working on that, but otherwise, he is an incredibly friendly, loving dog. It’s a pity we never got to see what Riku looked like and acted like when he was a small puppy because I am sure he was a real scream. He never fails to make me laugh or smile on a daily basis. 🙂

I can’t imagine our home without Riku and we have adapted our life and schedule quite well, he fits right in. So this monumental task of getting a dog was not nearly as tough as I thought it would be. Finland is a really dog-friendly country on the whole and it is pretty easy to find places to stay that accept dogs when we are on the road.

It was a really good life choice for our household, made at exactly the right time. I wouldn’t change a thing!

There has even been discussion of getting another dog… But maybe one is enough for now! 😀

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2017 11:03 am

    Interesting. I am wandering what the situation is with the dogs in Finland? Because here in Bulgaria we have a lot of problems with the dogs. People which raise dogs in their apartments don’t want to train them. In a result all day we hear only barking and whining?

    • December 15, 2017 12:05 pm

      I think most Finnish people are very concerned dog owners and they take good care of their animals.

  2. anonymous permalink
    December 4, 2017 5:28 pm

    So, now that länsimetro seems to have opened and the connecting public transport has presumably been somewhat sorted out (I think..?), what are your thoughts? Have they changed from your previous views?

    • December 15, 2017 12:04 pm

      No change – just tested the new reittiopas and it will take me two and half hours of public transit + walking to get to and from work every day. As much as I hate to admit it, we had to get the second car. :-/

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