Alma’s First Week

Alma has now officially been part of our household for a full week!


When the Husband and I decided to adopt a young adult dog instead of getting a puppy from a breeder, we knew there would be lots of benefits and drawbacks.

For the benefits, well, we’d get to skip all of the ‘typical’ puppy frustrations: middle of the night bathroom breaks, house training, nipping, chewing, and what I like to call general “Puppy A.D.D.” when training starts out.  We might miss out on the short – but very cute – puppy phase, but we also forego the aforementioned.  And it’s not like Moses was a terribly difficult puppy, but it’s near impossible to guarantee a Moses 2.0 no matter where we’d get a puppy.

On the other hand, adopting an adult dog has its risks.  You’ve missed some of the formative years of the dog’s life, and by the time they are around two years old, the dog’s habits, manners, and temperament can be well-established.  This is really both good and bad, because while you know what to expect, you may also have some challenges ahead.

This was a reality we accepted and prepared ourselves for.

I mean, I’ve met lots of amazing, friendly, well and easily trained rescue dogs.  But I’ve also heard and witnessed stories of dogs with serious histories to work though: obsessions, reactivities, even aggressions.

Discussions with Alma’s foster mom before we picked her up hinted at a bit of shyness or insecurity around people (which would be reasonable) and food aggression (also understandable, despite whether or not it’s acceptable).

So, given Alma’s history of neglect and unwant, we weren’t quite sure to expect.  How would she interact with us? How would she and Moses get along? And the cats? How would she adjust to life inside the house?  She’d never been walked before – how challenging would that be?

Well, it turns out, Alma’s transition has been near seamless!

Sure, we may have a couple of things to work through with her (which I will write about on another day), but it’s nothing we can’t overcome and she’s a fast and willing learner.

Alma & Moses

Alma and Moses are two peas in a pod.  We actually could not have asked that the two of them get along any better.  In fact, she seems to almost breathe new life in Moses while he’s still on the road to recovery.

She’s also very respectful of the cats and the kitten has even permitted her a couple of sniffs.

And around people?

Well, I continually find myself baffled that Alma was surrendered in the first place – she is such a sweetheart.  She’s very affectionate and, like a typical Newf, wants nothing more than to hang out where we are.  (Which makes thinking of her former life that much more sad and angering, really.)

A new walking buddy

In short, Alma’s first week has been great!

Sure, there are risks adding a second dog to any family – no matter where that dog comes from – but for us, it has only been a week and it has already been completely worth it.

About ThatJenK
Writing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 90% pictures of my dogs; 10% miscellaneous opinions nobody asked for.

9 Responses to Alma’s First Week

  1. Alma looks so content and seems to fit right in. How cool! : )

  2. 2browndawgs says:

    Alma looks like she is fitting right in. She is just so cute I can’t hardly stand it! I just love the picture of her sitting so nicely next to Moses. 🙂

  3. Jen says:

    I just can not get over how similar Alma and Leroy look alike. In that first picture if she was brown, I would swear it was Leroy, her eyes, her head, her expression, her legs and even the way she sits. It’s like they are twins!

    I am so glad to hear that she is transitioning well and that even though she had a sketchy path it sounds like she has still retained the wonderful Newfy characteristics:)

    • thatjenk says:

      You are so right – she looks like she could be Leroy’s sister! Especially in the top one where you can see a hint of brown in her fur. The three of them – Leroy, Alma, and Moses – all have those big square Newf heads.

  4. I can’t stand it anymore, I’m getting on a plane to Calgary and coming to bury myself in her fur. I LOVE Newfs, will never own one, and NEED A FIX!

  5. lauren says:

    that last shot there is another fantastic photo! i assume that’s calgary in the background? how gorgeous–both dog and town! a big congrats to you guys on the adjustment period going so well. can’t wait to learn more about alma.

  6. Pup Fan says:

    So glad to hear things are going well! What wonderful photos you took!

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