This post is only and only about our dog’s very first day at home. If you don’t like dogs, (well, you are a terrible person) just skip it and go back to your sad life
We wanted to have a dog since.. forever? But for the past 1,5 years we’re actively planning to have a dog. My roomie, tirrivirri has spent the half of the past year at Italy, so we postponed our dreams until her return.
Some things were certain. We didn’t want to pay for a dog (I mean,how could you BUY animals??) we didn’t want a big dog since we don’t own a house with garden andit would be cruel for the dog.
After we stated to follow pages and websites do adopt a dog, we realised that it won’t be easy. Most of the people who want to give their dogs act like “we can only let families adopt him/her” “We’re only giving our baby to the people who are 25 years old or older” “She can’t be alone at home, no matter what” etc. It was kinda hard. After cople of months, we’ve decided to try our chance at a shelter. We knew it would be heartbreaking since these places are full of unhealty, old or disabled dogs and we simply can’t take care of them.
We decided to visit Yedikule shelter (Municipality of Fatih – Yedikule Shelter and Rehabilitation Center for Stray Animals is the full name) after we’ve seen a beagle in their website When we visited, she was long gone but it was sure that we were going to adopt out dog from there.
I don’t know much about the animal shelters in other countries but in Turkey, they take care of dogs and cats in need and help families adopt them. Yedikule is just like that. They work voluntarily and when people visit, they bring dog and cat foods, biscuits, medicine etc. to help them.
Anyways, there were really cute dogs there, we’ve seen about 100-200 of them (whole shelter has 3000+ dogs in their facility) We applied to adopt, they’ve given us a certain time to meet. Since tirrivirri was busy I went there alone this time. I was kinda nervous because I’ve read that Mrs. Meral Olcay (the voluntary manager ) is strict about people who want to adopt. And you know, we’re not a familt, just two people living together, and I had peuple hair etc.. But she helped a lot, and told me that the dog that we wanted couldn’t be alone in the house due to his aggresive manners, but they had a cocker we didn’t see before. I went to the place she lived with volunteers (15+ dogs attacked me to play in a very small room, it was a little bit scary at first. Also, goodbye my fav pants ) when they were all over me to play this cocker was at the other side of the room, clapping her paws. I knew she was the one.
Getting her was a little bit harder. Waited for tirrivirri for couple of hours, it was just after their closing time when she arrived, and people at the shelter were like “but you’ve decided right, just want to see again?” they brought the dog and OH MY GOD! she was so adorable !! She had her shots, we bought her some stuff ( you can buy them from the shelter to help them) And some hours after we were ready to go. She was nervoud on the way home. There was so much traffic. She slept and try to play and slept again but she was calmer when we got home.
We’ve given her some medicine, cooked her dinner (we were too lazy to cook for ourselves, but not for her!) After that we went outside (we didn’t even know that she was toilet training, AND SHE WAS!!) she just ran everywhere, smelled everything. After spending so much time in a little room at shelter, she was super energetic.
After we got home she was sleepy we let her sleep on her pillow (we even gave her a blanket, because.. reasons??) Sure she got up at 4:00 am and went crazy but somehow we went back to sleep. I had to get up at 8, and we got out (she had to pee) and we walked through the streets about an hour.
Anyways, it was her first day at home. In the morning we had a short walk but I had to go to work, Tirrivirri stayed with her until her class and I came home just a little early. She’s spent an hour alone at home and everything were in place. Cool!
Right now, she’s sleeping next to me with her stupid violet blanket (actually leftover fabric from my Meg cosplay but she doesn’t have to know that ) and I can simply say that this is just like what i imagined.
If you’re planning to have a dog, just go to a shelter and adopt. You’re going to see that it’s the right desicion. And if you can’t , please hlep them, take them food or work at these places voluntarily. I want to thank Meral Olcay and Yedikule Shelter and Rehabilitation Center for Stray Animals again and again for making our dreams come true and giving her to us.
She’s the most beautiful cocker, about two years old, spayed, has light coat and big beautiful black eyes. Her name used to be Yağmur (meaning Rain in Turkish, and it was raining A LOT when we had her) but we’ve decided to change her name to Cookie, because she’s cookie colored and sweet :3
This was Cookie’s story. I’ll post more and more about her later <3