When I applied to adopt a rescue dog, I had no idea what was in store.
I was about to embark on a journey with an untrained three-year-old Chihuahua from Ohio.
Here are a few things he's taught me on this journey:
1. Food tastes better when you throw it all over the floor.
It tastes even better when you eat it on the couch and get crumbs everywhere.
2. Housebreaking is the least fun part.
Be prepared to do a lot of laundry. Everything you own will get peed on. Gone are the days of area rugs.
3. They are afraid of all kinds of things.
The TV remote, pieces of paper, plastic bags, dead bugs, their own farts, toys, leaves, cell phones, spoons. That's just to name a few.
4. Once they start to get the hang of asking to go outside, they will ask.
Every two seconds.
5. Did I mention everything will get peed on?
Like the bed. Three times.
6. You learn to celebrate little milestones.
Like learning how to play with toys and not chewing on their own feet.
7. They know no boundaries.
Had a bad day at work and you just want to lie on the couch? Hope you're looking for a dog sitting on your head, because that's what you're getting.
8. You'll never have to go to the bathroom alone.
Or do anything alone, for that matter.
9. They have triggers.
Triggers that never fully go away. Bearded men and a pointed finger, for example.
10. No one creature will ever love you as much as a rescue dog.
You are their savior and they will treat you as the royalty you are.