What I Learned by Adopting a Dog

totally innocent dog surrounded by pillow stuffing

Christmas came early this past year when four furry legs and a tail bounded through our front door. This made my fiancé and me two things: 1. Overjoyed; and 2. Brand-new puppy parents.

We were quick to shower her with love, toys and tutus, but we also knew our level of responsibility was now much higher. There were things we knew to do: schedule a trip to the vet for vaccinations and spaying, stock up on flea and tick medicine and map different walk routes. And, yet, as our lovable rescue learned how to sit and stay, we learned that we were just scratching the surface of really taking care of her.

For instance, what if we were to get into a car accident on the way to the vet and she was injured? Or what if we got the vet safely, but she got nervous and knocked something over in the waiting room? Or worse, knocked over the vet technician?

Just like with any relationship, you want the best (behavior) for those you love. The story of Benny and Banjo has taught us a lot about how to be there for each other.


For those things we still weren’t sure of, we asked our local Erie Insurance agent. It gives us peace of mind to know our pooch is healthy, happy, and protected.

These helpful infographics, lists of tips and quizzes is also a fun way to test and solidify your knowledge:

Just for Fun

Love Your Pet Day Infographic

Quiz: Do You Know as Much About Your Dog as a Vet Does?

Quiz: Do You Know as Much About Your Cat as a Vet Does?  

Keeping Your Furry Friend Safe Throughout the Year

Top Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Four Winter Tips for Your Four-legged Friends

When You Take Your Pup Out and About

10 Tips for a Successful (and Less Stressful) Vet Visit

What to Know About Cat and Dog Etiquette

Petiquette at Doggy Day Care

Petiquette at the Dog Park and Beyond

Petiquette While Traveling

Petiquette at the Vet or Groomer

How to Keep Pets Safe in Cars

How to Buckle Up Your Pup 

On Protecting Others

How to Prevent Dog Bites

Infographic: How Often Dogs Bite

Video: How to Avoid Dog Bites

A writer reflects on being a new dog owner--and shares helpful information about how to keep any pet safe and happy. /blog/pet-post Erie Insurance