My husband and I are were looking to expand our little family because I am not working right now and we thought it might be a good time to adopt a puppy. Sounds easy, right? Well it is not for lack of options that made this task difficult, it is because there are so many puppies and dogs in Brazil that need a good home. Two of our friends at Yale adopted two dogs in Brazil and found it to be a very rewarding experience.
Like in America there are several breeders of dogs and so when we first talked about getting a puppy, my husband’s friend offered to sell us one of his litter pups that were coming in a couple of weeks. This idea didn’t sit well with me because every dog I’ve ever owned has been a rescue. Plus when looking to purchase a dog we found several breeders selling their puppies for R$500 to R$1,000 reis, CRAZY!
Are initial search began in Curitiba with my mother-in-law who has four rescue dogs. She contacted a local foster home to help us find a dog, but unfortunately all of the dogs we liked were too big and it just wouldn’t be fair to them being stuck in an apartment. So back in Sao Paulo we started a new search and found several websites that have rescues on them; we found these two to be the most helpful: http://www.animaisos.org/ (which has an English option), and http://www.adotacao.com.br/. The only problem was that we liked so many dogs and we had to email the people individually to go see the dogs; it wasn’t very efficient for us.
That’s when I found this website http://adotacao.blogspot.com.br/ . Every week they post all the adoption fairs around the city for the weekend. So Saturday we set off early to see if we could find a dog. Our first stop was in the Higienópolis neighborhood at a Pet shop, the fair had started at 9am and by the time we got there at 11am there was one dog left and he was a scruffy little thing, not really a good fit. Our next stop was at the Pão de Açúcar parking lot in the Pinheiros neighborhood the fair started at 11am so there were about 7 or 8 little dogs and puppies. My husband and I were immediately drawn two little black puppies 5 months old and sisters; Tina Turner and Janis Joplin.
Tina Turner was a sweet docile girl who would come up and let you pet her but was not overly excited about anything. Janis on the other hand was bouncing up and down and at one point was trying to tear her way out of the crate. I ask the woman the back-story on the puppies and she said (in English) “I found their mother on the street, she was pregnant and so I rescued her. She had ten puppies; eight of them were blond and were already adopted so these are the last two.”
After a brief discussion with my husband he and I both knew that Tina Turner was the right choice, especially because we live in an apartment. After some paper work, an interview, R$50.00, a prayer, and the sign of the cross and we were on our way. As we drove away my husband asked “Are we going to keep the name Tina?” In the end we decided to change it to Nina because Tina doesn’t sound good in Portuguese and we thought it wouldn’t be too confusing.