My husband and I adopted our dog, Yoshi, the very first day we moved into an apartment out of college. We had been volunteering at the shelter for months, looking at the new adoptables daily, and Yoshi stole our hearts! He had been neglected and abused, and took a long time to warm up to us. It was over a year before he first barked! He slept on our bed, we fed him his (wet, fancy, all natural) dog food by hand when he was being picky, and he had several Halloween costumes. We joked that he was as needy as a child and treated him like one! Until… we actually had a child.