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About oschar83

???? I hate these things! I'm a bit fickle so it's hard to put in what is important! I love my husband, two kids and my dog! I coupon, garden, decorate, watch tv, like movies and walking my dog, sometimes, just doing absolutely nothing at all!

Long ago…

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…and not so far away…ok, I have been far away! 2 years away (from this blog anyway)! 😱 My last post/fosters were Homer and Nitro! That was May 2016! As of March 4, 2016 and after 2 months shy of 23 years, I am unemployed (although I think we can officially call it retired)! What I initially thought was one of my lifes worse nightmares turned into one of its biggest blessings! Life really is crazy!! Since then our family has sold two houses (ours and my oldest son), bought two houses (1.5 acres for us/5 for my son), my oldest got married and we’ve just about rebuilt the house we currently live in! An old 1913-ish farmhouse!

Fast forward to 2018, we are in the final stretch of construction so, of course, I’ve been itching to FINALLY get back into fostering again! Since the https://enlightenedbyadog.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/dont-be-a-chicken-eater/ post, we’ve added more chickens, a rooster, 4 ducks to our flock and a barn cat we named…wait for it…Barney (although Tracy says we should change his name to Homie since he spends more time in the house than the barn)! Duke (& Delilah) are still doing wonderful with their poultry manners!

When I started this blog, my intention was to post things I learned along the way about, from or with my dogs! Honestly, it’s been a lot! If you watch animals and try to understand their language, it’s pretty amazing!!! Watching dogs at the dog park has turned into watching chickens peck the ground and ducks dig in the mud (OMG I’m a country song); learning their language every step of the way!

So now I’d like to introduce you to the latest set of ‘puppies’ I am ‘fostering’…Annie and Oakley A brother/sister pair of Nigerian/Fainter cross Nubian goats born on 6/4/2018 (my youngest sons birthday 🎂)! Not sure when to tell Duke and Delilah they aren’t ‘puppies’ and that they aren’t leaving! 🤔

The enlightenment continues…stayed tuned!

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Don’t be a chicken eater…

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About 3 years ago, my son decided to get chickens so that he didn’t have to buy eggs anymore.  He is getting into all this zombie apocalypse, prepper stuff lately. Or maybe it’s just wanting less to do with corporations or government anything and just be a self sufficient human being! My husband decided to jump on that bandwagon! City girl that I am, my first thought was ‘I may be able to eat the eggs but if you want me to eat that meat, it better come back to the house on styrofoam wrapped in plastic!’  Before you read any further, we haven’t slaughtered a chicken yet!  Keep reading, I don’t see it happening!

Look what we started with!!!

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Obviously, I’m an animal lover!  Needless to say, I fell in love with the ‘chick-i-poos’!!

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They’ve become my chickie girls!  I love watching them run around the yard, scratching the ground looking for bugs, grabbing fruit or veggies that I throw in the yard for them and even eating my hostas.  Even though every country song tells you that’s what ya do when you’re bored; I think it’s hilarious to watch them.  They come as soon as they hear my voice thinking they are gonna get some goodies, probably because they usually do.

BUT, that’s not the reason why I started writing this post.  This is a dogs blog…my Duke LOVES chicken just a little too much!!!

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They say dog training is a never ending process and I can vouch for that!  Duke was 4 or 5 when we got our first chicks.  I should have known the chirping would drive him nuts because he destroys squeaky toys in seconds!  I will forego all the gory details but three chickens later, my Duke can stay in the yard with the chickens BY HIMSELF!!!  (Delilah too but she never cared about the chickens)! It took quite a bit of walking around the yard with him on leash and the chickens fluttering about clucking away until he learned what proper behavior was but he is now a chicken friendly dog!  I even had to teach my husband that Duke was NOT going to eat a chicken because every time they were in the yard together, Duke wanted to chase them.  He had it in his mind that Duke was gonna get a chicken and he was just waiting for it to happen; inevitably, it did!  His energy was setting Duke up for failure!!!

Back to the never ending training process:

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This little munchkin LOVES chickens too!

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You wouldn’t think that a 14-ish week old puppy, or maybe I didn’t think he would, but he caught one!!!!  No damage done, just a tired husband, an excited puppy, a freaked out chicken and a foster momma back on the chicken training path.  He is a pretty quick learner and a good boy so it didn’t take him too long to get what I wanted.  The rest of the training will be up to his new mom and dad though!

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Not only am I finished with my part of fostering this pup but he has already also found his forever home WITH friends of the family so I will be able to see him again and again!!!  Probably a good thing; he reminded me of Duke in more ways than just chicken eatin’. He quite possible could have been a foster failure!!!!

‘If I fostered…

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I would never be able to let the puppy go!’  That’s what I thought too!  Trust me!  That first one!  UGH, it was hard…but seeing this, makes the end result worth it!

Blue Belle with HER family!!! ❤

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Still stalking the website, waiting for Hudson Bay to have his!!! Check out his waggie tail!!!!!

http://www.pawschicago.org/pet-available-for-adoption/showdog/hudson-bay/

Call Me Selfish…

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For me, fostering is a selfish act.  I am a fickle person who changes material things often and I ‘have commitment issues’! I also prefer to keep myself naive because, well, it’s easier on me!  Animal rescue is ugly and heartbreaking! I’ve tried different avenues to help or work with animals/rescues from walking dogs at animal control, visiting rescue cats and cleaning up cages at a local pet store or fostering a pup and taking her from event to event in an attempt to get her adopted; watching people love on her, ask how they would go about adopting her and then never hearing from them 💔 ! I’ve found that fostering puppies for THIS rescue works for me!  I get a new puppy every few weeks, I keep them for what is a short period of time in the rescue world, send them back to the rescue where they stay at an adoption center until they get adopted (which is normally quick because, let’s face it, they’re puppies and puppies get adopted faster than an older dog).  I don’t have to deal with people ‘dissing my kids’ by saying you’d love to adopt them and then never fill out the application!  I get more fun and love than exercise or poop (although it’s really close) and don’t have to deal with the heart wrenching side!  SEE SELFISH!!!

Part of fostering is the cycle that animal ‘owners’ usually take a lifetime to go through.  You get a new puppy (hopefully adopted or rescued) teach it right from wrong, love it even when it’s bad, encourage it when it’s scared, nurse it when it’s sick and say goodbye with hugs, kisses and tears!  This means that your heart is now that much fuller because of all that!!! For people that foster, that ‘lifetime’ could be weeks or months or sometimes years! We know at some point you will HAVE to say goodbye and it is NEVER easy! I knew this foster period was only going to be for days as these two were slated for an event where they would hopefully find immediate homes!!  My job was simply to let them see just a glimpse of what was to come!

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Going for car rides

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Surprisingly, I did not cry for these two!  They are adorably perfect pups and my confidence that they would be placed in forever homes through the event was high.  Blue Belle slept in hers that very night.  Hudson Bay would have to wait.  I will stalk the website until I see that he gets his home as well; I’m sure it will be soon.

What that means for me, is that I get to do it all over again.  A new set of pups will be coming soon and more adventures will follow.

Once a foster parent, always a foster parent…

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Once a foster parent, always a foster parent…

Well, I’ve posted before that I was ‘back’ posting to this blog!  Then we lost one of my sons pups and that was pretty much the end of it!  That was 2013!!!

It’s been 3 years since we fostered, failed and adopted Delilah!  My Munchkeenie Monkeybutt has become a well behaved, feisty, hilarious Pibble!!!

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We now also have Dudley and Sweet Pea in addition to Dixie from my sons pack!

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Tomorrow afternoon instead of getting the mani/pedi I had planned, I’ll be picking up these two:

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YEP!!!!!  Once a foster parent always a foster parent!!!!!

This should be exciting!  😳 STAY TUNED!!!