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!
Attempting to meet catsTaking long naps Pondering poultry
Relaxing with toys after a meal
Going for car rides
Blue Belle and Hudson Bay have left the building!!!
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.
I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything and I’m sure you’re all wondering where I’ve been. Well, in short, we lost my Mom at the end of July, switched voice over ip phone systems at work (what a nightmare), took a long weekend with some of my favorite girls, had a new server installed at work at the same time our installer lost his Dad and his backup had family emergencies as well. (deep breath in, ssslllooowww exhale out). With all that we are also attempting to sell my Moms house without an agent and I think it’s starting to weigh on my husband who has been acting as the real estate agent since he is bi-lingual. I think it may be time to find a pro!
That’s a lot, isn’t it!? Well don’t feel too bad for the ol’ hubby because in the midst of all that, my boss came to me in September and asked if I wanted (ha ha) to go to a conference in, of all places, Orlando! For those of who you don’t know my husband, over the last 30 years he has connived 🙂 a trip to Orlando between 8 – 10 times. To say this is one of his favorite vacations would definitely be an understatement! He earned this one though, so while I sat in a hotel conference for 8 – 9 hours a day, he putzed around Orlando sending me texts of all the places he’d been! Not a bad way to see Disney if ya ask me! (Don’t feel bad for me either, we took some time for vacation as well!)
Honestly, I’ve had this blog on my mind for some time since my mom passed away in July but never really came up with anything that I felt would warrant a post. Today, I got a tag on Facebook from a lady I know who works with a rescue group (Chicago Pit Stop to give them a plug) who has been trying to get me to foster for them for some time. My first thought was that there were puppies at Chicago Animal and Control that needed rescuing and they couldn’t be pulled until she had a foster home set up (her tags make me nervous because I am SSOO ready to foster again). To my surprise, this is the picture she tagged me in! Can you imagine how tickled I was! OK, I’m biased, but aren’t my babies gorgeous!
Darwin, Duke, Delilah and Dixie!
Fosters puppies are coming soon too! Feelin’ the urge!
Don’t forget that October is breast cancer awareness month also! My mom was a breast cancer survivor <3!!
I said to my husband the other day, ‘for as many dogs as I’ve had in my life; I’ve never had a relationship with one like I do with Duke’ (and more & more daily with Delilah). maybe that comes with age, NO maturity (because that doesn’t necessarily come with age). I’ve said time and time again, I’ve has learned so much beginning with my sons’ dog Harley about dogs – I can’ just watch them all day anymore (maybe that comes with age?).
Long ago, whatever was leftover didn’t get thrown away, it went in the dogs bowl! I wonder if the life expectancy of our beloved canines are longer now because we know better? I’m sure most o the items at the bottom of this list were fed to our animals! I DO give my dogs table scraps, I know some people are against this. I am, however, much more cautious about what I am passing to them.
Feel free to save the picture and post it on your fridge!
Independence Day is fast approaching! This year it ends up on a Thursday with many companies closing on the 5th for extended weekends.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR BABIES SAFE THIS YEAR!
I am such a bad person when it comes to commitment and consistency as evident in my posts to this blog!! I sometimes find it hard to find things to ‘write’ about, even with 2 of my own dogs and 2 grand-dogs; they on the other hand can be pretty consistent and do the same things all day long which doesn’t give me much to go with in the ‘journalism’ department!
Today, however, I had an experience that I just have to share! My son lives just a mile away so this morning I walked over to pickup my grand-puppies rather than drive to get them! Thought I’d get a bit of exercise since it was such a lovely day! Doesn’t sound like a big deal but I had my two puppies with me! This means, I’d be going home with 4 dogs, two of which are 1 year or younger! I’m sure professional dog walkers do this everyday, maybe even a few times a day but this was my first!
I couldn’t hold my head high enough! I would love to say it was my good looks that had heads turning this morning but I must give the kudos to my fabulous puppies and obedience training! They did such a fantastic job and look at the happy faces when we got home (don’t ya just love a pittie smile)!!! There is nothing like walking down the street, FOUR PIT-BULL TYPE DOGS IN HAND walking calmly and respectfully!!! Cesar Millan, you would have been impressed!
Aren’t they gorgeous!?
Delilah, Darwin, Duke and Dixie
You made me proud this morning!
LOVE YOU BUNCHES!!!!