As my regular readers know, I’ve been thinking a lot about doing foster care for dogs. Shortly after I wrote this post asking for advice, Hubby and I decided to take the plunge and give it a try even though several of the comments weren’t encouraging. I really didn’t think we would be approved as we don’t have a fenced in yard. But, a day or so later we were notified that yes, they would accept up as fosters.
Just about that time my plate was pretty full. I was gone two weekends in a row and had a busy weekly schedule too. A corgi came up for foster but I just didn’t think it was right to bring a dog home if I didn’t have time to help it make a good transition. Then last week in the weekly update from the Humane Society I saw that they were looking for a foster home for a beagle who was 8 and was an owner surrender. They also said the dog was an outside dog but they wanted her to become an inside dog.
I talked to Hubby and Kelli as she has helped a dog adjust from outside to inside and we decided to give it a try. We had no idea her name or if she even looked like a traditional beagle..we just knew a new experience was coming our way. Before she could come, she had to have vet work done…a spay, shots and lymes testing. Monday after waiting almost a week, we met Dixie.
She looks so much like Kelli’s Puppycat-only so far, Dixie is mellow.
I was worried about house training as she was an outside dog but so far, no accidents. I was worried that she would be a barker (beagles are known for that) but so far, nope. I was worried she would whine and keep us up at night, so far that didn’t happen either. I was worried that Ruby would drive her crazy..that didn’t happen yet either.
Now my worries have changed as Dixie is a little timid…a little shy and a little slow to warm up. I am hoping that with time here she’ll come out of her shell. She needs to seem friendly and out going if she is to get adopted. When I pet her she puts her head down a little like she is scared but that has already improved. I tried to snap a few photos of her but let’s just say, she’s not photogenic yet.
I love her coloring…I love the ticking in the white.
Right now, the only bad thing I can say, and this is entirely no fault of Dixie’s, she smells like an outdoor dog and desperately needs a bath. When I pet her, my hands stink and feel really oily. The bad news on that front, I called the vet and asked if I could give her a bath…nope. I have to wait seven days because of her spay surgery. UGH. But honestly if that is the worst thing…that’s okay. I am just constantly washing my hands!!
I do have to tell you that we picked her up at our vet’s office as the Humane Society uses the same vet we do. One of the Humane Society volunteers was chatting with me in the lobby when the vet came out holding Dixie. The vet was surprised to see me and Kelli and then smiled saying that the Humane Society had found a good place to foster a beagle as the Kramer’s are beagle lovers. That’s true for sure!!
As I type she is sleeping at my feet. She is slowly warming up to me and that is a good thing.
I am eager for her to recover from her surgery and get acclimated. So far, this has been a good experience…but then again, I am only about 24 hours into the adventure. I’ll keep you posted…and no, I am not too attached to let her go. I keep telling myself…she is going to another home…she is going to another home…Maybe yours?? I promise, she’ll have a bath before she comes!!