I did a thing.
If you’ve been reading the blog over the last 9 months or so, you know that I’ve been thinking about getting another dog. Three times I was moments away from hitting the yes button and didn’t.
I got all sorts of advice from people saying if I didn’t, I wasn’t ready…others saying just go for it.
Then I had people right and left telling me that I needed to try to adopt one of the 4000 beagles from the testing facility that were released to the Humane Society. If you don’t know about that you can read more HERE.
I did look into that but the beagles haven’t gotten this far into the Midwest and apparently, it’s really hard to get one as people are adopting them much quicker than regular adoptions.
Then I’ve seen all of the posts that Mary at Chicken Scratch Country Threads blog has done on fostering dogs.
Between planning for adopting one of the test facility beagles and seeing Mary foster, that sparked me into rethinking about doing foster care. I did foster care for dogs back when we lived at the farmhouse.
Kramer, my husband, wasn’t really into it. I didn’t mind it. Then we bought this house in town and it needed so much work that I took myself off the foster care list. I didn’t feel I could give the dogs the attention they needed while trying to work on the house…then once in the house, I started in-home childcare, and the thoughts of fostering passed. Life was busy enough.
Here are some of the fosters we had in the past…
and Little Dog.
Those experiences were all pretty good…and… I decided that I am going to do foster care again. I’m not making a lifetime commitment to it but I’ll try a few dogs (one at a time) and if all goes well, I’ll keep it up.
I have been approved for foster care. I was even contacted about taking a dog the day Anders, my new grandson was born. I said no to that one as I didn’t know how much Kalissa would need me with Carver and Gannon or Anders. But I was contacted again…and this time I said, “YES”!
I’ve been talking to the grandkids and the two afterschool kiddos. I’ve been working with them and trying to talk them all through this. So far, they are all onboard. I told the kids we have to teach the dogs how to be a part of a family and do all the dog things…walk on a lease, sit, house trained, kennel trained…all of it. I think they will actually be quite helpful and have a good time with it.
This morning I went and picked up my pup. I had a little information in advance. They sent a picture of matted pups that needed attention…all of them were said to be 5 months or so old. I’m not sharing that picture as it will likely break your heart.
There were three puppies. Apparently, these were “leftovers” that didn’t sell so they were left to run. A lady was able to get these three along with five others. She sold the five others and turned the last three over to HEART, the rescue I am working with. You can find HEART’s website HERE.
When I came to get the pup I had no idea how everything works so the gals, helped me figure it all out. The first thing I found out is that I name the dog. Of course, anyone who adopts her can change her name. I didn’t know so had nothing picked out for a name.
The dogs were sick in the car on the way to meet the foster moms. So once they arrived in town, all of them got a bath. They were also microchipped. Then we headed home.
She has a grooming appointment on Thursday. She has a vet appointment and will get a spay on October 20th. After that, she will be listed on Petfinder and will be ready for her new home.
After consulting with the family, she has become Izzy…because her hair is frizzy. That’s what happens when someone like me has dogs with short hair their whole life and has to name a fuzzy-haired dog.
Izzy LOVES the kids. Under the kitchen table is her safe spot. I can find her there ALL of the time.
She loves the kids a lot. Already I know I would have no problem with her around kids.
Her favorite is Gannon and Gannon really likes her too. He keeps telling her, “It’s okay to be shy.”
I have explained to the kids and keep reminding myself that she has never lived in a house in her whole life so everything is strange and weird. Noises, people around 24/7, no wind or elements…it has to be a huge change for her.
Happily, I think most of the changes are for the better. It’s just day one but as of right now, I’m just thrilled that I am doing foster care again. I told a friend of mine that it’s a great way to volunteer and not have to work with people. HA!!
Izzy is working on some leash training already. One of the things that is hardest for her is going up steps…I suppose if she’s lived her entire life outdoors, steps likely haven’t been a part of it.
Izzy will likely be listed as a six-month-old Aussie/Doodle that is very kid friendly.
Again, she will be available through HEART Rescue. Anyone can put in an application to be approved to adopt. Then once Izzy is listed on the site, you can submit your preapproved application. That will get you in quicker.
So…You’ll likely get lots of dog pictures in the upcoming month as Izzy checks some boxes before she can be adopted. For now, she is making me so happy I volunteered to foster.