If you’re not a dog lover, you’re probably disappointed in the blog lately as it’s really “gone to the dogs”. I promise that last post for a bit.
Life as a foster mom has been a whirlwind lately. Please don’t let that ever discourage you from fostering. I really signed up for this and could have easily taken a break and not taken these last two pups…but, I wanted to.
Before I tell you about the puppy’s big day yesterday, I want to tell you the rest of the story about Rusty. You can all follow up on Rusty’s story as Rusty’s mom told about him on her blog. You can find it HERE. I am supposed to be discrete about where dogs that I care for go…but Connie, Rusty’s new mom wrote about Rusy on her blog today so I figured it was now public information and I could share. If you follow Free Motion by the River written by Connie, then you already know Rusty’s new mom, Connie. If you don’t read Connie’s blog, I think you’re in for a big treat. Feel free to go check her out and her first post about Rusty HERE.
Now, back to the puppies…
The truth of fostering and how quickly we can get dogs into their furever homes is largely due to the vets and the openings they have to get our dogs in. When I got Rusty, his appointment was a week out. So he lived with me for a week, got his vet work done, and then had to heal before we could list him. During that time, the Australian Shepherds were released and I couldn’t foster any of them. That’s totally okay, but we want to keep the dogs moving so we have foster openings should we need them.
Also, we want dogs to keep moving so they don’t get attached to their foster and then have to do another big readjustment once they get to their furever home.
When I requested an appointment for these girls, they had an appointment for the next day and I took it. I called and said, wait, we were going to spay them so I might need to make other appointments. They told me maybe they would squeeze them.
So yesterday I took the puppies in. I had my grandsons Anders and Gannon with so it was quite the event to get everyone into the office. The puppies are just learning leash training and don’t walk very well at all…but, we’re working on it and they are improving.
The dogs were initially only supposed to get shots. I asked how soon spay appointments might be open and they said it was a slower day so they would sneak them in and do it that day. YAHOO!!
I left them there and went home to take care of the grandsons.
I called later in the day and yes, the puppies would be ready by closing time so I scrambled, getting the boys ready to drop off, and then made a run to pick up the puppies.
A bit shout out to my sister and her husband. They were up visiting and brought me some kennels they had that they weren’t using. This bigger one was perfect so both of the puppies could be in one kennel.
The pups came home pretty groggy but perked up for a picture.
Whew…I thought I could take a breather and get caught up on life. All of my time was either dedicated to dogs or catching up on the blog. I didn’t even touch my sewing room these last two days…but first I had to get the blog posts written for tomorrow.
I sat down at the computer and sent a message to my brother-in-law thanking them for the dog kennels. I sent an update on the dogs to the people I volunteer with and started writing this post. Then I got a message reminding me that the vet work on these gals was done so we needed to put together pictures and a description for each dog.
I decided to do that right away…
Do you know how… hard it is to get pictures of only one dog at a time?? HARD…but aren’t they cute?
This is BeeBee. I ended up getting these pictures of her.
She’s a sweet pup. I’ll admit, she’s my favorite.
I think it’s because she is a little calmer.
She has heavier or thicker fur. Her undercoat is gray so I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned grayer as she ages.
CeeCee is much more photogenic.
Her colorings make her so cute. I’ve had several people comment on her coloring.
She is a little spicier than BeeBee. As I open the gate to the pen, she’ll quickly try to sneak out. She is the more curious of the two too. Yesterday morning before the visit to the vet, she jumped up on the little kids’ table Gannon was playing with Legos at. She’s rambunctious.
Oh, but look at those eyes. What a cutie.
She’s going to need someone with patience and the want to train her…BeeBee will too, just like any puppy.
These guys will likely be listed with HEART Animal Rescue today so if you’re looking for some energetic puppies, please put in an application. They are an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix. They are three months old. Their parents were likely 40 pounds or so. That should give you an idea of how big they will likely get. You can find adoption forms HERE.
Right now HEART Animal Rescue is holding an auction…they call it a Pawction. You can find it HERE on their Facebook page. They are raising money to help with the needs of the rescue. You can check it out. I am also leaving the donation page information HERE. I was asked by a blog reader to always put the donation page link on every post I write about the dogs I foster so I’ll do as requested.
Do any of you get a Bark Box? If you do would you consider using the code HEARTRESCUE when you check out? If you do, Bark Box will send a $25 donation to the rescue. Isn’t that awesome?
Something anyone can do that is helpful and doesn’t cost a penny is to share my blog posts and dog news with friends or anyone you know who might be looking for a new pet to add to their family. It would be so helpful!!
I want to do a shout-out to everyone at Fredericksburg Vet Clinic in Fredericksburg Iowa. They are proving to be a wonderful partner for my work with HEART Animal Rescue. They assured me that they will do their best to work with the rescue dogs as quickly as they can. They told me that it’s the best thing they can do to help rescue dogs. YES!! It’s so true. I can’t thank them enough. I’ve loved everyone there from Tim at the reception desk to the vet techs to the vet. Thanks so much for being a great partner!!
I’m just loving being a foster…there is always something new or different happening. Someone asked if I would write something up on being a foster as far as what’s expected of me and how I feel about it. I will in a future post. Right now I think I need a little more experience first.
Thanks to all of you for putting up with so many dog posts in recent days…Hopefully, these two will find homes and things will calm down a bit…but maybe won’t calm down, and that’s okay too.