Dog Fostering

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Yep, that’s right, like I don’t have enough on my plate right now. But hey, what’s one more thing, right?

A friend of mine started fostering a dog and I’ve always thought about it but didn’t know how it all worked. My friend’s dog and my dog have been having so much fun on play dates, that her dog is teaching my dog to play. I was shocked to see them both on the floor, intertwined with each other, nibbling on each others legs, ears, and neck – probably everywhere really! I’ve never seen Sadie do that before so I was feeling like a proud mother. 🙂

After seeing them play each time they were together, it made me realize that Sadie could use a friend at home. I’d take my friends dog but she won’t let me. LOL So my friend showed me some dogs that are in need of fostering through a place she knew about and where she was fostering her new dog currently. I found a few that I’d love to actually adopt but can’t do that quite yet so fostering is the next best thing – after all, this helps dogs find a good home.

I had my phone interview with the rescue place last night and we talked for about 45 minutes. The lady was really nice and gave me a few pointers when it comes to housing multiple dogs and she even gave me a suggestion to help teach Sadie how to chase after a ball. So this summer, we’ll be sure to start working on that!

We discussed some of the concerns I have and she put them to rest very quickly. Some concerns were the dog size = crate size, getting along with other dogs and cats in the house, and house-training – mainly because I work 8-5 and could go home at lunch but a puppy would require more frequent potty trips.

So the next steps are for my friend to come over this weekend and do a home check and help me brainstorm where a crate could go. In the meantime I have to get rabies certificates for both the cats. Molly should be easy as she would have had to have them for flying purposes, but Sebastian, being an indoor cat, I’m honestly not sure the last time he’s had his rabies shot. So I’ll need to make a vet visit and get that taken care of.

If all that is a success, then the rescue will match a dog with me to foster. She did say they like to start off new fosters with a relatively mild and easy dog, and then gradually allowing me to foster more challenging dogs later on. What a relief!

I’m looking forward to giving this a try and it will help to have two dogs to keep me busy while waiting during this child adoption process and to provide a friend to Sadie.

Wish me luck!

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