Fingers crossed and tips needed for first time dog foster mom

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Awww- love the face!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Ms.Dachshund:  I have been fostering for the past 7 years…..its the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done!

 

THANK YOU  for fostering!!!

 

Ok so when they come over they are prob going to look at your house for overall things like: where will he sleep, where will he be during the day, where will the food bowls be, where/when will he go potty. If you have a fenced yard they will be looking to see if he coupld possibly escape thru and unsecured areas…etc

 

Also do you have an adequate crate for him? Its best when you have a new dog you crate train them!

 

Good luck and thank you from one foster mama to another!!!!!

 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper

@Ms.Dachshund:  Congrats on taking that step! Being a foster pet parent is such a rewarding and life saving choice.

For your home check they will really want to ensure the safety of the dog. Make sure that your yard is fully enclosed without any holes in fences or possible dig spots for Brock to escape. They will also be concerned with where his “space” will be. Will he be indoors? Outdoors? They will look into the overall space he will have for exercise as well.

Getting along with your dogs is a concern but it isn’t a deal breaker provided that you have the space/availability to keep them seperated. They will also review your interaction with your dogs as well, knowledgeable dog parents are always a plus.

Side note, Brock looks like he is part Pitt. Do you rent? Or do you own? As another bee posted earlier this week this can be a concern for insurance and rule purposes depending on your situation. Whether you foster or fully adopt once the dog is on your property there are certain rules etc. They might bring this up.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Ms.Dachshund:  Is she being pulled directing from a shelter? I would inquire about and resp issues, virues, or kennel cough which runs rampant in shelters and I don’t want your doggie to get sick!

Its best to be on the safe side for the first week or so until you learn the dogs behaviors to limit contact with your dog especially if you think the foster dog has any illness (many times they do coming from the shelter) I can’t tell you how many fosters I’ve had that have kennel cough which is easily fixable with meds but a pain if that dog gets your other dogs sick which I’ve had to learn the hard way!

Just as much as they are going to ask you questions….you too have the right to ask questions!

Things for you to think about:

If the dog gets sick…where to take her for care?

You want to understand all their requirements for the adoption process so ask about that if you don’t already know!

Overall my experience has been wonderful but I am not gonna lie at times its hard b/c each dog is different and some require more work. My last foster Bently you can read about here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/meet-bentlyour-new-foster-bulldogsaved-from-death-row#axzz2t8Syl6QB   was on 20 pills a day at one point…..I thought I was gonna go nuts…LOL

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@Ms.Dachshund:  I have fostered many pits over the years and they have been some of my best dogs!

PS…..I cry like a baby when they leave!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@Ms.Dachshund:  Excerise him like crazy before they come to get his energy levels down and that should help!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@Ms.Dachshund:  Most ofthe fosters we have adopted out I get emails and updates and tons of pictures! I love that part of it!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Ms.Dachshund:  

Ok I hate to thread jack but just wanted to share some of the babies that we have helped save….there are TONS more but here are a couple of my favorites!

Nemo

He was left in a foreclosed home abandoned

 

 

Hurricane

 

Winston

Rosie and  Tye

Hunter

Bently

 

Bruno

 

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@weddingbound:  You really are amazing.  I’m always so amazed at how much good you do for these dogs!!

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