Post # 1
On Friday my spouse & I agreed to foster a puppy (all his littermates had already been adopted and he was terribly lonesome for some canine company), and it got me wondering how many other people have fostered rescues until they find a home?
We’re hoping the shelter will be able to find a good home that is prepared for him (Husky Shepard cross — stubborn, smart, protective, doubly vocal escape artist anyone?) but the shelter already called us to say that one of the homes that took his sister is starting to second guess their decision (because of the talkative nature of the dog).
We can already see the foster pup growing an attachment to our 7month old pup, and feel a bit badly that they’ll be separated eventually.
and of course, gratuitously adorable photographic evidence:
Post # 3
I would love to foster a pup, but I would be worried about how Virgil would react to another dog. He had evidence of dog bites on him when the shelter got him, so he had either attacked by another pack when he was a stray or he was maybe used for fighting. Either way, he’s occasionally freaked out by other dogs.
Post # 4
Aww…so freaking cute.
We’ve fostered lots of puppies, the first one tore at my heart a bunch. Usually puppies are adopted fairly quickly but our first was with us the longest, a bit over a month. He was a curious little pup but had very much formed an attachment to us and would come back and cuddlle next to us when he was done checking out his new people. We also have an older dog and his mom was with us as well so it was all sorts of sad. But the lady sent us pictures and info a week later and he looked like the happiest little guy. With the place who we were fostering with they gave us an opportunity to ask the adopters questions and give our approval as well, so that made us feel a little better. We also tried to make sure the puppies had lots of people exposure, especially if they were kinda shy, so it wouldn’t be too traumatic to leave the only person they were used to since they were used to lots of people.
Post # 5
aww that’s so sad! Poor Virgil 🙁
I wouldn’t blame him for being cautious/nervous around strange dogs if he had been attacked/made to fight though.
These little guys (there were 5 of them) were found wandering around a remote reserve, their mother had abandon them because she was too young to have had pups (>1year).
It’s funny that even though our dog is only 7months we have already forgot how much work a puppy is. This weekend has been a crash course of ‘parenting’ complete with all nighters and daily bath times due to accidents 😛
Though he is too cute for his own good, I have the feeling he is going to grow into a beast! (size wise at least) .
Post # 6
Holy crap, that’s one cute puppy!
I would love to foster dogs. The only thing holding me back is that I can’t afford to board two dogs when I go out of town 🙁
Post # 7
That is my spouses biggest concern, he doesn’t want to get attached unless we decide to keep him (which I really don’t think we have the time or energy for, even if we really wanted too).
Luckily this guy seems to be fearless, is curious and outgoing, loves people and has even dared the small set of stairs at our entryway without batting an eye. We’ve been having visitors this weekend to socialize him a bit and get him used to people coming and going, especially because of his breed
which can have a tendency towards protective nature.
Post # 9
Oh my gosh that is SO cute!!!!
We started fostering this year in January. Our first foster is a puppymill survivor and after getting all her vet care done, was adopted within 3 weeks of having her. So that was a great first experience.
Our second foster was a dachshund (weiner dog) named Douglas. He also stayed with us for less than a month and was adopted to a wonderful home.
Our third foster, Wilson, that we have now, is a lot more work than the first two. He was found as a stray and spent months in a shelter 🙁 He’s now with a rescue organization and we’re fostering him until he finds a home. Unfortunately he didn’t have the opportunity to learn how to “play” and interact with other dogs and bites constantly. This is cute when it’s a small puppy, but innappropriate for a big dog like him. He’s a mix of German Shepard (or husky) and pug. So we’re trying to teach him, it’s hard. He has no idea how to relate appropriately to us or my other dog. He’s not agressive though (when eating or with sharing his toys), he just has no idea how to play. We’re hoping that with some time and training, he’ll stop play biting.