Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fostering 1-26-2012

Sorry I've been so slow with updating my blog... I have a good excuse... actually a few :-) We've been fostering some dogs... 1 adult dog and 3 puppies since the last week of December. The nice thing is that, aside from the fun we've had with all of them, we've found them all homes too. We are working with a small shelter in the next county that is filled to the rim with dogs and cats. Their county is very rural and they are the only shelter. It's called Madison County Pet Shelter and they are about an hour away from us. We first became aware of them when we saw their group having an adoption event at a local store. After speaking with them, well, I hadn't been able to get them out of my head. It was clear they needed more volunteers and foster families.

Well, not only are we helping them out with fostering, we are networking and I hope we can teach some of the other volunteers how to harness the power of the internet (especially FB) and network these pets to get them adopted. This area isn't exactly on the cutting edge of the internet. There are so many stores and restaurants that don't even have a website - it's rather crazy, especially coming from an area where everyone has a website! Anyway, they have a couple of their pets posted on petfinder and only a handful on their FB page, and I find that sadly lacking. We've even participated in one of their adoption events, which I didn't think I would like, but turned out to enjoy. So my family and I are doing our part and hopefully even if we do this for only a short time, we make an impact. I mention that we may only do this for a short time because the last puppy we fostered, we really started getting attached to and it was very sad to see him go even though his new family loves him a lot. And even harder than how we feel is to see my dog, Charlie, pouting and moping around because he misses the little guy. Charlie is really a good dad and has had a good time playing with and teaching these puppies. Anyway, here are some pictures.....


This is Lola, she's a Corgi/Chihuahua mix between 2-3 years old. She's a lovely little girl, she'd been at the shelter for 4 months (brought in with another dog, listed as found) and was clearly eager to get out of there. She was spayed the day after we took her home, we took care of her during her recovery and got to know her. We found her a family with 2 kids, a dad and a grandma, so someone was home with her all day. She was with us for 2 weeks.



These two little guys are the Italian Brothers... Mario and Luigi! They are Dachshund/Lab mixes (best guess) that were found in a ditch. They are adorable and we had a good time with them. They were adopted quite quickly and their families are enjoying them a lot! They were with us less than a week!


This is Hootie... he's a 12 week old English Pointer/Lab mix and is incredibly smart. We had him for about 2.5 weeks and in that time he learned to sit and lay down, learned the word "no" and was doing well with learning bite inhibition. He was also doing great with potty training and rarely had an accident. Crate training was the hard part, he didn't like it. But with perserverence and the right rewards for him and after 9 days, he would sleep peacefully in his crate all night long. The rewards he required were a big raw hide bone and a big stuffed monkey to sleep with, other toys and a kong filled with peanut butter didn't appeal to him at all. Oh and a loud ticking clock on the top of his crate also helped... now that he has been in his new home for 2 nights, I think I need the ticking clock to help me sleep at night LOL. Anyway, Charlie and Apple both loved him and had a lot of fun playing with him. Charlie really took to him right away and was doing a good job playing with him and watching over him.


So, now that Hootie has been adopted, we'll be going back to the shelter this weekend and hopefully finding another dog or puppy that will fit in our household while we try to find him/her a home. We are trying to be smart and only bringing home puppies or dogs that we know get along with other dogs and cats.... Our cats liked Lola, didn't like the Italian Brothers, and liked Hootie... I would foster cats, but I have a proven history of bonding with them, cats take longer to adjust to new environments, and my daughter is proving to be a bonafide cat lady.