Foster day getting closer!

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Foster day getting closer!

Post by madamecur » Wed, 30 Jan 2002 07:16:16



Since no one seemed to have lots of tales regarding Foster care for
dogs, I figured I'd start a series of emails on my adventures.

Background: I signed up to volunteer for NEARR (North East All
Retriever Rescue) at the end of last year.  I was in the midst of a
strong desire to get a third lab - a yellow, so I would have all the
colors of the "lab rainbow".  My DH was NOT impressed; he loves our
dogs, but it looking forward to the day that they are no longer
puppies and we can regain some semblance of a life (i haven't told him
that labs never grow up :p ).

I decided that fostering a dog would give me a chance to nurture more
labs, plus give my boys a chance to get used to more dogs, plus we
might help save a few dogs' lives.

Last weekend, we did two other volunteer type things: we did a house
check on a new foster home, and we partially transported a dog from
his old home to a foster home.

My DH fell in love with both of them and wanted to adopt them both (as
did I, truth be told).  I'm starting to really worry about having to
let our foster dog go when she finds her forever family.  And I
haven't even seen her yet!

She should be coming to live with us this weekend.  Molly has
allergies, which is something new to me (allergies in dogs, not
allergies in general).  So it should be interesting.

more to come...

 
 
 

Foster day getting closer!

Post by madamecur » Fri, 01 Feb 2002 06:29:14


Today we got the full evaluation on Molly.  Besides some slight
allergy issues (issues with her paws and ears, but not the rest of her
skin), she is overweight and has some minor behavi***issues.  I'm
guessing it's because the old grrl has been spending much of her time
tethered up outside.

My DH and myself went over the full report (it's amazing the things
they test for!) and tried to be logical, but we both decided we didn't
see anything that a little love and attention couldn't fix.  (i may
have a very different attitude a month from now! time will tell).

Molly will be coming hmoe with us Saturday morning.  Wish us luck!

One more thing: the two dogs we helped last weekend, Ritchie (the
transport)  and Deacon (the house check) are now internet stars.  See:
http://www.moonsgarden.com/

Quote:

> Since no one seemed to have lots of tales regarding Foster care for
> dogs, I figured I'd start a series of emails on my adventures.

> Background: I signed up to volunteer for NEARR (North East All
> Retriever Rescue) at the end of last year.  I was in the midst of a
> strong desire to get a third lab - a yellow, so I would have all the
> colors of the "lab rainbow".  My DH was NOT impressed; he loves our
> dogs, but it looking forward to the day that they are no longer
> puppies and we can regain some semblance of a life (i haven't told him
> that labs never grow up :p ).

> I decided that fostering a dog would give me a chance to nurture more
> labs, plus give my boys a chance to get used to more dogs, plus we
> might help save a few dogs' lives.

> Last weekend, we did two other volunteer type things: we did a house
> check on a new foster home, and we partially transported a dog from
> his old home to a foster home.

> My DH fell in love with both of them and wanted to adopt them both (as
> did I, truth be told).  I'm starting to really worry about having to
> let our foster dog go when she finds her forever family.  And I
> haven't even seen her yet!

> She should be coming to live with us this weekend.  Molly has
> allergies, which is something new to me (allergies in dogs, not
> allergies in general).  So it should be interesting.

> more to come...

 
 
 

Foster day getting closer!

Post by madamecur » Sat, 09 Feb 2002 02:52:59


Well,  the foster day came last Saturday.   I got very nervous at the
end - what if the dogs didn't get along?  Would I be torturing this
alrady harmed dog by bringing her home?

Other than a few minor incidents (she tried to touch Wolfie's frisbee
and his food bowl), Molly has it in quite well.

She's an online star ( http://www.nearr.com/dogs/mollysue020302.html
).

My biggest problem has been slowing her down.  She's been mostly tied
up outside for a long time.  She wants to play for hours,  even tho
her feet are bleeding the whole time.

We're playing frisbee about 2-3 hours a day, so I'm hoping her weight
will start going down (she is grossly overweight; you can grab
handfuls of loose skin).

She also smells a bit.  She's been given weekly baths to address the
smell.. I'm not sure if that makes it worse in the long run, as she
can't have much of her natural oils left.

I think I'll be ok with her temporary-ness.  I'm a little bit more
worried about Brian (she follows him everywhere and cries when he
leaves) and Stoli, who has a playmate who doesn't ignore him like
Wolfie does.

On Sunday, we'll be doing an "adoption day" at Petco.  I'm hoping we
find her an excellent forever home.  She deserves it after everything
she's been through.

 
 
 

Foster day getting closer!

Post by Lori E. Smit » Sat, 09 Feb 2002 10:26:17


Congratulations on your new foster, and trust me, it is a very rewarding
experience.  Sorry I didn't reply to your previous post on foster stories,
but we have fostered dogs, as well as taken in strays that just wandered up.
Molly is a very pretty girl.  My Sasha is overweight too - I tell people
she's voluptuous, like Marilyn Monroe!!  Glad to hear that she is getting
along with Stoli, maybe Wolfie will come around!  I wish my Jack would get
along with my others, but unfortunately only Sasha does.

On a good note, as you'll see in my new post, my former foster girls finally
got adopted on Sunday (one happens to be named Molly also).  I was soooo
e***d!  That was the best feeling, especially considering their
background.  Now, if I can find homes for the two extras at my house.  It
can be incredibly emotional to part with them, but you know in your heart it
is for the best and that you have done a wonderful thing.

--
~ Lori
and Jack, Sasha, Rufus, Millie (MIA), and Joey
{Clean the doghouse to reply}
See my crew!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/
Give a dog a home!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/


Quote:
> Well,  the foster day came last Saturday.   I got very nervous at the
> end - what if the dogs didn't get along?  Would I be torturing this
> alrady harmed dog by bringing her home?

> Other than a few minor incidents (she tried to touch Wolfie's frisbee
> and his food bowl), Molly has it in quite well.

> She's an online star ( http://www.moonsgarden.com/
> ).

> My biggest problem has been slowing her down.  She's been mostly tied
> up outside for a long time.  She wants to play for hours,  even tho
> her feet are bleeding the whole time.

> We're playing frisbee about 2-3 hours a day, so I'm hoping her weight
> will start going down (she is grossly overweight; you can grab
> handfuls of loose skin).

> She also smells a bit.  She's been given weekly baths to address the
> smell.. I'm not sure if that makes it worse in the long run, as she
> can't have much of her natural oils left.

> I think I'll be ok with her temporary-ness.  I'm a little bit more
> worried about Brian (she follows him everywhere and cries when he
> leaves) and Stoli, who has a playmate who doesn't ignore him like
> Wolfie does.

> On Sunday, we'll be doing an "adoption day" at Petco.  I'm hoping we
> find her an excellent forever home.  She deserves it after everything
> she's been through.

 
 
 

Foster day getting closer!

Post by madamecur » Thu, 14 Feb 2002 05:18:00


Lori,

Congrats on finding your Molly a forever home!  
I don't expect Wolfie to come around  - he's pretty much a loner, but
that's ok.  They don't fight - he mostly ignores everything but me and
his frisbee.

How many fosters do yu typically have at a time?

  wendy


Quote:
> Congratulations on your new foster, and trust me, it is a very rewarding
> experience.  Sorry I didn't reply to your previous post on foster stories,
> but we have fostered dogs, as well as taken in strays that just wandered up.
> Molly is a very pretty girl.  My Sasha is overweight too - I tell people
> she's voluptuous, like Marilyn Monroe!!  Glad to hear that she is getting
> along with Stoli, maybe Wolfie will come around!  I wish my Jack would get
> along with my others, but unfortunately only Sasha does.

> On a good note, as you'll see in my new post, my former foster girls finally
> got adopted on Sunday (one happens to be named Molly also).  I was soooo
> e***d!  That was the best feeling, especially considering their
> background.  Now, if I can find homes for the two extras at my house.  It
> can be incredibly emotional to part with them, but you know in your heart it
> is for the best and that you have done a wonderful thing.

> --
> ~ Lori
> and Jack, Sasha, Rufus, Millie (MIA), and Joey
> {Clean the doghouse to reply}
> See my crew!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/
> Give a dog a home!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/



> > Well,  the foster day came last Saturday.   I got very nervous at the
> > end - what if the dogs didn't get along?  Would I be torturing this
> > alrady harmed dog by bringing her home?

> > Other than a few minor incidents (she tried to touch Wolfie's frisbee
> > and his food bowl), Molly has it in quite well.

> > She's an online star ( http://www.moonsgarden.com/
> > ).

> > My biggest problem has been slowing her down.  She's been mostly tied
> > up outside for a long time.  She wants to play for hours,  even tho
> > her feet are bleeding the whole time.

> > We're playing frisbee about 2-3 hours a day, so I'm hoping her weight
> > will start going down (she is grossly overweight; you can grab
> > handfuls of loose skin).

> > She also smells a bit.  She's been given weekly baths to address the
> > smell.. I'm not sure if that makes it worse in the long run, as she
> > can't have much of her natural oils left.

> > I think I'll be ok with her temporary-ness.  I'm a little bit more
> > worried about Brian (she follows him everywhere and cries when he
> > leaves) and Stoli, who has a playmate who doesn't ignore him like
> > Wolfie does.

> > On Sunday, we'll be doing an "adoption day" at Petco.  I'm hoping we
> > find her an excellent forever home.  She deserves it after everything
> > she's been through.

 
 
 

Foster day getting closer!

Post by Lori E. Smit » Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:07:46


So far so good.  I've been keeping my fingers crossed that this is their
permanent home, and it's looking like it's working out.  These two girls and
their sister stayed at my mom's house, and she was their foster because I
had 5 at my house already.  These 3 needed emergency foster care (read my
post w/ subject "My foster girls finally got adopted") so I called my mom up
on a Tuesday and picked them up 2 days later.  I normally don't do fostering
because I have enough strays that I take in and then find homes for through
friends or the center's program.  Right now I have my own 2 lab mixes, Jack
and Sasha, plus2 (was 3) strays.  Rufus (GSD mix) and Millie (hound mix who
is missing) showed up last spring and Joey (a lab mix, possibly with JRT)
showed up end of July, around the same time we took in the 3 dumpster pups.
We also had a small mix who looked like a chihuaha sized black lab (he was
an interesting one).  Found a home for him pretty quick.

As rewarding as it is, I'm afraid of the stress it's putting on Jack, who
does not like other dogs.  His stress is showing (whining more, more needy,
jealous, etc) and I still can not let him get close to Joey.  I don't trust
him alone with Rufus, but I think he's realizing not to growl at Rufus as
much because Rufus could kick his ***if he wanted to!  He tolerates Rufus.
It puts extra stress on us too, knowing that we can't spend our time with
all the dogs together.  Although, it does get me more exercise!!  (3 walks a
day - Rufus, then Jack & Sasha, then Joey)  I keep saying I'm going to try
the Bach flowers - rescue remedy, as it might calm Jack enough to allow him
to get along with the others better.  The only place in our area that
carries it though is not close by.

--
~ Lori
and Jack, Sasha, Rufus, Millie (MIA), and Joey
{Clean the doghouse to reply}
See my crew!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/
Give a dog a home!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/


Quote:
> Lori,

> Congrats on finding your Molly a forever home!
> I don't expect Wolfie to come around  - he's pretty much a loner, but
> that's ok.  They don't fight - he mostly ignores everything but me and
> his frisbee.

> How many fosters do yu typically have at a time?

>   wendy




Quote:
> > Congratulations on your new foster, and trust me, it is a very rewarding
> > experience.  Sorry I didn't reply to your previous post on foster
stories,
> > but we have fostered dogs, as well as taken in strays that just wandered
up.
> > Molly is a very pretty girl.  My Sasha is overweight too - I tell people
> > she's voluptuous, like Marilyn Monroe!!  Glad to hear that she is
getting
> > along with Stoli, maybe Wolfie will come around!  I wish my Jack would
get
> > along with my others, but unfortunately only Sasha does.

> > On a good note, as you'll see in my new post, my former foster girls
finally
> > got adopted on Sunday (one happens to be named Molly also).  I was soooo
> > e***d!  That was the best feeling, especially considering their
> > background.  Now, if I can find homes for the two extras at my house.
It
> > can be incredibly emotional to part with them, but you know in your
heart it
> > is for the best and that you have done a wonderful thing.

> > --
> > ~ Lori
> > and Jack, Sasha, Rufus, Millie (MIA), and Joey
> > {Clean the doghouse to reply}
> > See my crew!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/
> > Give a dog a home!  http://www.moonsgarden.com/



> > > Well,  the foster day came last Saturday.   I got very nervous at the
> > > end - what if the dogs didn't get along?  Would I be torturing this
> > > alrady harmed dog by bringing her home?

> > > Other than a few minor incidents (she tried to touch Wolfie's frisbee
> > > and his food bowl), Molly has it in quite well.

> > > She's an online star ( http://www.moonsgarden.com/
> > > ).

> > > My biggest problem has been slowing her down.  She's been mostly tied
> > > up outside for a long time.  She wants to play for hours,  even tho
> > > her feet are bleeding the whole time.

> > > We're playing frisbee about 2-3 hours a day, so I'm hoping her weight
> > > will start going down (she is grossly overweight; you can grab
> > > handfuls of loose skin).

> > > She also smells a bit.  She's been given weekly baths to address the
> > > smell.. I'm not sure if that makes it worse in the long run, as she
> > > can't have much of her natural oils left.

> > > I think I'll be ok with her temporary-ness.  I'm a little bit more
> > > worried about Brian (she follows him everywhere and cries when he
> > > leaves) and Stoli, who has a playmate who doesn't ignore him like
> > > Wolfie does.

> > > On Sunday, we'll be doing an "adoption day" at Petco.  I'm hoping we
> > > find her an excellent forever home.  She deserves it after everything
> > > she's been through.