Monday, April 11, 2011

Dottie the Queen

Dottie says "Woof Woo", which translates to "Thank You", for all the nice complements she got about being Queen.   

In the meantime, we continue to become more attached to each other as every day goes by.  The Rescue group she is with is starting to put the word out that she is nearly ready for adoption.  I would say she is 99% housebroken at this point.  She had a small boo boo last night but only because there was confusion in the house when someone came to pick up a boarder I had.  I also think it could have been a small jealousy problem which is another reason she probably needs to be adopted sooner rather than later.  

 This is a picture of her doing one of the things she loves best, sleeping on my bed!  And......I wasn't going to let it happen but.....she now sleeps in bed with me at night.  She ALWAYS cuddles up to me at first for great snuggles and kisses but then moves a bit away and settles down.  Dottie never crowds me out of bed so she is the best bed partner a gal could have! 

Here is a picture of one of her wins during her show career.  I don't know if I mentioned it or not but Dottie is an AKC Champion. 

I got word a few days ago that there may be a couple interested in meeting her to determine if she would be a good fit into their home.  I knew it was coming, but when I actually heard it, a lump went to my throat.   I know, I know......everyone thinks I should keep her.  Honestly though, with the uproar my life is, I'm not convinced it would be her best option.  Also, if I adopt her, I wouldn't have room next winter for another foster who might really need a foster parent.  

Soooo....having said that, I need to say......I do like being a foster parent.  Knowing that I am helping a 'furbaby' make a successful transition to a 'forever' home feels very good.  It fills a need for me as well as for the 'furbaby'!   

But.....I already know.....this one won't be easy when it happens!


  1. Oh my goodness, I am choked up already. I might not read your post when she goes(Soft spot for dogs). I know you love her and you will be heart broken. What you are doing is such a wonderful thing. Where would all these rescue dogs go if it weren't for generous people like you.

  2. Oh, Karen!
    I know exactly where you are coming from. I had almost made the decision to finally become a foster failure and adopt my Peanut and she now has an applicant who probably wants to adopt her. I talked at great length to the lady this evening and it sounds like a perfect home for her, but this one is really going to hurt and I've only had her 6 weeks!
    I didn't know Dottie was a champion. How on earth did she end up in rescue ~ and not housebroken? You have done wonders for her and in you heart, as much as it may hurt, you are doing what is best for her.
    There is a special little corner in heaven with your name on it!
    Pug hugs :)

  3. I know you knew how I felt Lauren! Dottie and her brother lived with a woman in Calif. Both dogs are Champions. Sadly the woman passed away and the SoCal English Cocker Rescue group got both dogs. Dottie's brother got adopted by someone in Scottsdale. Dottie got adopted but unfortunately it turned out not to be a good match. The young man who had her was pretty well to do and he let her pee and poo in his house. Guess he had staff to clean up after her. Anyway, the young man's parents were buying him a new home and they said Dottie couldn't go with him. And that's how she got here!

  4. We have fostered many dogs, it is never easy to let them go, but the joy they bring their new family is so worth it.

    I've also failed fostering a million times. That feels pretty darn good too.

    And to date, I've had two fosters come back after being with their families for years.

    Follow your heart, you can't go wrong.

  5. It's so nice of you to let Dottie sleep on your bed. To her, you are her hero. JB

  6. It wasn't exactly easy to let any of our fosters go, but some were easier than others. Then there was the little black brindle who never left. We told ourselves that she was a senior and wouldn't be with us for long. *snort* Eight years later she's fifteen and a half! I think we will probably foster again at some point, but there are some who change things for you.

  7. What a lovely thing you're doing by fostering these doggies. Dottie is a very lucky lady. I get quite ill thinking of losing my little Gus, so I can imagine how hard it must be to love them, then see them move to their next home.


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