Thursday, April 28, 2011
When fostering a rescued animal, one never knows when the homeless pet is going to meet his new 'furever' parents. You know when you commit to fostering that the pet you take in is only going to be with you temporarily. That's the goal.....to get abandoned, stray or given up pets into new and hopefully 'forever' homes.
I've had lots of foster dogs come and go over the years. You certainly feel great when they get adopted. Sometimes though, you feel great and not so great all at the same time.
I guess that's where I'm at right now with my foster dog Dottie. You see......Dottie is being adopted. Unless something unforeseen happens, she will be going to her new home this weekend.
I am happy and sad. Dottie and I developed a tight bond. Many, many times I thought about failing at fostering and adopting her. My topsy turvy life kept saying "no" but my heart was saying, "why not".
There are reasons things happen as they do. I am talking about my fall at the dog park and breaking that stupid bone in my leg. Because of that, Dottie has been 'at camp' since and will be leaving for her new furever home from there. So the 'end' of my fostering her seems awfully abrupt. I didn't get to go through meeting the adoptive family and weighing in, I didn't get to mentally prepare for her to go....to say goodbye. All in all, I think it is best this way.
As I am still on crutches, my friends at 'camp' have offered to come and get me to see her one more time. I've debated and gone back and forth on should I or shouldn't I. I've pretty much decided not to see her. We've been apart for a week and a half now and she is having fun there and I have had a couple of good cries over her. I think that I would be upset to see her and that in turn might upset her.....so, I think it's probably best if I don't.
I am told her new family is 'over the moon' excited about her. I can certainly understand why and they haven't even lived with her yet.
Best wishes Dottie Dot! Your foster mom loves you!!