I don’t read much of Cesar Millan’s stuff these days; but every now and again when something comes along that is of use, I like to pass it along.
I do transport for the rescue of dogs (primarily). I have 2 foster failures which is not unheard of in this field lol.
If you are wanting to foster but are unsure how to go about it, Cesar’s article will help you.
Fostering is a wonderful thing that saves dogs’ lives. It gets them out of shelters and into human packs, where they can receive the rehabilitation necessary to make them adoptable.
However, fostering comes not only with the responsibility of caring for the dog, but the necessity of eventually giving up the dog when it finds its forever home. Attachment can make this process difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process easier.
- Start before you even foster
When selecting a foster dog, don’t pick the one that you think is the cutest and ideal for your family. Pick the dog that you wouldn’t necessarily want to keep long-term. For example, if you don’t like tiny dogs, consider a Chihuahua or Yorkie. If you don’t think you’d have the resources to care for a handicapped dog for life, then find that dog who’s blind or deaf, or is missing a limb.
This will make it easier for you to adjust to the temporary status of the foster dog, but it will also be an educational process. As Cesar says, “You don’t always get the dog you want. You get the dog you need.” If nothing else, it will allow you to experience types of dogs you would never normally adopt, and to learn even more about dog behavior.
- Assist in the adoption process
Find out whether your foster program will let you help out in finding that forever home. This can range from documenting your dog’s behavior and personality for future owners to locating and interviewing potential owners themselves.
This will help you be more confident in letting go because you’ll have a stake in the process, and you can assure yourself that you’ve found the right home for your foster.
- Ask for progress reports from the new family
You can continue to take part in your foster dog’s life with photos and stories from her new family, and the Internet makes distance irrelevant. Many shelters ask this of people who adopt dogs from them, largely as a way to keep their staff positive about seeing dogs they’ve gotten to know be adopted.
If distance permits, you could even consider having regular playdates with your current foster (and permanent pack) and adopted past fosters, as long as the new owners are agreeable.
- Celebrate the adoption
Don’t think of giving up your foster to adoption as losing a dog. Think of it as a dog gaining a permanent home. It should be a cause for celebration because you have helped to save a life. Treat yourself and the dog to a fancy meal, go out to your favorite dog park, or invite friends and their dogs over for a party…
However you choose to celebrate, focus on the positive and make the adoption a source of good memories. Document your time with each foster with photos and stories and keep a scrapbook of your successes.
- Foster again
The best part about fostering dogs is that there will always be dogs to foster, and the best way to celebrate one dog leaving your life is to save the life of another. And another. With each foster that you help place in a loving home, it becomes easier to say good-bye. With each new foster, you have another chance to get to know a new dog and help him on the way to his forever home.
During the process, always keep in mind what fostering is. As Amy Romanofsky at FosterDogs.com puts it, “I never think of a foster dog as ‘mine.’ Each dog already belongs to someone else — it just so happens that I haven’t met that person yet.”
But, when you and your foster dog do meet that person, take comfort in knowing that you had a large part in making it happen, and preventing the unthinkable alternative.
Never fostered a dog before? You’re really missing out! See here the top seven reasons to foster a dog.
Zeus is a pretty special boy. He is with my amazing friends Safe at Last Dog Rescue. We have decided to take on this project of fundraising for ZEUS. We know what it is like to reach out our community and ask for help. Our sweet Lexi needed help for her surgery for removal of her bladder stones, and it was with the help of all of you, that gave Lexi her much needed surgery.
Lexi is now living an amazing life, with a great family, pain free.
Won’t you help ZEUS have that same opportunity?
We have been super busy as momma has been canning lots of goodies for Winter.
But we wanted to mention it has been a very important Dog Day this week We hope all our dog pals got lots of treats and squeaky toys!!
The dreaded “c” word.
Sweet Paco as you may recall reading in my previous post, wasn’t feeling well. Earlier today he took a turn for the worse and it was decided that Mama and I (Blaze) would take him to the vet.
Paco’s body had started to go rigid, his left front leg and back leg were not in sync with the other side. If he tried to walk it was very awkward and he would start to lean and fall. He started vomiting and he wouldn’t eat anything.
His cancer was too aggressive on his little chihuahua body and it was decided that he would be humanely put to sleep. Mama says she held him, kissed him, soothed him and loved him. She told him that she loved him and that our daddy loved him too. But more importantly we all thanked Paco for coming into our lives
RIP Sweet Paco
May he run free of pain and enjoy the space of green grass, fresh water and all other fur friends.
May 9, 2013 – Age about 10 years old
Boy oh boy what a crazy day yesterday was! Mama and daddy had to take meh furiend Lexi for her surgery to remove those nasty stones from her bladder as well as the rotten teeth in her mouth.
These are the stones removed from Lexi’s bladder. They were caused by a bladder infection not treated. Her PH balance became unhealthy and the stones were created. The vet figures she has had these for about 4 months, with the bladder infection starting about 2 months before that.
To give a better idea of how big these are, here is a ruler showing inches of each stone.
These are the teeth pulled from the back of Lexi’s mouth. She had 4 in total removed. The tartar and infection was so bad, her gums were not seen.
Lexi had a mass removed from her bladder as well. The vet says it may have been caused from the stones rubbing inside her bladder. It has been sent off for examination and hopefully it will be benign.
Today, Lexi is still a bit wobbly, but she is definitely on the mend. She had a good appetite and we see she is going to be a challenge to keep her from jumping up on the bed or walking down stairs. Her doctor said no to both. She does have that cone if she starts trying to lick her staples.
Mama says she can’t thank the many people who shared Lexi’s fundraising page and also to those who donated. Without them, this couldn’t have happened as quickly as it did. Mama says Lexi’s fundraising page is close to her goal of $2,500 and we are hoping to reach it as Lexi does need follow up vet appointments and antibiotics so her cystitis will go away.
Could you please keep her in your thoughts and prayers that her mass results will not be bad. That the results will be benign.
Fank you so much eberypawdy!
Meh fan’s await *BOL* ~ Blaze
Meh human put these on me. Momma wanted a new photo of me doing something silly, but I must admit I look pretty darn fabulous if you ask me BOL BOL!
Earlier dis week Momma was able to get a video of all of us! GASP! Dat doesn’t happen berry often.
So I (Blaze) wanted to share it wif you all.
We hope you are all enjoying your Sunday. If you celebrate Easter, Happy Easter!! If you don’t, well we hope you are happy, healthy and barking loudly! BOL BOL
Lubs to you all,
Wags and Wiggles
Hi, Momma here. Today I thought I would do a blog to thank the 328 followers we have on our Facebook Page Wags and Wiggles https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wags-and-Wiggles. It is our goal to spread the word to as many animal lovers out there, that adopting an animal in need of a loving, caring home helps not just the person looking for that loving pet, it also helps rescue organizations save as many dogs from being euthanized every day!!!
Shelters need support to. You can help by volunteering, promoting, donating food, bedding, toys, and if you want to donate money, there are specific ways to do so. Volunteering allows you to go in and spend time with all the animals wanting walks and love. To cuddles and snuggles. I’ve volunteered at a shelter and see the love a dog has for anyone who is wanting to take them for a walk, spend some much needed time with them is so rewarding it can make your heart sing.
We also promote food and treat recalls. I think this goes without saying as to the reasons why. I feed raw to my pack, and will from time to time share tips and tricks that have worked well for my dogs and cats.
I know that it takes a lot of work for people who have pages on Facebook. We all have a common goal and that is to educate and share as much love as we possibly can.
I know that I don’t work my page everyday as some do. I get stuck on what to share because so many of us share identical bits of information and not to mention if you share too much, Facebook sends you warnings and I know some pages have been temporarily blocked for days!
We welcome your tips and suggestions on ways to increase our “likes” on our Facebook page, as we also welcome your successes on what you all have done to promote and educate the value in adopting and not shopping. To not supporting puppy mills, to the value in spaying and neutering
So thank you so much to those that have already liked us and shared us! Without you, we would be able to get the word out!!