We have taken in and cared for four groups of foster dogs (so far):
Lollie, Babe & Paulie came to us four weeks old with no mother in late winter 2005
Bella arrived very pregnant in mid-2005, whelped 11 pups in our home, one of which we adopted (Hermes). The other ten pups were adopted out right away through H.E.L.P. After months of listing Bella on PetFinder, it became clear older dogs don’t fare as well in the adoption marketplace. We decided to keep Bella in our family, mostly due to her personality and temprament. It astonishes me dogs as sweet as Bella go un-adopted becuase they are not a fresh-faced new puppy. Our gain, for sure! and her 8 new pups came to us in June 2008.
Sweetie came to us with her 7 pups in June 2008.
Annie arrived pregnant and within a week whelped her 8 pups in our basement dog room in November 2008. Her story begins here.
After losing her beloved Sadie to cancer in January 2005, Kristin decided to foster dogs rather than try to replace Sadie right away. Initially reluctant, I agreed to go along with her plan. When the three baby pit-mixes (Lollie, Babe & Pauly) first arrived, Kristin bathed them. One by one I was handed these precious, damp puppies to cuddle and warm them in towels on my lap. With that I was hooked. This was the first time I had ever held such a young pup and they snuggled their way right into my heart.
Our son was just two when we started fostering in 2005, but he has grown up around dogs and I think has really benefitted from this experience. He’s a natural with the little dogs as well as our adult dogs. His instincts are mosty right on, and he is not afraid of any of them. All the dogs respect him and his authority – even at his tender age (now 5 and a half years old).