Willie & Bambi

I was sitting at work, it was around noon on Monday and my mind wondered to home.  “I wonder how they’re doing.” I thought to myself.  Just then my company’s CEO (and fellow animal lover) popped in my office door, “how are the babies?” she asked, knowing I had just received two new fosters the previous night.

“OH, Karen,” I said, “it’s awful, it’s not even been 24 hours and I’m in love with them!  I’m so emotional, I really am a horrible foster! I shouldn’t do it”  Karen smiled at me and said, “Yes, you should.”

Willie and Bambi, were found living on the streets of Antigua, with three of their siblings. Arrangements were made to bring Willie and Bambi to Canada to be adopted out by the Humane Society of Durham Region.  I agreed to foster them until there is room in the shelter for them.

Being the first time I had two fosters at the same time, and only the second time I fostered puppies (they are about 4 months old) I was a bit apprehensive, but as usual, everything is working out fine.  A couple of friends offered up puppy play pens and I took one of them up on it.  It took Bambi not even 24 hours, to learn to climb the puppy pen like a ladder and get out.  I placed a fitted sheet over the top now and it seems to have stopped her from climbing!

Bambi and Willie love to be together and feel safe and secure in their pen, even when I am home and they have free range of the place, they often go to their pen for naps.  They have also started hoarding their favourite toys in the pen.

It’s been interesting watching the dynamics between the two pups and my pets.  Flipflop is used to taking fosters under his care and teaching them.  But Bambi and Willie rely on each other and don’t look to him for guidance………or so I thought.  While the two siblings are inseparable and play with one another, they do seem to be learning from Flipflop and Dahlia.

They picked up on leash walking in less than 24 hours, which was incredible considering the first walk I took them on, they didn’t seem to know how to walk at all!  They started only going potty outside within 36 hours and just last night they started trying to mimic Flipflop and Dahlia’s rolling in the grass!

I’m excited to see these two continue to learn and grow as they become more and more accustomed to life in Canada.  They will be leaving me in a week or two to go to the humane society to find their forever home(s), I will definitely keep tabs on them!

You can find out more about adoption of Willie and Bambi and other amazing dogs at http://www.hsdr.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flipflop – Post 2

I never wanted another dog, once Dupont was gone, I told myself, I would foster in his honour, but I never wanted to own another dog again. I knew, as Dupont must have, that losing him would be the end of me.  Dupont also knew, better than I did, that I needed a dog in my life, whether I agreed or not.  So somehow, through devine intervention, Dupont led me to Flipflop.

Upon first site of his photo, I was making arrangements to meet Flipflop (Smokey was his rescue name), to date I don’t know what came over me, which is why I feel Dupont somehow made me do it!

Within days of Flipflop arriving in Canada, he was adopted by me.  Three months later, Dupont left this earth, and it was every bit as painful as I knew it would be.  He was my world.  But I couldn’t stay in bed and cry my days away, he left me with Flipflop, who was just a 4 months old and needed me.

When Flipflop turned two I decided it was time to make good of my promise to Dupont.  I would start fostering dogs and help as many as I could find good homes.  And so with that, I started reaching out to my networks in the rescue community.  It wasn’t long before I had my first foster.

In the past 20 months I’ve had 10 fosters, with each one I grew more relaxed and confident and Flipflop has matured greatly and has embraced each foster, in his own way.

This morning, while I sipped my coffee, I watched Flipflop and Daisy play. I realized with each foster I am learning to appreciate Flipflop more and  more.  How he studies each new dog and befriends them, it is always so interesting and amazing to watch.  My heart filled with pride and love as he wrestled with the puppy so gently, taking breaks to come over to me for praise for being a good boy.

With each new foster I fall more and more in love with Flipflop and our bond becomes stronger and stronger as we send off each dog to their forever homes and welcome new ones in.

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Puppy Reunion

“I’m getting TWO of Daisy’s litter mates Saturday night until Monday!  Would be so adorable to meet up and get the puppies together to play.”  That was the text I received from a good friend of mine and fellow foster-mom/dog owner, Sarah.  Of course, I immediately responded and plans were made to reunite Daisy and two of her siblings.

On Sunday, I excitedly took Daisy to meet her siblings at Sarah’s home.  I expected a joyful reunion, with pups jumping up and down with glee that they are reunited again.  Boy was I wrong, Daisy’s siblings, Ruby and Penny, we’re snuggled together sleeping, Daisy laid down and ignored them.  Sarah and I were puzzled, she also expected the pups to be much more excited about being together again.

Sarah and I decided to leave the puppy pen and go to the kitchen to have a coffee and watch the pups from there.  It wasn’t long after Sarah and I left the puppy pen that the siblings started interacting together.

After a few minutes of the pups getting reacquainted, Sarah and I decided to move the party outside.  The three siblings ran and wrestled and had so much fun with another.  It was such a special moment.

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And just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, later that afternoon I received a message that an acquaintance of mine, Casey, had been approved to adopt Daisy!  My sweet girl will be leaving this week to go to her forever home.

Daisy’s siblings are also adoptable through http://www.hsdr.org.

Daisy

She’s 12 weeks old and adorable!  But then again, what puppy isn’t?!  Daisy is my foster from Turks & Caicos, I am taking care of her for the Humane Society of Durham Region  (www.hsdr.org).

I have to admit, I was not looking forward to Daisy’s arrival, puppies are exhausting and although I have rescued puppies of my own, I had never fostered a pup.  I expected it to be a challenge, I expected the pup to cry all night, to potty everywhere and I thought she would torment Flipflop and Dahlia.

When Daisy arrived, I did my usual introduction to Flipflop and Dahlia.  Since she was so young and small, there was very little interest in her by my dogs.  Even when we went upstairs to my place, Flipflop grumbled a bit, Dahlia didn’t care the puppy was there and Daisy was interested in exploring her new place.  It was very uneventful.

It was very late so I put Daisy in her crate and went to bed. That is when the temper tantrum started, Daisy was not impressed. Realizing it was 1 am and my neighbours would not appreciate hearing this screaming dog, I broke my own rule and took her out of the crate.  I took the small pup to my bed and we all slept soundly until Flipflop decided it was time to get up 6 hours later.

The next day went very well, Daisy is a sponge, watching and learning from Flipflop and Dahlia.  Daisy tries to play with them, but they are so much larger than she is, she’s often overlooked or gets knocked over.  She watches Flipflop intently while he runs carrying his leash, she tries to pick up hers and sometimes she is successful, other times she finds it hard and ends up watching Flipflop again for more tips.

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I’m looking forward to watching Daisy continue to grow and learn while she is in my care.  Whoever ends up adopting this pup will be very lucky, she’s a very special girl.

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I was feeding Daisy in the kitchen but after her very first meal, she stopped eating and insisted on being fed with the other dogs!