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Puppies Can Make You Crazy (or Why My Heart is in Fostering)

April 13th, 2015 | Posted by Emily in Elderbulls | Fostering. | Marigold

We haven’t really fostered since Moby. There was that brief stint with Twiggy (Turk’s miniature doppelgänger) that you may have seen on our Facebook page, but it was five days total and she didn’t really need me that much. I held off on fostering after Moby because Rufus was starting to have some health issues and we wanted to spend some time focusing on him and Turk. I’m thankful for that time I had to put all of  my focus onto Rufus before he passed, but the idea of fostering again has never really gone to the back burner in my mind.

Twiggy's perpetual "unimpressed" face.

Twiggy’s perpetual “unimpressed” face.

Then this weekend I met Chuck…. and proceeded to lose my mind.

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I mean, with a face like that, who wouldn’t go just a bit crazy? I met his awesome foster mom and set up and meet & greet. Daniel rolled his eyes and took deep, calming breaths as I explained all the reasons why adopting a four month old puppy was an amazing idea. Probably the best idea I’ve ever had. WHY DIDN’T HE LIKE MY IDEA? WHY WAS HE CRUSHING MY DREAMS?! Somehow he managed to get me to take a deep breath and reminded me that if we adopted another dog, we could never foster again. Two dogs is his limit. He also reminded me that my heart has always been with the throw away dogs, the ones that nobody wants… why was I losing my mind over a dog that could be adopted by anyone and do perfectly fine?

Chuck left and went to another meet and greet where he was adopted (of course) and I proceeded to ugly cry and finally just admit to myself (and Daniel) that I’ve been really sad since Rufus passed. It’s been too quiet in our house and as much as Turk loves me, he is Daniel’s dog. If we were both on a burning bridge and Turk could only save one of us, he’d choose Daniel in a heartbeat. They are soul brothers. I’m just the one who fixes his food (and he’ll settle for a snuggle with me but I know he’s pretending I’m Daniel). So I told Daniel that I’m ready to foster again. I need to feel like I am helping a dog that needs me. One who may not have a chance without me. One who is an amazing furever dog just waiting to be discovered. And lo and behold, a dog just like that came to the shelter where I work just recently. And now she is the newest foster at Casa Hawkins. Meet Marigold. I’ll be sharing more about her as she reveals her personality to me! Stay tuned!

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Severn

 

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