Yesterday's post about puppies has brought me into puppy withdrawal. I need a fix. So I was very relieved when a friend invited me over to take pictures of her two foster puppies. They are four-month-old pug/poodle mixes, so I was expecting them to be tiny. But then I found out the poodle was a Standard Poodle, not a Miniature Poodle. They have the funniest long legs, and cute little pug-like curly tails. My friend says they jump like grasshoppers. I think they might need to jump their way over to my house so I can spend more time with them. Because the short time I was there taking their pictures was just not enough. How can you not fall in love with this?
Both my friend and I have decided that fostering puppies requires a second job to pay for all the repairs that need to be done once puppies arrive. One of her two puppies ate her computer adapter. And yesterday as I was writing a blog post, Ziggy ate through my wireless router Ethernet cable. Perhaps he thought he could start his own blog by chewing on the wires.
I have a theory. I think if you foster puppies and they aren't destroying things now and then, you're not giving them enough freedom. When you foster multiple animals, it's not possible to watch each one every second (it takes approximately 5 seconds for Ziggy to chew through a computer cable). And part of being a good foster parent is preparing the dog for its future adoptive home. If the dogs don't get a chance to make a mistake, they aren't going to learn how to live in a house. For example, Ziggy has now learned that chewing on Ethernet cables makes humans very upset. And in my opinion, the cost of a new computer cord is a small price to pay to keep my fosters from living out their lives in crates, and to help prepare them for their future homes. It's just an opinion, but fortunately its one my husband agrees with. Although I haven't yet explained to him why the wireless stopped working and he can no longer use the laptop downstairs. I wonder if "technical glitch" will hold up long enough for me to go find another Ethernet cable.