Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Life as a Dog Foster. (Guest Post by Rachel the Foster Dog)

Dog Foster Mom is always talking about what her life is like. But let's be honest - you don't read this blog because of her - you read it because of US - the dogs and cats who live with her. She's just the typist/photographer. Yet over and over she posts about her life instead of our lives. So today since she's whining about being too tired and busy to blog, I, Rachel the Foster Dog, am going to tell you about MY life. What its REALLY like to be a foster dog. And I have to tell ya, it ain't all that great. Sure, my sister Kirsten thinks life is a bowl of dog biscuits. But that's only because she's naive. She doesn't know how bad off she really has it. I mean come on, do you really think sharing with a bunch of other dogs and cats is easy? It's not. And then, on the weekends, Foster Mom makes us go to this giant store where all these strangers come by with their people and want to sniff us. How rude. And when I bark at them to let them know that their presence is NOT appreciated, Foster Mom gets upset and tells me to be nice. As if. Look at what she did to my sister Kirsten.

That's right - she put her in a CAGE! And she makes me go in a cage too, and even covers it up when she says I bark too much. Does she think that I won't know those other dogs are there? She's not too smart sometimes. But don't worry, I'm working on training her. Once she learns that other dogs make me bark, she won't make me to go the pet store anymore, and she won't bring home any new dogs. And then my life will be so much better. I can put up with Remi and Noelle. Remi isn't a bad chap - he takes up a lot of room, but other than that I like him okay. And Noelle has some very good characteristics - she really has her mom and dad trained, so I think I can learn a lot from her. Ziggy is another story though - the sooner she can get rid of him, the better. He is T-R-O-U-B-L-E! But back to me - I am NOT happy about being a foster dog. I even heard someone say that me and Kirsten would be better off being apart! I was shocked. I am the Girl In Charge around here, and Kirsten NEEDS me. Without me, she'd probably be happy with just dog kibble and belly rubs. She doesn't know how to stand up for what she wants - she is always just trying to please people. I know enough to hold out for the really good stuff - like cheese. Never make it too easy for your people, or they will be training YOU instead of the other way around. Uh oh - I hear Foster Mom's car. Apparently she was out picking up something called a "Return". Yet another thing that takes her away from important things like paying attention to ME.

OH NO! Remi and Noelle were watching out the window, and they said the "Return" is another DOG! I have GOT to get Foster Mom trained soon - this is getting ridiculous. 


Mango said...

You are the cutest little gal ever. Thanks for a most instructive post. Being a foster doggie sounds like hard work.


Kari in WeHo said...

thanks for telling your side of the story. Im sad about the return though :(

Frankie Furter said...

Wonderful. If you want the TRUTH you must go to the Source!!!

The Two Country Poodles said...

Rachel you did a fine job of posting to the blog. Wasn't it fun? Hope you will return with more of your adventures.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Uncle Puppy by Proxy

the booker man said...

wow, it does sound a little rough being a foster, miss rachel. i'm glad that you know how to get your paws on the cheese, though. that is super important!!
the booker man

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Rachel it doesn't sound too bad - it could be a lot worse. Keep that in mind. And we think that you act all tough because maybe you are nervous. But we bet you are really a sweetie deep down!

Schwang said...

It sounds like you are having some nice adventures with your sister, and letting Ziggy get in trouble by himself.

JackDaddy said...

Don't worry. Your mom seems to be very good about finding homes for all the sad puppies!!

kissa-bull said...

wow rachel you are quite the sassy and smart woggie and we oughta take some pointers from your wiseness on how to train the pawrents correctly.we've been doing it all wrong trying to please them when they should be pleasing ush!!!!!
we should all revolt for cheese!!!!!

pibble wiggles
the pittie pack

Lola said...

I believe that humans are happier when they know their boundries. It's really a kindness to train them well. I imagine that being a foster dog is pretty challenging. I've never been one of those, but I have done a stint at a shelter and although everyone was very, very nice there, I think that being a foster is probably better than that. Just something to think about.

wags, Lola

Calsidyrose said...

Rachel, so many of my foster dogs would agree with you about how challenging it is to go to the big store and have a bunch of strangers walking by without properly introducing themselves.

All of us who foster remember our dogs even when they have gone to a new home. I keep a collar with dog tags, little bells or other tokens--one for each dog I foster!

Thanks for sharing the dog's side!

havetailwillwag said...

a return? oh no! who is it?

ocmist said...

It was nice to hear from you, Rachel. We like getting to know lots of different doggies! Since we have had several foster dogs here, we know that it isn't easy for you, and it's not so easy for US either because we have to share all of our things, and our food AND our people!

That's the thing, sweetie... If you find a good Forever Home, you may NOT have to share with as many others, and you can train your people the way you want them and not the way the other animals in your family want them trained. The Country Corgis

Kolchak Puggle said...

You tell her Rachel! Someone had got to keep her in line. And speaking of blogging, I keep telling my Mom that her time would be better employed making me snacks instead of mashing away on that stupid keyboard. I bet you feel the same!