Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Attachment Disorder

Please come back!
Many times when someone takes a foster dog to adoptions, the dog shows an obvious attachment to the foster parent.  They may happily greet all people, but let the foster parent walk away, and the foster pet is immediately looking for "mom" or "dad".  

I forgot how strong this attachment can be since I only fostered Ziggy and young puppies for so long.  Young puppies don't know enough to develop strong attachments to anyone, and Ziggy... well, I'm not sure what his excuse is, but he never missed me either.  So it's been awhile since I had a foster dog who could make me feel guilty just for walking away from them. 

But all of my recent foster dogs have quickly reminded me what it's like.  Everytime I turn around, one of them is looking at me, and if I look back at them for more than a split second, their tail starts wagging and they start getting sooo excited.  The following pictures were taken a few weeks ago, before Abby was adopted. 
Target gets distracted, but now Abby is watching!
 Then one of the volunteers is able to distract Abby. 

But there's still Toby, who refuses to look away!
Hey Foster Mom, this lady's trying to pull me away, but I'm not leaving!
Until the treats suddenly appear.
Oh, you have food - okay lady, I'm all yours!
It's such a good feeling to know that they love me almost as much as they love milk bones.


Two Pitties in the City said...

It must be so flattering. The only bad thing is if they still have separation disorder in their new home. We had a bit of that with Mr. B. Miss M couldn't care less, and actually tries to push us out the door knowing she'll get a kong out of it.

Kari in WeHo said...

haha they love you almost as much as milkbones. I know milkbones wins in our family :)


Bailey said...

Katy had a strong attachment to her foster Mom. Based on what little we know of her life prior to rescue, it is easy to understand why she would love the woman that provided stability, love, and treats. She was scared when she left. I think because we had Bailey she did bond more quickly with DH and I. However, her reaction to our first guest was fear that she would be taken away.

JackDaddy said...

Almost! :)

Or cookies, or bacon.

Cupcake said...

I have to admit, I love the velcro dogs. I want to give Target a big hug and kiss.

Kolchak Puggle said...

Wow, almost as much as Milkbones eh? That's a pretty big deal. You must smell like meat ;)

3 doxies said...

Oh I thinks dis is sad...fur those dat can't get overs it.
But I am sures treats and beers would do da trick...at least fur me anyhows...and I hasn't been a foster, does dat count?


meowmeowmans said...

LOL. Yeah, milkbones pretty much win around here, too. ;)