Sunday, September 25, 2011

Amazing Adoptions

The main reason I foster is because I love helping dogs go from awful circumstances to awesome homes.  This week has been especially amazing with adoptions.  

My foster dog Ellie, pictured here before she was released from a shelter, was originally picked up as a stray and scheduled to be euthanized.  She was very shy and fearful.  

After a few weeks in foster care, she's a totally different dog.  She's been spayed and vaccinated and learned to walk on a leash and feel safe around people.  And now she's been adopted and is loving her new life with her new family.  

Next it Tulsa, the deaf Australian Cattle Dog who's been bounced around her entire life.  A cattle dog is not an easy breed to keep for a pet, and no matter how much people say they can handle the high drive and high intensity of a cattle dog, they often change their minds after a few weeks or months.  In Tulsa's case, she's been through several homes and kept coming back to foster care, until now.  Tulsa went to a foster-to-adopt home a few weeks ago, and yesterday we made the adoption official.  I really like her new mom, and feel confident that this home will be her forever home!  Tulsa is living with another cattle dog, so I know her family is familiar with the breed, and they are very in love with Tulsa.  We couldn't ask for a better home for her.  

And one more amazing adoption this week was Roxy the American Pit Bull Terrier.  Roxy is a wonderful dog - good with people, other dogs, cats - she's just very friendly!  This is Roxy with another All Paws volunteer. 
 As you can see, Roxy loves to give kisses.  Roxy always was happy to wear the donation vest at adoption events.  She earned her Canine Good Citizen certification while in foster care, and she became my best friend.  It was really hard to let Roxy go - she's an amazing dog, and I miss her every day.  But I know that right now she has a new best friend - a 19 year old who just loves her.  And although she will always have a very special place in my heart, her adoption means I'm able to save another pit bull now that would otherwise be euthanized.  

In addition to all of these adoptions, I have one more exciting announcement.  No, Ziggy is not being adopted.    But Bunny the feral Bichon just went into a foster-to-adopt home!   Bunny made a lot of progress while in foster care.  She learned to enjoy cheese, dog treats, and dog chews.  She learned that people weren't as scary as she originally thought.  She got started on house-training and leash training.  She learned to chase cats (even though I never taught her this, she loves it!).  Her personality really came out, and she became very attached to me, and would even come greet me and let me pet her.  She still has a long way to go, but her new foster family is willing to give it a try and see how she does.  They have another Bichon and two Westies that they've rescued, and that will help Bunny a lot to feel safe with other dogs around.  I am hopeful that this will work out and Bunny will have her very own home for the first time in her life.  


12 comments:

Kolchak Puggle said...

What a fantastic week! It's awesome to see so many ups going HOME. I am so excited for Miss Bunny, though I will surrey miss the update seeing her come out of her shell.

Kari in Vegas said...

What an awesome week

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Ashton Keenan said...

This is so wonderful! It actually almost made me cry. Congrats to all of the dogs that have been adopted, especially my baby girl Tulsa. I'm so happy for her to get her 'furever' home. :)Thank you so much for all you do, dog foster mom. You're an inspiration to me, and to other animal-lovers alike.

Barb said...

Congratulations on your great adoptions. When you run out of cats, you can send the people my way. :)

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Wonderful!!! Keep up the great work!!

Stefanie said...

Wow - how wonderful to read about more adoptions! You are doing a great thing for all of them and even though some are harder to part with than others - I know it still must feel pretty great. Keep up the good work!

Dog Foster Mom said...

Thanks everyone! Ashton, thanks so much for temporarily fostering Tulsa and loving her so much! Barb, I wish I could help with your cat adoptions, but they're in such good hands with you that I know they're really happy while they wait. :-)

Kim said...

Hooray!! Great work!!

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Congrats! You do such a good job with all those monsters!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Fantastic news! SO happy for all the dogs, but especially Tulsa and little Bunny.

Tucker The Crestie said...

Fantastic news! SO happy for all the dogs, but especially Tulsa and little Bunny.

Karen said...

So good to see the precious kids getting adopted. I really smiled when I read about Tulsa. Keep up the good works.
Karen