December 3rd 2011 9:34 pm
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It seems to be something our family has done since we first had dogs. Every one of our dogs can be standoffish to downright nasty with visiting dogs, so we always like to have dogs come to stay with us. We fostered for Aussie rescue when we lived in Ohio, and Cali begrudgingly shared our home with 7 or 8 foster Aussies over a couple of years.
We have had friends' dogs come and stay with us on trips, and we helped get 4 puppies off on the right paw- one for a friend, for our Grandma and Pap Pap and 2 Chihuahuas for our niece and nephew. All 4 of those puppies lived LONG and happy lives.
The past few summers we have socialized some puppies for Fling and Tonka's breeder. She said our kids are expert puppy raisers! We've also taken care of some adult dogs or older puppies who just needed a little more social time. Right now we have Garrett for a few months- he needs lots of family time and is probably the sweetest dog we've had here as a guest.
It will be hard to give Garrett back, and we really don't have to, but that will make room for the next dog we take in. Our current gang needs lots of practice at being nice to strange dogs, but every dog who comes helps us all out! And we think we've helped them out too- it's a win-win for us all :)
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Maybe,,, just maybe Garrett will stay.. and I know your Mum... there would still be room for one more......
It's amazing and wonderful what your family has done for so many dogs over the years and we know you're REALLY enjoying Garrett (who may just stay?). It's great for the kids & the posse as well! Kudos to you all for helping so many!
Sully, Socks & Mom