|Barked: Thu Jul 31, '08 9:29pm PST |
|To start off with, thank you so much for considering fostering one of these poor pups.
One thing that I'm curious about. Are you in charge of the expenses for this dog? Because if you are, that can get expensive, especially since the dog will have been severely neglected.
Other than that, my suggestion is to ask yourself if you feel you have enough time to dedicate to this dog's socialization and training. If you think that you do, then go for it! Obviously, you've adopted dogs and know a lot about them. So, I don't think you're ignorant in any respect. Rather, it takes a lot of patience and time to return a pitiful, neglected dog to the state s/he should have been in all along. Something my mother pointed out to me (in the wrong way) is that sometimes when you've got the time and the knowledge, all you have to have is enough love in your heart. My mother told me I didn't when I was thinking about adopting Glady. Well, I showed her! Hope this helped you in your deciding. If it makes any difference, please know that fostering better prepares a dog for adoption into someone's home than time spent in a shelter does.
ps: I've found that it's a lot harder to let go of a foster when it's a dog breed that you like a whole lot. For example, I know I could NEVER foster a doxie. I'd be heartbroken when they got adopted!!!
Edited by author Thu Jul 31, '08 9:34pm PST
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