|Barked: Wed Dec 22, '10 12:51am PST |
|T.C. came to us pregnant. She had 10 puppies that all survived and went to wonderful homes. T.C. was our foster failure. Each puppy got harder to say goodbye to as they left. Colt was the hardest. We had him for four months. I had put alot of time and effort into him and we were thinking about keeping him. He had many issues that most people wouldn't be able to deal with. We had a friend that was interested in him and knew all of his issues. They had two teenage daughters and four other dogs. Colt, once placed in their arms, was calm and relaxed. They absolutely loved him. I had let go of my tears the night before and while in the car before they arrived. He seemed to know and while we were n the car he crawled into my lap, put his two front paws on my chest and licked my face. Something he had never done before. He had licked me once or twice but after he was returned to us (another long story, Colt was originally placed into a home, got a text 6 hours later saying they didn't want him. A week after fighting to get Colt back, they returned him and when we got him back, he seemed to have all sorts of issues)he was very hand shy and afraid of people so I took what I could. When he was licking my face, I sobbed a bit and just pet him. When I handed him over to his new owners later, I had my professional face on and after a while of talking (we talked for like 3 hours) Colt licked his new owner's chin and they left. They were super nice and let me say one last goodbye to him.
They did decide to keep his name that I gave him because they said I was a huge part of his life and they didn't feel it was right to not only change his home that he had for the first 4 months of his life, but to change his name would be even harder. They promised me when they go out of town, I get to pet sit him. We will be planning playdates between Colt and T.C. as well since T.C. had a really hard time after Colt left. To this day she won't go to bed without the wubba Colt loved to play with. They also send me photos about Colt and we are facebook friends and talk about him through facebook.
One thing I did was not only do I have my own personal facebook account but I created one for TC and her puppies where the new owners still add photos and talk through it. I have made alot of friends by these puppies.
Is it hard? Yes, it tore me apart and I am not an emotional person. Is it a rewarding experience? Most definitely. If we didn't find T.C., she would of had her pups on the street and would of most likely lost them all, would of been in the shelter where she would of most likely been put to sleep, or would of wound up being passed from home to home. It is awesome knowing you had a big impact on a dog's life and it is awesome seeing your fosters in their new homes making other people as happy as they made you.
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