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Thread: Puppy Foster Parents Question

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    Puppy Foster Parents Question

    Well, on Feb. 9 (a cool rainy day here), our daughter called to say DG#1 had rescued a fluffy black & white puppy in their yard that morning. DG#1 has decided that Grandma & Grandpa need to adopt this puppy because they already have 3 dogs and grandparents have none (by choice). "Found" signs were posted at the local vets' offices and at Petsmart. Daughter has searched for "Lost" signs in her part of town.

    I went to look at her, at DD#1's request. The puppy is about the size of our deceased Westie's and very friendly. DD#1 explains that she cannot keep the puppy, due to the fact that they already have 3 dogs and this one is not "fixed". However, she wants to keep the puppy close, so that she can locate the "parents/owners" of this little cutie. There was "no room at the inn". Our local "no kill" shelter was full.

    So, I come home and discuss with DH. He said "whatever you decide". We decided to be "foster parents" during the interim search. DD#1 supplied food, kennel, 2 bowls, blanket and extra towel. Now, we have taken her to DD's vet, gotten 6 month shots and general assessment. Vet says puppy is just 6 months old, per assessment of tooth growth and will only grow about 30% more, to about 25 lbs. and needs to be "fixed" soon, if we decide to keep her. He cannot identify her breed, ...she has the build of a Westie, but the blk/wht markings of a border collie with a Terrier nose. We gave her a name at the vet's office, made an appointment for booster shots and surgery at the 1 month "fostering" anniversary, she has accidently peed & pooped on our carpets and rugs (.), plus we have bathed her twice with another scheduled for later today. She came to us crate trained & house trained (if we pay close attention).

    The question is, at what point did we move to becoming parents/owners instead of "interim foster parents"? DH says it was when I went to see her, even though we believed we were too old to start again and did not want the mess that comes with pet ownership. DD#2 agrees with her Dad. But "Grace" was "homeless" and adorable. LOL

    Oh, by the way, DH saved her life on Wednesday when he dislodged a small stick she had chewed and tried to swallow. She was able to cough it out without an emergency trip to the vet.
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    Yes, I agree. When you went to see her she was yours. And when you named her it sealed for sure.
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    What a sweet story and how nice you adopted her after all. She is in a loving family now, you won't redree this decisson.
    Grace is a very nice name and is when she became yours for sure.
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    Naming them is always the turning point for us. That's how we ended up with Huggie Bear, Moosie Bear, wee Gracie Allen and Clyde Kadiddlehopper.
    A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.

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    I think as soon as you took her to the vet and named her.
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    I rescued Stormy, the cat from a rain storm where he was hiding under a tree, he is so thankful every day he shows me his love, he is all fixed and ready to live here for ever

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    Our first rescued dog was in Vanuatu shortly after we arrived in 1992-she was a small puppy found shivering in the bushes the morning after a Cyclone Betsy. We named her Betsy, and she was just a mixed breed (we call "Island breed")-black and tan-sort of like a shepard-grew to about 60 pounds. She was the sweetest, gentle, loving dog we could imagine. My boys took her with them everywhere, she was just so sweet. I believe these needy animals are put before us for a reason-we were meant to give them a loving and secure home that they deserve. Every dog we have had sense has been a rescue and all have turned out to be part of our family. Just cherish the opportunity to make a loving family for her! Nearly in tears here--------

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    you named her, paid vet bills--nobody has claimed her in nearly a month. She's yours--love her. You'll never regret it!

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    IMHO, you did not become adoptive parents to this furbaby until you named her and made that appointment to have her fixed. That was the moment when some part of your mind or heart said, "I'm keeping her!" Congratulations on the new addition!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blondeslave View Post
    Naming them is always the turning point for us. That's how we ended up with Huggie Bear, Moosie Bear, wee Gracie Allen and Clyde Kadiddlehopper.
    Kadiddlehopper has me rolling on the floor laughing! What a name!!! I am glad to know I am not alone in the goofy name category. Years ago I had a cat named Seuss Isosthenes Paddywack!
    Sheila N.

    When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000 step process."

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    Your "sponsorship" became irrevocable when DH saved the baby's life......Thanks!
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    It happened when you named her. that was how we got storm short for stormtrooper. My husband brought home this, an hour from death. cat found in a dark rainstorm on a main highway late at night, how he saw her Ill never know. But she survived even the abuse she had been through, glue put on her paws, whiskers burned off tail cut, had to be amputated half of it. but what a joy she is every day, though a terror to our older cat. good luck, you have made the right choice.
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    The moment you named her she became yours. Have fun with your new addition and please post a picture of your new furbaby!

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    My husband always said when you named them, they're yours! Have to say I agree with him!

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    I became a failed foster parent to two kittens when I could not stand to have anyone else look at them at their first and only adoption event. They have been with us for ten years.

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    Had a Mr, MuffinCat that we rescued years and years ago, looked like someone had used him for a paintbrush. Hat to cut off all his hair, he was long haired and most likely had main coon cat in him because he grew to be quite big.
    My stash keeps me in stitches!

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    Another story about loving, kind hearted people who rescue little animals. Thank you!

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    when you saw her..sight....
    when she whimperred....sound...
    when you snuggled her.. touch
    when you washed her...smell
    when she marked her territory....she was yours.
    always give back and forward

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    We found a kitten in our garage a year ago, and my son and I pretended we were trying to find it a home, as we already had 2 dogs and a cat, but we had named him before he got in the house and had a tag and collar on him by the end of the day. My poor husband knew he was beat! Guess who the cat loves the most? Youre right - my husband!

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    When you named her, it became official.

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    My DD always brought home strays with the promise to find them "good homes." Turns out that "good home" was always ours. Somehow they turned out to be the best pets.

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    You already ARE her parents and bless you for helping save this dog.
    You're never too old to add joy to your life. After the loss of my beautiful Hunter, my avatar, we are about to add another dog to our family. I'm 70, DH 71 and we just can't imagine living the rest of our lives dogless.

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    It was when you went to "just take a look at her"......been there, done that.

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    Of course we would all love to see pictures!

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    I agree....you named her......she sucked you in. You won't be sorry.......lots of work is ahead, but lots of lovin' too

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