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Dog fostering?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by GSDlover4ever, Oct 29, 2014.


  1. GSDlover4ever

    GSDlover4ever PetForums VIP

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    I was wondering if you would share some of your stories good and bad about fostering dogs. :)

    Sadly my GSD passed away quite suddenly a few months ago. I am not sure if I am ready for my own dog yet, however I have been thinking about fostering a dog from a rescue.

    I wondering how my westie Maisy will react to another dog coming into the house... :)
    I think she actually might like a wee boy terrier to play with. :)
     
  2. Paula07

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    I loved fostering! Heartbreaking at times but very rewarding and good fun. Some were cracking dogs that I struggled to part with and others were little terrors.....that I struggled to part with :eek:. I learnt a lot from my fosters and I would never have my soul boy Nicky if I hadn't decided to foster all those years ago :).

    Im sorry to hear about your girl :(.
     
  3. mom3dog

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    Hi. I have fostered quite a lot the past few years. At times it does get a little trying, but also fun. It can be hard to give them up, but you have to keep in mind that it is opening up a spot for another needy dog. I have fostered two "hospice" dogs, old and ill, just giving them love for the last months. I have also had all other ages.
    If you are a dog lover, it is a very rewarding experience.
     
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    Sorry about your GSD I can imagine they leave a big void to try & fill such loyal dogs.

    Pru came as a foster, initially for 6-8 weeks as the kennels were being rebuilt & they needed temporary homes. She was delivered to us by volunteers as the rescue isn't local, but my greys are fairly laid back & social so wasn't too concerned about them accepting another, the homechecker brought one of her dogs to check. The rescue covered vets bills & could reclaim food costs if needed.

    We ended up keeping Pru after we'd had her nearly a year, we found it really difficult past about 6 months with not getting attached & I don't think it helped she had few inquiries to act as a reminder so it felt like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with each. Definitely need to stick to short term fosters in future, I did enjoy seeing Pru change and getting her out & about places.
    Early on she & throp had few minor scraps & bit of damage at home (got a crate). I doubt we'd have picked Pru to adopt if didn't have that emotional connection, she can be a PITA with some dogs so doesn't make life easy but is amazing in other ways.We actually had no intention of getting a 3rd dog at start. That's the biggest risk that you fail & end up with not quite what you had in mind, but that can be a good thing.

    Our 2nd foster was just to help rescue out in an emergency. It didn't really work out as despite picking foster up from kennel & walking with Pru and it all being fine for first few days, foster had snarked at all 3 dogs and felt was a real risk of a scrap & separation wasn't great for fosterdog plus personal issues decided it was better for all for her to return to rescue after 2 weeks. Sometimes just not the right fit but It wasn't a waste though I found out more about what she was like & got some better photos of her.

    I had a friends GSD for a fortnights holiday recently and I would like to foster again in future, but think I'm going to stick to what I know with greyhounds rather than lurchers.
     
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