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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Paula07, Oct 31, 2012.


  1. Paula07

    Paula07 PetForums VIP

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    I know there are a few on the forum that foster dogs and i thought it might be nice if we shared some pics and a bit about them? :eek: It doesn't matter if they are past or present fosters. We all love some cute doggy pics.:D It may even help the current ones find homes?

    I don't do fostering anymore sadly but i have a lot of happy memories of when i did and i still keep in touch with all of them. :)

    Il narrow it down to a few of my favourites.

    Meet Marley(now Molly)

    Molly came to stay with us when her owner found out she was pregnant. She stayed with us until she found her forever home in Largs by the beach.

    She loved burrying herself in her covers.
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    This was taken when she came back for a holiday - naughty girl. :eek:
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    (please ignore the dog snot on the window and the mud on the window sill. The picture was taken in the dogs room.:eek:)

    This is her in her new home -
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    Meet Rogue.

    A girl i knew used to take have a new dog every week, get fed up and give them away without a care in the world. Rogue was one of the many. I had met him previously and couldn't bare the thought of him ending up in the wrong hands. So i took the crazy boy on.

    He was only 8mo but he was huge!

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    He found a home fairly quickly. He went to live with a lovely young couple who owned horses and lived in the countyside.

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    And last but certainly not least is Ozzy. He was at Haven Dog Rescue on a temp basis so i took him until his owner could have him back. Sadly it did not work out this way and he found himself looking for a new home.

    This is Ozzy when he came to live with me, an 11mo scrawny boy -
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    He stayed with us a good few months, in this time by best friend fell in love with him. She took him on a trial period and he never returned.

    Here he is in his new home -

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    Doing race for life with his sister.
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    We still see Oz on a regular basis. I love this boy very much. :)

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    C'mon then, show us your foster doggies. :D
     
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    Would love to know his breeding and if breeder was contacted :eek:

    Looks a lovely boy.



    Cassie my wee staffy girl came to me at 9 months with baldy back legs and 2 sores on her hind end. Left me fully recovered and now lives in the Lake District and is the star of her clicker training class! :001-wub:

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    And in her new home :)

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    Kane (GSD) - came to me via petforums! Was around 1.5-2 years. Lunged at cars, undersocialised with humans and dogs so would lunge and jump at people. I got him used to Dino and they had great fun. Stopped his lunging etc. Has a lovely new home where he gets walked miles each day and has lots of doggy pals!

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    And my current foster Roxy (Husky x GSD) - came to me around 9 months (now just over 1 year old), offered free to good home. Covered in fleas, never been wormed, wee bit overweight obviously completely underexercised! She had no stamina when I got her and she came into season within a month of me getting her. All she knew how to do was sit and would scream and howl the place down if left. She's absolutely fantastic now though. Great in the house, sits, lies down, waits for food, will get under her table (she likes to lie there) if you tell her while you're cooking/eating. She can be left for hours now with no issues, not at all destructive. Doesn't pull on the lead. She's just a general wee sweetheart who loves cuddles and is happy to snooze while in the house! Also brilliant with the cats. Only thing is that she can't be let offlead unless in an enclosed space.

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  3. Paula07

    Paula07 PetForums VIP

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    Ozzys breeder was contacted, she couldn't have him back. I have no clue on his breeding, he does have papers though. I would also be interested to know. He does have quite bad hips and is expected to develop HD in later life. :(

    What lovely foster doggies. :D I do have a real soft spot for Roxy, she's beautiful. :001_wub:
     
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    Ozzy the GSD is absolutly magnificant!

    Looks like a well bred GSD to me. :) ETA: Obviously I was mistaken! :eek:
     
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    Couldn't or wouldn't? Could I be really nosey and ask if you could find out his sire and dam's names? I know most of the breeders in that area.

    Were his hips scored?

    Roxy is an absolute angel :001_wub:
    Though tbh she's settled in here so well I wonder how she will be when she does go to a new home. I was her 3rd home at least by the time she was 9 months.
     
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    Awww, not mine but when I lived in a shared house years ago my housemate was a fosterer and became a foster failure with these two:

    Our lovely boy Stimpy, still kicking it at 16 years old:

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    And our majestic Tyson who sadly had HD age 8 and died after 2 surgeries:

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    I've put my name down as a foster for bullies in need as I'd love to help out. :)

    Yes those pictures make it appear that I/we were lushes...but that would be correct. :lol:
     
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    To be honest, i didnt have much to do with it because i fostered him through the kennels. It was his old owners who delt with it and im pretty sure she said the breeder couldnt have him back. Yes, i could try and find out the next time im over. Yes, im sure he was hip scored.

    Aw bless her, it does make you worry doesn't it. Im sure she will be ok in time.
     
  8. Paula07

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    What lovely dogs Phloof. :001_wub:
     
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    They really were, best temperaments ever. Old boy stimpy has really creeky joints now and goes to the shop and back once a day, he loves his life though. Never seen a dog so attached to his owner though, when my housemate (the one being licked) would leave for work Stimps would sit on a dining room chair and stare out the window for hours until he came back. They were also super escape artists, they figured out how to open our front door in the middle of the night despite us changing it, putting new locks on, upside down handles etc and would often have to go find them on the local park in the morning. When Stimps used to go to my housemate girlfriends house he would often escape and run across the entirety of Nottingham to get back to the house, we'd find him in a bush out the front when we got up, he'd make himself a nest out of the branches and wait for us to let him in. Looking back...probably not good, but he's lived to tell the tale! :eek: :D
     
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    awww what a lovely idea for a thread all those doggies are gorgeous :)
    All these dogs apart from puppy were through the Chinese Crested Rescue

    Puppy the staffyx was from an unwanted litter, I helped move her from London to Notts fostering her for a night in the meantime :) Puppy is the name I gave her, she had no name bless her
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    This is D
    D's owner was very poorly in hospital and it was unclear what was going to happen to all her dogs, fortunately she did get better and D went back to her mum
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    Florrie came in with her companion Eddie, both dogs had been beaten black and blue including teeth knocked out, Florrie had had pencils poked in her eyes. Riddled with fleas. Eddie went straight to his fantastic new mum.
    Florrie was a nervous wreck but bonded with me immediately, she now lives in Devon and leads a very happy life being the star of the village :)
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    Patches, now Patches in the happiest dog I have ever met in my life :)
    He came in with another dog called Wiggy, both skinny, Wiggy so much so he couldnt stand up on his weak back legs. Wiggy went to his new home but patches had further to go.
    Patches won over the heart of every person that met him, the most charming, lovable rogue you could ever hope to meet :) He now spends his days exploring the woods and fields of East Sussex
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    Then the gruesome foursome :) Given up for heartbreaking reasons that we later found out to be complete lies :)
    Phoebe - Phoebe has now lost loads of weight and lives a happy life 'up north :)
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    Laddy was a huge 50% over his ideal body weight, still steadily losing weight his mum adores every bit of him. We fostered him for 3 months and I miss him very much still, but knowing how his mum feels about him I know they were meant to be together
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    Kizzy , God rest her soul, Kizzy had a huge inoperable tumour and a mouth so rotten it was causing her immense pain, it was kinder to let her rest in peace
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    Brussels, shaved off and looking like a jack russell, this little guy is a dopey dora, his eyes light up at the sniff or even a look in the direction of a treat tin
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    Brussels is now Bomber, he lives her with us :rolleyes: and this is what he looks like :) Frequently winning waggiest tail competitions he is a character and a half :)
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    Finally Minty, the last one to go :( After spending the first year and a half of his life in a shed with no name he then went to live with a family but she gave him up due to his behaviour problems . Minty needed a quiet home with not to many visitors, eventually the perfect home came up for him :) I miss this little man so much.
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    This is our last minute together, before he continued on is journey down to Dorset
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  11. househens

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    Really lovely thread. I had no pcs of the Temps; and only a handful of my dogs, now. No camera or mobile phone
     
  12. Grace_Lily

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    I love this thread. So lovely to see so many happy endings. I've been meaning to foster for a long time but always hated the idea of letting them go, maybe it wouldn't be as bad as I'm expecting if you know they are going to loving forever homes.
     
  13. Paula07

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    Babysham2002 - All of them are gorgeous. How awful for Florrie and Eddie. People can be so cruel.:( I do love Patches, what a beautiful little dog. :eek:

    Its is hard, you bond with some more than others but you can't keep them all at the end of the day. Most owners are willing to keep in touch and sometimes happy to meet up. As hard as it is its also very rewarding. Give it go, to know you have changed a dogs life for the better is a good feeling. :)
     
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    Love this thread! When my children are older I will definitely be fostering although knowing what a soft touch I am I'm sure I'll just end up keeping them!
     
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    I think you all know my failed fosters
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    Some of my previous fosters
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    I will dowload more when photobucket lets me (down again)
     
  16. Paula07

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    thorex - Beautiful dogs.:001_wub:

    Coco reminds me of Ozzy's owners old GSD Crystal -
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    Hope its okay to bump! I've only been fostering a month now, but I'm on my second!
    First was Evie, a little 6ish year old staffy lady. She was such a sweety, and within a week, she'd made a woman and her daughter fall in love with her on the bus!
    2 weeks later off she went :)
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    Evie was SO easy, was fully trained, and so well mannered and laid back.. Then I got Sophie! A big mix of nerves and puppyness. She's the sweetest thing in the house, SO playful, and cuddly and kissy, and likes hugs with her front paws over my shoulders.. and she's not a small dog! She just constantly wants to be on my lap, having cuddles.
    She spends half her time bounding round the flat chasing tennis balls, and occasionally her tail. She's full of fun!
    I've been told she was used as a breeding bitch, then dumped in the pound, pregnant. :( She's clearly not had a full life so far, everything new makes me so nervous, and wary, bless her. But she is bloody gorrrgeous!
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    she really is a beauty :)
     
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    awww Evie and Sophie are gorgeous, I hope that Sophie gets as happy a ending as Evie :smile:
     
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    I'll try not to add too many :eek: :lol:
    I'll work backwards.

    Lenny, was being offered free on facebook, Allana picked him up and discovered he was severely underweight, so he came here to be looked after. Now has full rescue back up (didn't want him going into kennels, he would freeze!) and has been neutered.

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    Rocky, a friend needed him rehomed after a bad breakup. I wanted to keep him but on the sensible side, realise he needs a kid free quiet home with someone who has a lot of time for him (which was confirmed by a behaviourist)

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    Kaiser, his mum wanted him rehomed and was advertising him on facebook for £30. His sister had EPI (the pancreas insuficiency) meaning he carried it. But his mum couldn't/wouldn't have him neutered and couldn't/wouldn't get him to the local rescue. He was covered in fleas and mats when he arrived.
    He has now been rehomed by the local rescue and lives next door to a collie also from there, they play together :)

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    Ozzie, a good friend's sister wanted rid of him and was going to put him on gumtree. He came here with the intention of going to the local rescue but they were full with a load of irish poundies so I had him neutered and he went off to live with a friend of a friend out in the countryside and is very happy :)

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    Ruby (puppy) a ''friend'' took on too much and wouldn't wait for a space in the local rescue!

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    Here she is now. She goes to the beach every weekend with her lurcher sister.

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    Millie, was given to me after her holiday with me when she went home and messed in the house. Was found a new home via the old owners, who had a change in circumstances 2 months later. Was found a home by a small local rescue who 4 months later couldn't afford to keep her! The small rescue had gone into money problems so she came back to me. Now lives happily with a very good friend of OH and his sister, and is definitely in her forever home.

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    Mackie, his owner posted on here with a plea after she had to move back in with her parents and they threatened to take him to the pound. He was with me 2 months while she got herself back on her feet

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    I'll stop there :eek: :lol:
     
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