Monday, June 27, 2016

Our Short Time with Luna as Dog Foster Parents

I have always had a love for animals, dogs especially. I had one special dog when I was a little girl but she died when I was six and we never really got to have dogs after that. So when I got married and became a grown up, the first thing I wanted was to get my own dog. I have fallen in love with my Ralphie. He is spoiled but also disciplined and I couldn't imagine life without him.

I wanted to help other dogs, but I didn't want to actually GET any more dogs right now. Nick said I should donate money to our local shelter, but I wanted to do something more. I saw Huntsville Animal Shelter advertise on the local news how they needed foster homes for the animals in their shelter. Perfect! We have trained Ralphie all by ourselves and we have a great living location for a dog to run. I contacted the shelter and they linked me up with a foster program for dogs called Ruff Tales K9 ResQ. All I had to do was fill out an application and specify the type/size of the dog I am willing to take in. Since Ralphie is only 20lbs, I didn't want anything bigger than him. After a few weeks, I got notification on a Friday night that a small dog needed a place to stay for 2 weeks, and we picked her up that next Saturday morning. Just like that!

Her name is Luna. She is a small chihuahua who is house and kennel trained and loves to cuddle. All she wants to do is lay next to you. She appears to be an older dog, does well on a leash, and is content wherever she goes. She was taken out of Huntsville Animal Shelter into this foster program in the hopes of finding her forever home.

Luna came with everything: her kennel, food, water, toys, blankets, leash, and her collar. All we had to do was provide the home. She seemed scared at first but warmed up pretty quickly.

She was pretty exhausted her first day. She had a big move and a big environment adjustment, so all she really wanted to do was lay around.

She would growl around Ralph at first. I think it was because she was so scared of him. As a little dog, I'm sure she felt like she couldn't defend herself, so that was her defense mechanism. After day one, she did much better and even started playing with Ralph!

I posted her picture and description on my Facebook page, had a couple "likes" and "shares" and BOOM, someone messaged me saying they wanted her! Luna is going to a perfect family too who is already in love with her. Once the adoption paperwork is complete through the foster program, she will be off to her forever home.

Goal achieved!

What a blessing it has been to be a part of Luna's life for this short time. The best thing about fostering dogs is knowing you are saving two lives: the life of the dog you're fostering and the life of a dog able to go into the shelter since you took a dog out of the shelter into your home.  Helpless dogs are killed every day because there is just simply not enough room in the shelter. Ruff Tales K9 ResQ is in need of short term foster homes (1-4 weeks). You can fill out an application on their website or message them on their Facebook page to find out more information. I know I can't save every dog, but I can at least try to save a few and hopefully impact the lives of these dogs and show them that they are a blessing and they are LOVED!

Can't wait for our next foster!