Well we're getting the homecheck done next week, then the foster springer will be following shortly after! Possibly getting a young field boy from a high kill shelter in upstate NY. I'm excited. Have the crate ready and set up a tie out for play outside. Looking into some fencing for one area of the yard.
I know alot of you foster. Any advice or tips? The rescue tells me not to allow the dogs on the couch or beds as its not *their* house but my dogs house. They're also going to go over some other things I should and shouldn't do before I get the dog. I know it's going to be hard to let go!!
The hardest part will be not getting to attached. even if the animal seems to be fine stay on alert for behavioral changes,remember your fostering so you can't treat the dog the same as you do your own, that has to be saved for the person who will get the dog in the end.your hardest challenge is going to be letting go. it's hard to foster when emotions come into play.good luck and this is a wonderful thing your doing!! :)
Good for you! I've fostered for 8 years and it's wonderful. Of course the bad cases you see and having to give them up can be hard, but it's all worth it when you get to see them go to a loving family that will love of them for the rest of their lives.
No pic of the dog yet as the male may end up in another foster home. I have to go to agway or somewhere to get some cheap fencing to put up. Figure one little area will be good so he OR she can run and play. I will post many pictures once I get him/her!!
I plan to treat the dog like I do my own. Lots of walks, lots of love, and will do obedience with it. Just no couch or beds.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 1/5/2007 2:47:41 PM*** Reason: add
gbroxon you can't treat the dog the same way you treat your own because you have to be aware of habits that you have with your own dogs and remember that this dog will go to someone else in the future. don't confuse my message. you have to keep in mind that a habit you may have with your pets is a habit someone else ma``y not like.I am not saying treat the dog as if it doesn't belong... you can't let them on your couches,in your bed, you have to keep them prepared to leave to go to a home that will do all of those things.
***Edited By: sunny_36 on 1/5/2007 3:30:23 PM*** Reason: ``
i hope you are a more successful foster home than i am. two years later i still have my *foster* dog. just in case, are you prepared to have the dog for that long ? i don;t know how popular springers are, but i know people are not banging down anyones doors for ASD's, so i had to take on salty knowing i may have her for a long while, or even permanently.
the only piece of advice i have that no one has mentioned yet is that the true colors of most dogs won't show up until they have been in your home for a bit. the magical time period seems to be roughly 2-3 months. so i would lay down the rules now, so when that 2 month period is up, you will have a better foundation to work on any problems that will surface.
Yeah I've thought of that. Typically, unless the dogs are older, they get adopted really quick. Especially the girls. We get girls in and 2 weeks later they're gone. The waiting list is about 50 people too. But the senior dogs just never go. So I am prepared to take in a senior for the rest of its life.
congrats riley, thats awesome. i would love to foster french or english bullies. my frenchies would love it too, more playmates. lol i just know i would get too attached and wouldnt be able to part with them. i would have to chain myself to something solid when the new owners came to collect their new baby. good luck to you, you will be an excellent foster mamma !