Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! This blog is long overdue for an update post, so here it is. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the new year so far.
Foster Dog Updates
We haven’t shared our fostering adventures in a while because there hasn’t been much to tell. Like everyone else, the holiday season was busy for us, so we didn’t have much time to take in foster dogs. However, we did have one foster dog for the week leading up to Christmas. Her name is Fergie, and she was our 20th foster dog!
Fergie is a French Bulldog/Pug mix, so as you can imagine, she was scooped up in no time. The rescue took her in with a few other dogs that came from a bad breeding situation. Fergie stayed at the rescue’s office for a few days, and in that time, she found a forever home. However, she couldn’t go home with her adopter until she got a vet checkup, which was scheduled later in the week.
So, Molly fostered her until she was able to go home with her adopter. She was a fairly easy foster, but like all breeder surrenders, she had some unusual behaviors. First of all, she was skittish in certain scenarios. She loved people and being pet, but she was always hesitant at first. She grew attached to Molly, but she was still scared of things that were new or unfamiliar. For example, she had never been on a walk before, so she was too scared to walk on a leash.
In only a week, we saw her come out of her shell quite a bit. She started playing with toys and pawing at Molly when she wanted attention. When it was time for her to go to her forever home, Molly was confident she would do well, especially since her new mom seemed very kind. Last we heard, Fergie is already being spoiled, just like she deserves!
Focusing on Other Volunteer Work
At the moment, we don’t have a foster dog, but we are planning to dog-sit some former fosters next week. Whenever we don’t have a foster, people consistently ask us when we’re getting another one. Lately, I can tell Molly has been less eager to rush into getting more dogs. She has been busy, and I know that fostering a dog can be stressful. The last two fosters we had liked to bark in the middle of the night, so I’m sure that wasn’t fun for her.
So, to answer the question that everyone’s asking, I don’t know when we’ll get another foster dog. If a really easy one needs a foster home or if one that’s already adopted needs a place to stay for a few days, I’m sure Molly will step up. But overall, I think she’ll be taking more breaks so she doesn’t overwhelm herself. She loves fostering dogs, but she still deserves to relax once in a while.
With this in mind, Molly made a New Year’s Resolution to focus on other types of volunteering this year. Whenever she doesn’t have a foster dog, she will try to sign up for more events at the rescue and potentially see if other animal organizations need volunteer work. That way, she can still help dogs in need without it having to be a full-time gig.
Of course, fostering is one of the best ways to help dogs in need, but don’t feel bad if you can’t commit to it right now. Not everyone has the time and energy to foster all the time, and that’s okay. But if you’re looking for a way to make a difference this year, consider some type of volunteering. Even if you can’t volunteer, donating and advocating are great ways to help animals too!
What Does the Future Hold for My Blog?
Since Molly has been having a hard time committing to fostering, she has also had a difficult time committing to this blog, as I’m sure many of you have noticed. Don’t worry, this blog will stay up for years to come, but it may never be as active as it used to be. We’ve decided that we’ll only post on it when we’re inspired or have something specific to share with the world. And if you ever have any animal-related topics you’d like us to cover, or if you’d like to submit a guest post, feel free to contact us!
Molly has a lot of other writing projects to focus on, including her writing jobs and a book she has been working on. So, she’s planning to focus on those for the time being. When she has more time, she might add more cool things to this blog or potentially create a non-dog-related blog (crazy, right?), but we’ll just have to wait and see.
I hope 2023 is off to a good start for everyone! Keep helping rescue dogs whenever you get the chance.
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