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Doggy Daycare: Part II

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What a weekend I had! Apparently last time I fostered a dog from Doggy Protective Services one wasn’t enough. This time I wanted to make a zoo out of my condo. I fostered one puppy, babysat two Boxers and of course have my own! Four dogs were a bit much. I had to call in for help Friday night because I couldn’t handle it. My girlfriend came over to help me with all the dogs and keep them from tearing down the house.

The dog I fostered this time was Snoopy, a one year old Beagle mix. I really didn’t like the name and apparently he didn’t either because he never listened when I called him. He was such a good boy though. He was very timid and was awfully scared of Duchess, the 6 month old female boxer puppy! Poor Snoopy would run to a corner to try and hide from her. I felt so bad at first that I brought him into this situation but by the time he left they were best buds. I was happy to see that the next day he loosened up a bit and couldn’t stop playing with Duchess. This experience was great for him because he was socialized with other dogs and I think it will help him get adopted.

Halo, the older white Boxer, even tried to get in the mix but it was really just Duchess’ game. I can’t even explain how hard it was. This must be what it feels like to have kids. Every second I was running from room to room to keep tabs on all the pups. I couldn’t leave Duchess alone because she would tear something up or have an accident or pounce on Snoopy. And I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Snoopy because he was a jumper and also liked to try and sneak out of the house. And he actually did- twice. I was terrified but finally caught him.

I dropped off Snoopy the next day at the adoption and wished him well. I found out he wasn’t adopted and was sad to hear that but I know there are more adoption events and I am sure someone will bring him home. Until next time…

Snoopy on the couch

The Welby Zoo. Halo, Gracie, Duchess & Snoopy

Look at her little tongue! They were so cute fighting for this bone.

Trying to wear out Duchess with a game of fetch. It didn’t work!

My Experience As a Foster Mom

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I had such an amazing and enlightening weekend. My favorite part was becoming a foster mom for the first time for Doggy Protective Services (DPS). I came across their posting for volunteers online and thought this would be a great thing to try! I love dogs and really just want to help out as much as I can with rescue dogs (I rescued Gracie from the San Jose Animal Shelter) and signed up immediately.  DPS rescues dogs from shelters that have been there for too long and are likely to be put down. I am pretty sure they also just rescue dogs they like and want to help train and take care of. The pound can be so depressing and I am so thankful these amazing people are out there helping all these dogs. They keep all the dogs in foster homes across California and do not have any kennels.

Best Friends

I went to Pet Food Express Friday night to visit all the dogs that were in town for the adoption on Saturday morning. As soon as I put my hand down in the cage Huck ran up to me and licked my hand like I was his long-lost Mom. His personality was so playful and kind and I couldn’t resist his cute little under bite. There must have been about 15 dogs there waiting for their foster parents. Just to get a better sense I walked Huck around the store to see how we did together and we hit it off! I filled out an application and we were off. I had signed up to foster him for the evening and then bring him back the next day for the adoption.

My dog Gracie just fell in love with him too. Huck is about 8 months old and is a Shih Tzu terrier mix which is very similar to Gracie.  It was so amazing to see how fast Gracie and Huck connected. One minute I turned around and they were rolling around together and playing like best friends. They did this all night and chased each other around my living room for almost an hour! I even spent some time training him to sit and he got it but soon forgot. Huck is such a cheerful and affectionate puppy and it is safe to say he kept me up most of the night with his kisses.

Right after I picked up Huck

I really became attached to him in less than 24 hours and contemplated adopting him myself but it would have been just too much. It is already hard with Gracie and my work schedule and although I think it would have been nice to have them home together in the day time playing and sleeping, but I didn’t do it. I was so sad when I dropped him off the next day but knew he would find an amazing home! I haven’t heard confirmation that he found his fur-ever home but based on the tweets from @DPSRescue, he was “a hot commodity.” I look forward to speaking to DPS and find out where he ended up. Maybe Huck and Gracie can have a play date soon. If anyone is interested in fostering these dogs check out Doggy Protective Services. I will definitely be doing this again!

 

Dropping Huck off at the adoption

My Blessing, Gracie

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Gracie and I in Laguna Beach

This should have been one of my first posts! Gracie Kelly is my two year old puppy. I still call her a puppy because she acts like one and has the personality of a rambunctious 4 month old puppy! Since the day I got her, my life has been so much better. She has changed me in so many ways. I learned what is means to be selfless and have someone else to take care of. It isn’t about just me anymore. It is about Gracie and making sure she is okay. It is a wonderful feeling and I have learned so much from her. 🙂

I rescued Gracie from the San Jose Animal Shelter in the summer of 2010. I was having a very tough time in life and was feeling down. I live near by the shelter and occasionally I would stop in to see the animals to cheer me up. Some people don’t understand and think it is depressing but it really isn’t. Looking at the positive side of things, these animals are taken off the streets or from bad homes and are given the opportunity to have a new life! Just like Shannon…that was Gracie’s name when I found her. (She was picked up on the street somewhere in East Side San Jose.)

It was a Sunday afternoon and I strolled into the shelter. Every time I go I see tons of Chihuahuas and Pit bulls! They really over breed. I was shocked to see a fluffy white and black dog in one of the cages. I immediately fell in love with Gracie. I walked up and put my finger up to the cage to say hello. Usually I wouldn’t recommend this but I could tell she was extremely coy. She rolled over on her back and laid there. She was very submissive when I met her and actually still is a bit. She is opening up more of course but still sometimes curls up in a ball to strangers.

I left the shelter in love with her but not sure if I was ready to really commit to this. My Mom and I were throwing around the idea to get a dog together for some time and had a date to visit some Yorkies up in the Los Gatos hills the next day. I always wanted a Yorkie. They are just so cute and tiny and their teddy bear faces are irresistible. Of course we both fell in love with our own puppy at the breeders’ house but couldn’t commit to spending almost $1,500 for a puppy. I am so happy we didn’t.

On the way home I told her about “Shannon.” I wasn’t sure how my mom would handle the idea. I didn’t think she would like getting a shelter dog…and thought she would prefer purchasing a pure breed dog. But I was so wrong.

The shelter was closed the next day, Monday, so she went over first thing on Tuesday morning to see Shannon. She got there at 9:30am because she thought they opened at 9am. And good thing she got there early. As soon as she arrived a lot of people showed up and got in line behind her. The shelter opened at 10am and she was first in. I told her to go find Shannon and she did. She was the first one to the cage to see her. She called me immediately and said she loved her. She spoke to the staff and asked about the process for adoption. No one else had put in any requests and Gracie had been there for almost 7 days at this time. So many questions ran through my head. Why didn’t her owners come claim her…did she have owners? Was she born on the streets?

My mom called me and said she wanted to adopt Gracie and asked for my final thoughts. I was so excited..she told me not to get too excited yet because there were at least 10 other people in there eyeballing her. About an hour later, my mom called me back screaming, “WE GOT HER!” I could not believe it. I asked her if she could leave her there because I wanted to come back with her later in the day and pick her up. I wanted to experience it and be there with her when she left and become OURS. It was a silly idea and my mom assured me if she didn’t take her now she wouldn’t be there later that day.

I was in Concord at the time working…60 miles away but felt like I was hundreds of miles away. I just wanted to be there for the process and see her precious face as she jumped in the car. On the drive home I started brainstorming names for her. I threw around a few names..but nothing stuck.

My mom brought her home to my house and made a nest for her in the kitchen. She put up a baby gate, put a bed in there, toys, food and water. I finally got home a few hours later and was so happy! What a wonderful surprise. I was almost in tears. She was amazing. So loving and excited to be out of that stinky, noisy shelter!

Then it hit me. This was a complete blessing. A Grace from God. It all made sense. She was as much as a blessing to me, as I was for her. GRACE. GRACIE. MY LOVE.