Foster pets is a thing?
We arrived at the park around 8:30 a.m. ready to dispatch walkers to canvas the neighborhood for Paul Canepa. Waiting for us was this cute dog. She was skittish and wouldn’t let anyone get too close, though she was very friendly and would follow anyone as they arrived, especially kids. Sudden movements, another dog in the park, a loud noise, all sent her fast-as-lightning-quick down the street. A few minutes later she returned as if nothing happened. We had no idea that before the day was through we would be foster parents to a dog.
Actually, I never knew foster pets was a thing, but apparently it is, and now we have one.
We don’t know where this dog came from. She wore no indications of having a home; no collar, no tags, but neither did she look like an uncared for stray. Perhaps she had run away from abuse. That might explain her reticent friendliness. Or, she may have been dumped. It was later that we found out the area of the park where we found her is a dumping spot for unwanted dogs and cats.
We weren’t really looking for a dog. Not really wanting one either, but she is so darn cute. Paul called friends who do animal rescue. Living nearby they came over and helped in the rescue effort. It wasn’t easy. The dog just wouldn’t come close enough to anyone to touch. At one point she finally let one of the kids scratch her tummy, but still managed to escape “capture.” Toys, hot dogs, water, even pretending to ignore her didn’t work. It was like a game to her. She would playfully chase kids, come running to get water, then bolt away. At some point though she let her defenses down and one of the rescuers was able to get a hand on her. The game was over and she became relaxed and calmed down. Perhaps she was relieved to know that she might soon have a home.
She would be taken to the shelter to see if she was “chipped,” and given shots, whatever processing they do, and then we could take her into “foster care” for a few days. If no one claims her we can adopt her. At least we have a few days to see how the cats feel about it. It should be an interesting few days here.
Though we weren’t looking for a dog, we have talked about the possibility of getting a small dog ever since our other cat died. It hasn’t been serious discussion, and has always ended with, “ahhh, yeah….no.” But I guess this is what happens when you begin your day with an animal lover like Paul Canepa telling you his own foster pets story.
She is sleeping on our living room rug right now. Relaxed, happy, tired from all the running around, and safe in a home where she will be well cared for whether she stays with us or not.
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In Stockton, find out more about pet adoptions and foster pets at the Animal Protection League.