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    Default Fostering dogs

    I just filled out the application for fostering dogs through the organisation we fostered kittens for. I'm still waiting for someone to send me their membership renewal form and then all the paperwork is done and I'll see what they send our way. I'm excited about it but also a tad nervous. I've just moved house and am feeling rather tired. I don't know how I'll deal with a potentially not house trained dog for example. I have brand new carpets!

    But I'm keen to foster because I can now I own my own home. And Banjo will appreciate the company. I'm also looking forward to doing some training with the foster dog and improve my dog training skills.

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    Good on you Beloz! You are a trojan for taking this on while still settling into your new home.
    I hope it all goes smoothly for you. Keep us updated.

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    'Beloz' - some links from this forum about fostering dogs:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...dogs-cats.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...omorrow-d.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...t-rescues.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-rescu...arer-dogs.html

    You have fostered kittens and you have experience with dogs - so - I am sure you will enjoy it !

    Heaps of Good Luck Wishes !

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    Awesome thing to do beloz. Much respect to you and all the other fosterers out there.

    My wife and I would love to do the same one day.

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    I just had a look at the foster dog website, AMAZING! I never knew this was an option.

    Good on you Beloz, you are a good man!
    I hope the new home and fostering goes well!

    KP.
    Feel free to have a look at our canine health supplement site - kingly-pet.com

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    I think you'd be a marvelous foster mum Beloz! well done.
    And you are right, having a new dog, does brush up those training skills! as im discovering having taken on Brian this month.

    Banjo will be house training any visiting foster, not just you. And i bet between the 2 of you, you'll have continent dogs within 48 hrs.
    And training anything to a dog, when you have another dog that knows the behaviour and models it, is awesomely much faster learning! and such fun.
    of course, banjo will also teach new dogs his bad habits.

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    Still no pup. I think they are trying to find me a small one because of the size of our backyard. Which suits us fine. Banjo's first real friend was a JRT cross.

    I should get that dog door in soon. But I still have a zillion things on my to do list and to buy.

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    It is very quiet in rescue world, thank goodness.

    But I just put my hand up to foster a kelpie x pup that needed a new foster carer. Very tentatively, because they described him as high energy. I thought they would knock me back because of our small yard. But they are now organising for him to be desexed and sent over to Canberra!

    Banjo will be over the moon, my daughter will be very excited too. And I'm very nervous about how it will impact on our routine. And my new carpets. And our brand new turf.

    Apparently he is good with kids and cats, so he must be a good dog. I've no idea yet how old he is exactly. I've only seen photos of him from when he was 3 months old, but they rarely update their ages on petrescue. I'll let you know when I know more.

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    Beloz, get yourself out and buy a good crate (or order it over the internet - that's ok too!) if you haven't already got one. I can't help you with the turf, though.

    Good luck and all the best!

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    I kinda bailed out of this one. After I repeatedly expressed my concern about the risk of incessant barking, the main organiser decided to leave her with her temporary carer who is home most of the time.

    I feel bad about it and I fear I might have given the organisers the impression that I'm fussy and precious. But barking is pretty much the only issue I would struggle with too much, because of the type of housing we live in and me being at work 5 days a week. I know often they won't know if they may bark or not when they place a dog, but this one did have a history of barking...

    So now we wait to see who else may be sent our way.

    I do feel sad about it because I felt I already knew this kelpie a bit. Maybe, if he wasn't adopted at their adoption drive today, I'll ask to send him over after all. I don't know!

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