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    Default Our second foster

    We've had Dana, staghound cross pup, for about 6 weeks now. And finally had an enquiry about her. I'm to call them back tomorrow (guy's in the navy and hard to get hold off) to organise for them to come meet Dana on the weekend. They don't live in this town, and if they like her, they can take her with straight away.

    And I will sob and sob if they do! She is so happy at our place and we are all so very attached to her. She reminds me so very much of my old dog, Luna. And I will worry a lot about her if she goes. She is a hunting dog with the attention span of a gold fish. It is very hard to get her to focus and thus hard to train. But we've been making steady progress (very slow though!). I think she will also not be great at adapting to new situations and has never been an only dog. The only time I left her alone in the car for about 5 minutes, I could hear her howl till the end of the street. She gets on well with other dogs - is friendly to them and reacts well to being told off - but she is a bossy little thing for a 7 month old. Banjo will let her steal her bone and then doesn't dare come near her. Mind you, my Banjo is a terrible sook. But it's been interesting to watch the dynamics.

    But I do really, really hope that they are the right family for her. I will just bombard them with questions to try make sure they are. I would much rather adopt her myself than let her go to a family where her needs may not be met sufficiently. But ideally, I would really like to see her rehomed so we can continue fostering. I think this is going to be the hardest of any fosters we've had (she's only the second dog, but we've had cats I found it a bit hard to say goodbye to too) and possibly the hardest ever. And for once I'm probably going to feel more devastated than my daughter as she is very much my dog while she lives with us.

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    Hope it all goes well! It's so sad when a foster leaves but it's opening up room to save another life

    Let us know how it goes!!

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    good luck with it all. I'm sure she'll have a good home and be happy wherever she ends up!

    thats exactly why we could never foster, would end up way to many dog's (especially staffy's and cattle dogs!)
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    My 8yo daughter was questioning me today about what I would do if the rescue org and I don't agree in the event I decide the family isn't suitable. I told her that if we really can't agree then I'd have to offer to adopt her myself. And my daughter was almost in tears when I said that because she so much wants to continue to foster. Bless her. But she is right. It can be a difficult balance between "selling" a dog to free up space for another and making sure it's a good match though.

    And the holiday season surge about to start. Plus many people don't adopt just before or during the Christmas period.

    And Ven, I will never budge on my 2 dog limit. I don't have the time or energy to walk dogs separately and 2 is already challenging sometimes. That is my motivation to try so hard to ignore my own emotions in this. I really want to make a difference and I can save more dogs by fostering than i ever could by adopting them. So many good dogs are killed in pounds... So my precious princess Dana will need to start her new life in her forever home soon to make room for the next poor soul. I'll get over my sadness soon enough, especially once we have another foster to keep me on my toes. And we are expecting or first foster kittens in a long while this weekend too! The kitten season has started in earnest. Our small org has about 40 and all the others in the region have similar numbers.
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    She is very beautiful, Beloz. I can see why it's going to be hard to see her go!

    But it's funny how it works, sometimes. We had a foster here, who chewed through a crate while we were out and absolutely TRASHED our house - pulled everything out! This dog didn't really care much for us - he'd accept a pat or have a run around with us, but he really didn't care as long as he was being fed. We thought we'd be stuck with him forever.

    A lovely young couple came up for a meet and greet. He flopped down at their feet with this massive grin on his face. He worked from home and she was studying by correspondence. Perfect match, and the dog knew it!

    All the best to you.

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    I have wondered if our foster knows she's only here temporarily. Though I think she probably just isn't all that interested in people. She is very friendly to them and once she feels sleepy she is the best snuggler, but just doesn't care about pleasing them or getting pats. I think that's part of the breed too. As opposed to my dog, her kelpie genes make her very sensitive and perceptive so she gets upset if I as much as give her an angry look and is very keen to please and the staffy genes turn her into a people stalker. Lol Dana just isn't all that interested if it doesn't look like prey, I reckon.

    But I would so very much love it if it would end as a love at first sight story like yours. It would make me very happy and I wouldn't lie awake at night worrying about how she'll cope after she leaves.

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    Oh she's beautiful, wondering why this is the first pic I've seen

    Hope it goes really well for you and her, this meeting.

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    Good on you for fostering...it must be hard to give them up...I couldn't do it as I would want to keep them all.
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    I just read the application and I'm not convinced this will work. They list as their desired breeds, staffy, staghound, mastiff and Rottweiler. The staghound is really the odd one out there. Their other dog is also 15 and I'm not sure how she will cope with a playful and bossy pup. And I suspect they are looking for a more people oriented dog, also with having two kids, and Dana is not at all in to people like a typical staffy might be.

    I also frowned when a check chain was mentioned in the application. But then, the questions are a bit weird and they only ask about how they intend to discipline the dog, not how they'll train them so I won't jump to conclusions from that tidbit.

    It's the first meet and greet she's had since we got her and I really want it to work. But am happy to look after her longer if this isn't her time. We're staying home for the holidays so a few more weeks won't matter if it may mean the perfect family might come along then. I'm trying my best to keep an open mind though. The guy who's coming to meet her with his wife sounded really nice.

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