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    Dropped her off yesterday morning. Hardest handover so far. Because under all her bravado, she is a very sensitive soul and I felt like I abandoned and betrayed her. And still do...

    I also got a bit worried when new owner sent me an email the night before saying that she'd been reading this article and was going to follow the advice: Successfully Adopting a Rescue Dog

    That made me shudder. If any dog should not be bullied into compliance, it would be this kelpie!
    Anywho, I sent a response with a link to an Ian Dunbar article and some suggestions about how to best let Billie get used to her new life and she took it on board.

    When I dropped off the dog, her new owner was ready with clicker and treat bag.

    It is so peaceful at home. Banjo and our cats love it. I had the best sleep in months. But god, I miss her.

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    that dog breed info site is scary - all pro cesar Milan

    So I filled out their dog bite survey
    Dog Bite Survey, Dog Breed Info Center

    And linked them this

    Dr Sophia Yin - new study shows alpha dog training can do more harm that good

    Even Cesar Milan says "don't do this at home". He gets bitten a lot.

    I don't know why people would rather listen to someone who waffles on about "energy" than scientists who actually study this stuff, keep records of what happens and then review the data for patterns. Ie who is in the hospital for trying to alpha roll their (rescue) dog or go through the door first.

    Victoria Stillwell recommends feeding dogs before you - to discourage begging at the table. Ie a full dog is less persistant than one that is really hungry.
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    It's always very hard doing handover. You've done a great job working with her and her new owners are going to be so happy with her

    Our current foster kitten went to his new home today. He's been by far my most favourite foster, he is just so friendly and gorgeous. The rescue coordinator has been trying to convince me to adopt him because he fits in so perfectly around here, she even offered to waive the adoption fee for me. 2 weeks ago I told her that if he wasn't adopted by the 28th then he was meant to stay with us and we would adopt him. On Friday she was contacted by someone who lost her husband to cancer a few months ago and their 8yr old daughter isn't coping very well so they wanted a companion to help her cope with his death. Their meet and greet went wonderful today and they took him home with them. I'm going to miss him so much but he has such an important job to do

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    I honestly didn't expect to miss this one this much... I thought it was just because I was so worried about how long it might take her to adapt. So I sent an email this morning to ask how her first night went and apparently she has been really good and they love her and it's all going very well.

    But I still miss her. I've been enjoying seeing the cats reclaim the house, but they seem a bit confused and possibly even bored. And Banjo just slept most of the day so now I'm worried she's feeling depressed (but she might just be tired and enjoy the peace and quiet). I think it would be easier to foster if we had 2 permanent dogs! But can't in this house...

    We finally have a meet and greet scheduled for our remaining foster kitten next week. We've had him for close to 5 months, so he's not exactly a kitten anymore. He's my favourite of the season too. And I told my daughter that if no one wanted to adopt him, we'd keep him! But hadn't set a date yet. My cat actually tries to play with him, which is a bit of a miracle. So I'm going to feel sad for her when he goes.

    It really is hard to let go. Like getting your heart broken a bit over and over. But it's not the end of the world and we get so much love and joy from these fosters too, so it all balances out.

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