I've posted a similar thread to this on my foster group's forum but haven't received any responses and I know I will get some honest answers here.
I have been fostering puppies (5-12 weeks old) and I have started wondering if I'm the wrong person to have them. I work full time and can't spend a lot of time with the pups. My day is pretty much like this:
5am wake up, feed pups, get ready for work, feed my 2 dogs and give them a bit of a cuddle, etc, turn off all electricals and make house safe (they are staying in the house while I'm at work).
6:30am leave the house
4pm get home from work - feed pups, say hi to my dogs and have a wrestle/cuddle
4:30pm put my dogs outside, bring pups in to follow me around while I clean up, get dinner ready, etc
5pm bring my dogs back inside, put pups back in their room so I can spend next 2 hours entertaining my dogs. I sometimes bring the pups in for a play during this time but bringing them in means putting my BC in the crate as she is grumpy so would attack them. Note: she doesn't do much anyway apart from grump out in the corner or my bedroom.
7:30pm Go to bed (to calm Rottweiler down so she'll go to sleep).
I want to be able to spend more time with the pups but I can't because I'm not willing to put my own dog's needs second to fosters (which I feel is complete fair).
Is it unfair to these pups? (remembering that they are with me because they would have otherwise been put down). Do other foster carers put in the same effort they would if it was their pup? Should I just chill out a bit and try not to care so much?
I signed up for this because I wanted to contribute to giving dogs a chance where others haven't, but I don't want to end up being the cause of them having problems from lack of socialisation as pups.
Please, all feedback is welcome.