Two weeks ago our foster dog Heidi got adopted by a wonderful family! After taking Heidi to them for a home visit, my husband and I knew that we were going to be saying goodbye to this beautiful spirit covered in fur.
A few days later we escorted Heidi to her new home and family. She now has 2 adults, 2 young ladies and 2 kittehs to call her own. I have never felt so much joy and sadness at the same time. We said our goodbyes and drove away as Heidi went on her first walk with her family. Knowing she has a great family to care for and love her has made this process easier.
As I’m writing this, I’m wiping away my tears. I remind myself that I did my job, which was to get Heidi healthy and ready to for her forever home. Now that has happened, I prepare for the next foster dog. If I had my way, we’d already be getting to know our next foster dog!
During this time I’m spending some extra quality time with our dog Marley. I want to make sure that she isn’t stressed by Heidi’s absence and give her reassurances that this is her permanent home. The less stressed she is, the better off everyone will be when the day comes to bring another Golden into our home. Marley is all for the extra stuffed Kongs, extra training sessions, ATV runs and playtime! She’s even been joining me on the couch while I read some new books I got.
I decided to make the most of this foster-less time. Since I want to be better prepared and educated when making future dog introductions (I was lucky with Bela & Heidi), I picked up a bunch of dog training/behavior/communication books that were recommended on the Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon website. I’ll let you know what books I find the most beneficial.