Good news! I heard from the shelter and I get to pick up our foster dogs on Tuesday. I have become obsessed with dog preparations. It started with a stop at the local dog supply store, Bone Appetit.
I was only looking. I just wanted to know what kinds of toys and tools were available for dogs these days since it’s been a few years since we lost our last dog to cancer. We met an owner and she explained a new type of leash to us that is a thick, rubber leash that prevents jerking either the dog or the owner.
This reminds me that our foster dogs don’t know how to walk on a leash. I’m not sure if a gentle leader or something like this semi-stretchy leash is a better idea to start with. I’m pretty sure that whichever route I go, we’re going to go through a lot of bacon in the process. 🙂
I look at the display of stuffed toys on the wall and remember my own childhood when I used to save up my earnings from mowing lawns to buy myself stuffed animals. When we discover animals that look like pelts, I realize these are not for human children.
I can’t make fun of anyone for spoiling their dogs. Besides working on not being judgmental, I was guilty of spoiling our dogs rotten. We used to feed them a raw diet that involved stocking a huge freezer with whole chickens, grass-fed cow bones and stomachs, livers, and a variety of other “goodies” that we would never eat ourselves.
I check out the brands of dog foods offered by this store and am happy to see that several I’m familiar with are available. I don’t plan to go the raw food route, but I would like to use a high quality food that will help with the house breaking.
The owner tells us that the store works with the same shelter. I’m excited to meet people who love dogs and work with the shelter–it gives me confidence that the foster dogs are being treated well and will be OK.
I return home and dig out some photos of my best friend’s dogs. One of her dogs, Bonnie, hates the camera. I crawled under a table to try to get a shot of her and only got the back of her black head in an even blacker shadow. I tried sneaking a shot from my iPhone and she was even savvy to that. No pictures of Bonnie.
The other dog, Paris, just laid there and let me shoot her for as long as I wanted. The lighting wasn’t great, but I managed to have fun talking to her like a fashion model while I shot. “Paris, look this way. Oh, that’s it. Now tilt your head. Now raise your eyebrows. Perfect. Play dead. Perfect!”
I am sure I will be posting plenty of foster dog pictures in the near future–I hope Paris isn’t jealous.
Best of luck with the fostering. Those little dogs are so lucky to have someone like you to give them a chance!