The dog sanctuary in my home is changing focus. Instead of rescuing and rehoming dogs, I will be, and have already been off and on, fostering dogs. This change took a long time coming. I've been rescuing for about 10 years or so. I recognize, though, there are many means to help dogs and people while giving my own dogs more attention - attention they graciously lost to the rescue dogs and the activities involved with them.
Currently, I have 4 foster dogs. Two will soon be moving on - to China! Their family is moving to teach at an international school. The quarantine, of which I know nothing, allows these dogs to join them after over two years here. I will miss them dearly.
Luna is a miniature Dachshund who sits up on his hind legs for a treat. When I reach to pick him up under his belly, he gently lifts up the front half of his body to make his pick-up easier. So sweet. Luna is dedicated to being in a lap or in someone's arms.
Luna Dachshund, pure lap dog
His adopted "sister," Angel, not always is. She is quite mischievous. Her first year here was dedicated to sleeping under blankets so much so I warned anyone visiting to check the blanket or chair covering before sitting down. This year, Angel perfected her Earth dog techniques: she dug tunnels, holes around and under the fence through which for awhile she went AWOL. Angel bosses Luna around and keeps up with any size dog in the crew here. My Bloodhound, Ellie Mae, is fascinated by these wee dogs but Angel tells her to "back off" when Ellie gets too overbearing with her nose.
Angel singing on the couch with Mandy
Currently, I'm waiting to hear when and how I need to get them to their family or local grandmama for their big adventure. I've been blessed by these two wee dogs. Dachshunds are not fragile. They are dogs bred to do battle with badgers so are quite strong and tenacious given the opportunities. Certainly, my yard demonstrates Angel's tenacity as well as my own Seymour's (RIP).
For these two sets of dogs and their folks, fostering them allowed their families the ability to change and settle their lives without giving up their dogs.
Next week: The Foster Dogs - Ginger and Buster