Well, I promised that my next post would be a happier one, and I don’t think it gets much happier than fur kids. So, as promised, here’s my happier post, and your introduction to Duke.
Nick and I finally took the leap into long term fostering. We’ve done short term fostering before; when puppies weren’t old enough for the shelter, when a cat needed to gain weight (our house is a great place to come if you need to gain weight), and short term fostering when a friend who fosters regularly was on vacation. But we’d always held back on long term, open ended, they might be here for months or longer fostering.
Saturday that changed. A friend who regularly fosters through the no kill shelter forwarded me an email about fostering Duke, a Boxer Dalmation mix. Duke is heartworm positive, and has a broken leg that didn’t heal properly, so he hops along, not using the leg. He was in a kill shelter, and could be saved by the no kill shelter if a foster home could be found in time. We decided to make the leap.
We picked Duke up on Saturday afternoon and brought him home. He and Emma were instant friends, and he has done well with the quirky quartet of cats. He has settled into the rhythm of our home without any issues. It almost seems like he has always been there.
Duke is finishing up some medication for kennel cough, and tomorrow we go for a booster shot and to get the first round of heartworm medication. At this point we’re told that likely nothing will/can/should be done about his leg until after he’s finished with the heartworm treatment. We’ll probably know more after his first vet’s appointment.
In the meantime, we’re just enjoying having him. Emma seems happy to have a dog friend, and Duke seems happy to be staying with us. He seems to crave attention. He follows us through the house, and stays in the same room with us pretty much all of the time. He’s a very happy guy; always excited about treats and toys, and happily greeting us when we come home. I think he knows he has been given a second chance for a better life.