It has been over 2 years and multiple foster dogs since my last post about Duke & Holly so I thought it was about time I wrote an updated post. Duke and Holly found their forever home after being on foster with us for around 11 months, which was very bittersweet. Although it is always difficult when a long term foster dog gets adopted, this time we were much more involved in the adoption process which made it a much easier transition for us. Their new owners are an amazing couple who live not far from us, they came over to our house to meet Duke and Holly and instantly fell in love. They made the decision to adopt them and so, the following weekend, we arranged to bring the dogs to their house and stayed for a little while whilst they had a nosey around their new home, to make the transition easier for both the dogs and for me! haha. We are still in touch with their new owners and I occasionally get sent photos of them out and about enjoying life. I am so thankful that their new owners have chosen to stay in touch!
Since then, we’ve had a few foster dogs for shorter periods of time and then another bonded pair called Bonnie & Sox who are a mother and daughter duo. We had them for just over 6 months and they are such beautiful dogs. I’m still in touch with their new owners now and have been to visit them in their new home which was so lovely.
I currently have a gorgeous 3 legged male American Staffy X called Ian and I have been fostering him for about 7 months now. Ian is 3 years old and came to the refuge about a year ago in a not so great condition. When he came in to the refuge, he did have all 4 legs, however, he was unable to move one of his back legs, so upon assessment by a specialist they had to make the difficult decision to amputate. 1 year on and it doesn’t seem to bother him in the slightest! He still loves to run around and play just as much as any 4 legged dog would.
Ian is such a softie, he loves his food and his cuddles and has quickly made his way on to the couch and into my heart. I have been going through a difficult time myself over the past year and although I know that the decision to take him on foster was for his benefit, I do believe that it has definitely benefited me just as much, if not more. That’s the thing about dogs, they’re so loyal and compassionate and they are always there when you need them most.
Ian has become much calmer since being in foster, he’s also put on some weight which is awesome. He loves to go for walks, play tug of war and cuddle up on the couch watching TV. He has also become somewhat of a local celebrity as he had a photo shoot for the 2019 Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA Calendar, as well as a photo shoot for this years Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA Christmas Cards.
I know that it will be extremely hard to say goodbye because he has been such a loyal companion, he has made me feel safe and has been here to cuddle and give me kisses when I have needed it the most. Once he has been adopted, I will just have to keep reminding myself that this is why I chose to foster in the first place, to help dogs like Ian find their happily ever after.
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