Thursday, September 6, 2007

Charlotte - Our First Foster

Fostering has been something I've always wanted to do. There's just something special about taking in an animal, loving it, teaching it the ways of the world and then turning it over to a loving home with a little piece of you attached to it. Sure it's sad when they leave, but you've done something very special that not everyone can do. I think that's an important gift.

When we moved into our new house this summer, Kevin and I knew that we wanted to eventually expand our little greyhound family from one to two, but I liked the idea of fostering instead. Seka loves company, but we weren't sure how the cats would do.

Then Charlotte came into our life a few weeks ago. An ad in the Macon Telegraph read "Two female greyhounds, free to a good home, 4/5 yo." Of course I called. They only had a little black female, who they believed was four years old, left. She wasn't spayed, and had been living outside for the past year and a half. After a call to the SEGA kennel to make sure there was room for her, I picked her up and took her to Ackworth on Sunday, August 26.


On the Ride to Ackworth

Daydreaming, her official racing name, would only be three on September 20. She was incredibly shy. A total spook. But she could be Seka's twin sister, which totally made me fall for her instantly. She was in good shape for having lived outdoors for so long. While she wasn't sure about the leash I put on her, and she couldn't get in the car, she did know how to lean. I love that characteristic.


Settled into my new kennel

She tested cat tolerant and small dog tolerant just a few days ago. We'll pick her up on Saturday morning and enter into our first fostering experience. I'm so excited. Kevin is very nervous. For us, it's like bringing a new baby home from the hospital, although we don't know what that's like.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a cute blog! Enjoyed your comments and the pictures.

IHateToast said...

you'll love fostering! it's so fun to watch the change. i miss it. my only financial goal is to afford a house further from the city, but, of course, near the train station. big yard for a foster and 2 dogs.

that's my goal.

reading backwards. i'm glad to see that seka has embraced the foster friend. she'll be mopey when charlotte leaves, but oh so happy to see the next one. so fickle.

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