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Goodbye, Josie

Today is bittersweet. Josie is going to her new home. While I am thrilled that we were able to find such a perfect match for her, I can’t help but also be a little sad, for selfish reasons. I love this dog. We even considered keeping her at one point. But ultimately we decided that three dogs was too much for us. I also think I may want to foster again in the future, so I’m looking at this as us keeping our home open for future dogs in need.

Josie is going to a great couple from Oregon, so she won’t be too far away for the occasional visit. They are so excited about her, and are some of the most knowledgeable and responsible pet owners I’ve met. I have no doubts they will be amazing “parents” to her. I also know our rescue is good about keeping adopters involved with future events, so I have to keep reminding myself that this won’t be the last time we see her. I will definitely miss her cuddles every morning when she climbs into our bed and wedges herself between us, tail thumping from side to side, whacking us both. I’ll miss her snorts and grunts when she gets really excited and gives us big sloppy pittie kisses. I’ll also really miss the way her whole body wags from side to side when she’s happy. She truly is an amazing dog, and I wish her the best in her new home. I take comfort in knowing her new owners will love her even more than we do, and I’m grateful for having the opportunity to save her from the life (or lack thereof) that she would have surely had if she hadn’t been picked up off the streets and placed into foster care.

With that farewell, I leave you with a photo  dump of several pictures we’ve taken of Josie over the last four months (I also have several videos on YouTube if anyone’s interested!)

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First day we took her in

First day we took her in

Day one - checking out her surroundings

Day one - checking out her surroundings

Exhausted after a romp with Stewie

Exhausted after a romp with Stewie

"Oh hi"

"Oh hi"

Sitting pretty on the patio

Sitting pretty on the patio

"Catch me if you can!"

"Catch me if you can!"

Rough and tumble

Rough and tumble

Stewie play bows; Josie is exhausted

Stewie play bows; Josie is exhausted

All three dogs playing in the yard (I can't believe how small Josie used to be!)

All three dogs playing in the yard (I can't believe how small Josie used to be!)

Josie shows off her pretty pink fleece

Josie shows off her pretty pink fleece

Small, medium, large

Small, medium, large

She's a fan of cozy spaces

She's a fan of cozy spaces (camera phone pic - excuse the quality)

Getting so big! (another phone pic)

Getting so big! (another phone pic)

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My “special” boy…

Stewie 6-7 006 (2)(sigh) Poor Stew Pot. He just wont stop chasing his tail. He does it when he’s bored, excited, stressed out, or seemingly, just because. What’s worse, he’ll actually catch it, at which point his eyes sort of glaze over while he sucks and chews his tail. He drools profusely when he does this. We try to get him to snap out of it when we see him by telling him “no” or “leave it” – and he’ll eventually drop his tail (and then wag it, flinging slobber all over everything). We adopted him about a year ago, and it seems to be getting progressively worse. Lately he’s even started sucking his tail in his crate while we’re at work (he never used to do this in his crate), and by the time we get home he’s completely soaked all his bedding with drool. He’s also started to lose the hair on his tail from chewing/sucking it.

I don’t think it’s a lack of exercise. Even after a long walk, the first thing he does when we get home and take the leash off him is to start spinning. He plays with our other dog and our foster dog constantly, which you’d think would wear him out as well. It doesn’t seem to matter how tired he is – unless he’s actually sleeping, he’s likely to start spinning.

A vet diagnosed him with OCD a while back, and we’ve talked about possibly starting him on medication, but I’m hesitant to do so because I don’t want to alter his personality. He’s such a great dog with the sweetest disposition and I don’t want to turn him into a zombie or a walking vegetable. But it’s gotten worse lately so we’re going to start exploring our options. We saw the vet again this morning and he referred us to a behaviorist to see if there’s anything else we can be doing in the behavior-modification department before drugging him up. I emailed the behaviorist today, so we’ll see what happens…

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One step closer to adoption…!

On Saturday I took Josie to the Des Moines Pet Festival to hang out at with our rescue at the adoption booth. A couple interested in Josie were driving all the way up from Oregon to meet her, so I was pretty excited about this event. I had spoken to the potential adopters via email and knew they were very interested in her, but I was a bit nervous about the meet and greet. Would they like her as much in person? Would Josie steal their hearts they way she has completely stolen ours? I’m happy to say, the answer to both questions is YES! Josie was definitely a bit distracted with all the interesting sights, smells and sounds at the festival, so she wasn’t nearly as focused or affectionate as she usually is, but Jeff and Emily got to take her for a good long walk to “test drive” her, and they are interested in moving toward a possible adoption.

Next steps are setting up a home check, followed by a week-long trial run.  Since they live so far away, I will probably end up driving to Oregon to check out their home, and assuming everything checks out (which I’m sure it will), I’ll leave Josie behind at that time. If all goes well with the trial, we’ll probably meet halfway a week later to officially sign the paperwork. It’s bittersweet. I will be sad to let her go, but three dogs is really a lot to handle and I am looking forward to being able to devote more time to my own two dogs, who have taken a bit of a backseat to the attention-stealing foster puppy! It’s also comforting to know Josie would be going to such a great home. I know I’ll miss her terribly, but this experience has truly been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

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