Well, today was hard. After almost four months, Reuger found his forever home!
This is obviously an extremely positive thing – logically I know this is why we foster, logically I know that he will thrive with his new family, and logically I know he will be a happy dog. Well I’m an emotional individual and at this particular moment say screw logic, I miss my pup.
Reuger has been a part of our family since January and we have been through a lot together. We have watched him transform from a timid, slow, and extremely sick dog to the goofy, sweet, playful pup he is. We took him to vet visits, we know his quirks, and while we hate when his cold nose nudges us demanding attention, we love his snuggles. We can both honestly can say we love the little guy.
And what really breaks our heart the most is knowing the he loves us back. I can’t help but worry he will think we gave up on him. Again, I am probably giving his mental capacity too much credit and logic would tell me dogs are adaptable but man that is the worst part about this goodbye.
Many people have asked why we don’t just adopt Reuger. And actually the most common response I get when I say we foster is “how do you not keep them all.” The only thing really keeping us from adopting is that if we had two dogs with our lifestyle/home we couldn’t keep fostering. There are too many more pups to save for that! While the goodbyes suck seeing pictures of Chance with a giant smile and the joy these families get from these dogs makes it worth it.
We also have final say in the forever families of our foster pups, and Tracy, Reuger’s new owner, gives me a great vibe. She has stuck around and waited for Reuger while he went through another round of treatment and knows ALL of his quirks/some of the issues we have had with him. Her and her boys will be great for Reuger and I can’t wait to see some pup-dates!
Alright I’m off to have a glass of wine (or a few) and some comfort food (mac and cheese…even though I’m lactose intolerant because I can…)!