Foster # 8!

Here’s our latest foster dog, she arrived Saturday evening. She’s a corgi mix and has the corgi long body and stub tail. What is she mixed with? No clue. But she is adorable, sweet, playful, and entirely engaging. We love her! She has made easy friends with our dogs and fits in very well. She’s said to be about 2 years old which I think is a pretty fair assessment.

But even more amazing, to me, is that we’ve got our 8th foster LESS THAN A YEAR after beginning to foster dogs! I think the longest a foster has stayed with us is around 2 months and that’s generally because there’s some sort of medical issue we are mitigating. But by and large we don’t have them all that long, they keep flying right back into forever homes!

Of the 8:

-3 were heartworm positive and went through treatment.
-8 were female
-7 were from louisiana
-1 was a returned dog originally from louisiana as a puppy-so technically all 8 were from louisiana
-1 had surgery to remove her eye
-2 spay surgeries in our care the rest were done before they arrived
-They ranged from 15 pounds to 60 pounds, but generally are around 30 pounds.
-Only 2 (and maybe 3, jury’s still out on the current one) were properly potty trained before our care.
-The youngest we’ve had was probably 10 months to a year, the oldest said to be around 3. Mostly they are one or two years old.
-Our resident dogs have taken a liking to 7, the only one they didn’t like was the 60 pounder.
-I only ever had to say no to one applicant after the home visit, 7 were placed in the first home that wanted them.
-1 had puppies come into rescue with her-but I am pretty sure 4 were mamma dogs at one time in their past.

I doubt we’ll get a 9th dog before our first full year of fostering, 8 will probably be it for year 1. I plan to email the family of our first foster dog on the year date, we don’t hear from her and I would love to know how she’s doing.

What has been going on?

When I last wrote, we’d just placed our 7th foster dog in the home of Miss Butterfly’s father. The very next day we left on a road trip. We drove to PA to visit my parents, both of whom are vaccinated. (I am also vaccinated.) We spent 4 days with them, then turned around and drove one of my parents’ cars back, as they had so kindly given it to Miss Butterfly. Fury dog went with us and really enjoyed the trip. We did too! It was good to be able to travel safely and see my parents as it was going on two years since I saw them last.

Upon our return, our state opened vaccinations for ages 16 and up, so the rest of my family promptly got vaccinated and we are so joyful to report that in a few weeks, after dose 2, we’ll be a fully vaccinated family!

We’ve been waiting on our next foster dog who arrives this evening so there will likely be some photo opportunities and a blog post about that. Foster dog time is always a busy time, and this little gal is younger than we usually choose so I know we’ll be extra busy. But I look forward to the chaos a foster brings. I am hoping we will find her a perfect home as soon as possible!

I have not been knitting at all really, but I have done a fair amount of spinning. A project I’ve worked on for months now is some singles on my support spindles from fiber Miss Marja created for me. I finally finished the singles and got the yarn plied. I did a 2 ply laceweight yarn and I ended up with over 1500 yards of yarn!

The skein is massive and the color absolutely gorgeous. It’ll just go into stash until I begin to knit again.

In my other spare time, I’ve been trying to gather the items we will need for a white water rafting wilderness trip this summer. Since camping far away from our car and civilization isn’t something we do very often, there are a few items we need to pick up to bring along. The trip is months off still, but there’s nothing that would stress me more than trying to find those items in the correct sizes at the very last minute.

So, that’s a bit of an update from us, how are you doing? How is the vaccine roll out in your state? It’ll be a beautiful day when we finally are able to get this pandemic set behind us.