Although the concept of a foster home is inherently temporary, I am sad to report that Tofu will be moving into a new foster home as of tomorrow. This was not a quick or unplanned decision. In fact, I was not planning to foster at all this semester because I knew what would be happening in April and May. I am finishing my last semester in graduate school, preparing for the Annual Student Exhibition, and planning to move back home with my parents. I will graduate in May with my Masters in Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. And soon after that, I am moving back to Scranton, PA to save money and live with my parents. Sadly, these situations are just not fair to a foster dog. But most importantly, I cannot bring her when I move back home. So as I said, I was not planning this to foster at all this semester. Sure… I could have probably squeezed in a foster puppy less than 4 months old, or a super gorgeous, highly adoptable blue nose pittie who loves cats and other dogs. But that’s not my typical foster dog, we have plenty of foster homes for them. I was just going to take a break.
But when the LCPO president asks me to help out, it’s hard to decline. I do have a heart after all! We had been cross posting for Tofu for a few weeks, with no interest. (Her name was Mama back then) Her
scumbag breeder “owner” was leaving the halfway home and about to hand her off the first offer he got. Actually, the one offer declined once he found out she was spayed (thanks to Almost Home rescue). No more Mama for this girl. But another person was still happy to pick her up, we can assume for less than honorable reasons since dog fighting is common in that area. So things were becoming dire and we just could not see her end up in bad hands. So I was asked to take her in. I said yes, but with the understanding that as finals approached, she would need somewhere else to go. This is something that easier to say than follow up on. And if I could keep her, I would.
As a foster mom, I feel responsible for my foster dogs until they find their perfect forever home. As the saying goes, “Fostering is not a lifelong commitment, it’s a commitment to saving a life.” I hope that this is the last time I will take a foster in, and have to say goodbye before they have found their forever home. It truly breaks my heart to uproot Tofu. She has made amazing progress with me in terms of being a wonderful companion, preparing for that perfect home, and learning how to trust Leroy. I will be worried about her being moved, confused, and starting this process over again. And they all must do this again when they are moved to their forever family.
The one benefit of her new foster home is that there is a well balanced female dog (along with a handful of other great pooches!). Because of Tofu’s past as a breeder dog with little, if any other socialization, we think that she may feel a little more comfortable with female dogs. However, it will likely still take her time to adjust and feel at ease with them. But her new foster mom knows how to take things slow, so Tofu will be given a nice opportunity so socialization with a variety of other dogs. I am hoping that this benefits her in the long run, and allows our rescue to know what type of home will be best suited for her in the future.
But for my girl Tofu, just because you are leaving me, I will not feel any less responsible for you. I will think about you, and bother your new foster mom with questions. I will worry and hope. I will cross post and blog about you. When someone says they are looking for a dog, I will suggest you. I will miss your cuddles, kisses, and happy butt wiggles. I will meet your forever family and see you on your way before you are adopted. You will always have a piece of my heart. And I will love and care about you always. I am sorry that I was your temporary fix, but I am thrilled that I was able to help in saving your life. You will never live in a yard again; never know loneliness, cold, or hunger. You are safe and we will take care of you… until that special family finds you and wants to call you their own. ❤
If you have any questions about Tofu, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com
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