Charley: I dunno. Mom says her name is Lucy.
Sadie: Is she our new sister?
Charley: Nah, mom only adopts older animals. She’s young.
Sadie: The piggies weren’t old.
Charley: Nope, but mom was just fostering them.
Sadie: What’s fostering?
Charley: That’s when you just look after someone for a while, until they get a forever home or until they are healthy enough to go back to the shelter or rescue group.
Sadie: So maybe that’s who that is? A foster dog?
Charley: Yeah, I guess so. I hear she’s gonna have babies any day now. Sigh......puppies are such a nuisance!!!!
Sadie: Puppies? I like puppies!! I’ll help look after them!
Charley. Yuck. You can have ‘em. That’s if the momma lets you near them. I think that’s why our mama has brought in the x-pen, so Lucy and the puppies can haz their own “room”.
Sadie: Fostering, eh? Hmmmm…..Are you sure it’s just fer a while? Not forever?
Charley: Nope, not forever. I think maybe mama’s looking after her for the SPCA. When the pups are big enough, they’ll all go back there to be adopted, I betcha. That’s what fostering is.
Sadie. Hey, wait a minute! I’m sure I read in the blog that mama was fostering me when I first came here. Yup HERE it is. And then she adopted me! And now I’m here FOREVER!
Charley: Really? Ohhh nooooooo we’re gonna have a bunch of puppies that won’t NEVER go away again? I hates puppies!!!!!!! Allie, Alllie help………we gotta DO something or this place will be overrun with DOGS, baby dogs!! All chasing you!!! Alllliieeeeee………
Hey, I ain't stoopid - I ain't goin' near her!
My Life with the Critters is happy to introduce Lucy. As Charley correctly noted, I am fostering her for the SPCA and she is expecting pups some time in the next week or two. I was asked to foster her as she is considered an at-risk pregnancy; the father was likely a much larger dog, possibly a Newfie. We don't want her going into labour alone in the shelter at night.
She has a long torso and big head on tiny little short legs - what Yvette from Turtle Gardens Rescue calls a "station wagon dog" - long and low to the ground. She looks like she could be a corgi crossed with a Finnish Spitz or Rhodesian Ridgeback and pitti or lab thrown in for good luck. Who knows? She is a Heinz 57 dog, for sure!
Charley is sulking but I notice she has taken possession of the very large plastic dog bed that is to serve as a whelping box. Sadie could care less, and Allie is cautiously optimistic. Stay tuned.....