Everyone needs a vacation now and then, including dogs at animal shelters. After all, it gets crowded, stinky and stressful having tons of humans and other dogs funneling in and out all day long.
In an effort to help some of these dogs, Caitlyn and I recently decided we wanted to become foster parents for dogs, so we reached out to the Southside Animal Shelter to see if it needed help fostering any dogs until they got back up to full health and were adoptable.
After one false start, the shelter got back with us and introduced us to Precious, a pudgy Carin Terrier who is as cool as a cucumber, even when Bailey isn’t always quite so mellow. Coming in at a rotund 23 pounds, the five-year-old is sweet and a little slow to keep up the pace with Bailey when in the yard or on walks, but she still enjoys getting some fresh air and hopping after her itsy-bitsy squeaky tennis ball.
Of course, Jackson, our cat, isn’t too keen on the addition of another dog, now tipping the feline-to-canine and male-to-female ratios in the household, so the partition between the kitchen and living room has become his new favorite ledge above the fray. We hope Jackson will warm up to Precious soon enough.
The fostering process is interesting: There’s no concrete timetable as to how long we’ll have Precious. She has kidney stones, so we’re nursing her back to health and plan on taking her to the vet for a follow-up x-ray in a few weeks. If everything looks good, she could be up for adoption and I’m certain she’ll go fast given her demeanor and interest in lying around on squishy couch pillows.
The shelter sent us home with some special veterinarian food, a crate and a leash and, beyond that, it’s up to us to get her back up to 100 percent.
Hopefully, Precious likes her “vacation” and will give us a good recommendation at the shelter!