Many times when we rescue shelter dogs, we prepare ourselves for what we call ‘detox time.’ It’s time spent by the dog in the new foster home trying to adjust from the shelter environment. The dog can have pent-up energy, behaviors resulting from kennel craziness, digestive issues, and separation anxiety, just to name a few.
One of the greatest things a foster parent can do is to allow their foster dog time to settle in. Some settle in rather quickly, while others can take months to adjust. When a foster dog remembers how to ‘be a dog’ and starts enjoying the simple things in life, it makes it all worth it. Going for walks, running around in the backyard, playing fetch, and snoring at the foot of their human all symbolize progress. All symbolize love.
It’s not just a ball. It’s so much more.
(Nelly, adopted 2011)
“What right do we have to do nothing about it?” – STH