“I am the bridge between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand
I will love you with my whole heart
I will make you whole.”
—from “A Poem to my Foster Dog,” by Diane Morgan
First, the good news—Ringo, the 14-year-old Westie mix, was adopted late last week. His new mom is absolutely over the moon, and so is Ringo. We couldn’t be happier for the both of them, and it is especially rewarding to work with people willing to give a senior dog a new lease on life. Once again, though, we find ourselves with no dogs at the shelter. Our dog census ebbs and flows like the tide, and we adapt. We can focus more attention on Baeo and highlight the importance of foster homes for our dogs.
Foster families are an important asset for groups like ours. They provide opportunities for dogs who would not do well in a shelter environment due to temperament, size, age or infirmity. In foster homes, nervous dogs learn to be calm, oversized dogs have room to roam around, and older dogs have the quiet environment they need to thrive. Foster families provide consistency and allow the dog the time it needs for its true personality to shine. It’s a great way for families who can’t commit to a dog long-term to enjoy a pet for a little while, and then to say a loving goodbye when the dog is adopted. We are always looking for foster homes for those dogs we don’t believe will do well in a shelter environment. Please give us a call or drop by the shelter if you are interested in finding out how to be a foster family.
Baeo is a perfect example of a dog who is thriving in foster care. He is a regal beauty and, although he is a mix, his looks are all Alaskan Malamute. This young (2 years old) mix enjoys each and every day exploring the world with his foster dad. He is well-behaved, respectful in the home, fully house-trained and crate-trained. He loves snuggling and belly rubs, as well as hiking and play time at the dog park. Baeo continues to wait patiently for the right family to come along. That family would ideally have experience with working breeds. Baeo is a big boy and has a lot of energy and is most appropriate for families who like to spend time outdoors, and who do not have young children. Baeo also would prefer to be the only dog in the house. He can be seen by appointment.
FFD is at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to noon, Monday and Thursday afternoons, 4 to 6 PM, and Sundays, 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.