**NOTE: I wrote this post last week... and then forgot to actually hit "post." So I present it in all it's glory... with some additional notes on the bottom.***
Our short term foster, Little Miss Addie Pants, is back at the shelter.
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Though it is all for the best, it breaks our hearts.
I posted a video Monday - short clips of Addie... well, of Addie being ADDIE, without all the sad and the gloom we originally saw when we met. We had one more night with the pup, she snuggled with us for the first time, and then The Mister and I brought her back to the SPCA so she can find her forever home.
We had to come to the conclusion that it is time for Addie to go back to the rescue center. We first took her as a short term foster just over the holiday. Then she hurt her foot and we said we'd keep her at the house with us until her antibiotics were done. Then we had some leads for possible adoptions, and figured we would just keep her with us until we could get her out to her new post as an adopted pet. Unfortunately, suddenly all leads fell through, and that left my husband an I facing some reality.
While we're worried she'll end up going back into her shell at the shelter (she has truly become a different dog), our lives and odd-work hours do not allow for us to attend adoption events with her, and in the past few weeks we've exhausted any ideas for contacts I know who may be looking for a dog like Addie. If we continued to foster her in the way we are right now, her chances for being seen by potential families and adopted are almost nothing. It's unfair to her, and it only gives us more opportunity to get further attached to a lovely dog who we simply cannot care for permanently. We struggle to admit it, but we aren't able to have two dogs long-term in this house - we have neither the space, nor the time, or energy to give Addie the foster she deserves, while being fair to our dog, Mac.
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If she can't be seen, she can't find a family. She deserves a home that loves her in the way that we love Mac, and the only way they're going to be able to find her is if she's in a visible location.
So I made the video from the last post, we took a difficult car trip to the shelter, and now we wait. We wait for someone to pick her. We wait to celebrate her new leash on life. We wait for Mac to stop sniffing around the house for her. We carry on, missing the silly little grumbles she makes when you wake her up from a nap. And we remind ourselves what a great thing we did for this pup, even though she broke our hearts a bit when we parted ways.
One last time - if you know someone who is in the area and looking for a dog, please help us pass Addie's information along.
***Ready for the additional notes? I know you are.
As hard as that decision was to make, I can tell you we made the right choice, because here is a picture of Little Miss Addie Pants with her BRAND NEW PEOPLES.
They found her at an adoption event that the Mister and I wouldn't have been able to bring her to. But the A+ SPCA volunteers at that event called my cell phone while they were out there so I could speak with Addie's new dad and answer some questions for him. He sounded like a very nice fellow and he had some genuine love in his voice for our favorite little hound-dog.
Congratulations Addie, you're finally going to have the well-loved life as the center of attention that you 100% deserve.