For those of you with adult dogs who are experiencing puppy lust, I thought I’d share with you
A Day in the Life of a Foster Puppy
A foster puppy morning
5:00 a.m. Up and at’em. No one sleeps in at the Webster household. The Foster Dad (TFD) immediately scoops Scooter out of his crate and carries him out to the yard to pee. Yep, the secret to house training a puppy, besides taking him outside every time he finishes playing, eating, or sleeping is to carry him so he doesn’t take a pit stop along the way.
7:00 a.m. Scooter and Honey play bitey face and zoomies in the yard while The Foster Mom (TFM) pumps up the tires on her bicycle so she’s ready for work. Honey is spooked by The Mom moving the bike awkwardly up the basement steps but Scooter isn’t the least bit scared and makes sure to remain under TFM’s feet to supervise the operation.
7:15 a.m. TFM puts Scooter’s two foot puppy leash on him and Honey’s six foot leash on her in preparation for a walk. This should be interesting.
7:59 a.m. Scooter is shaking with cold so TFM carries him while walking Honey on the leash. Honey doesn’t understand why we’re not going over to to say hello to the crossing guard with the dog biscuits in his pocket and refuses to move until The Mom bribes her with a handful of kibble.
8:05 a.m. Breakfast time. Honey gets her food in a Tug-a-Jug and goes off to the foyer. TFM sits in the x-pen with Scooter and feeds him by hand in his crate so he associates it with happy things. Scooter is distracted by all the noise Honey makes to free the food from her toy.
8:20 a.m. Time to practice leaving for work. TFM tosses some treats in the x-pen for Scooter and on the floor for Honey and walks out the front door. She counts to five and walks back in to let Scooter out of his pen. She heard no whining.
8:27 a.m. Once again, TFM tosses treats in the x-pen for Scooter and a few for Honey on the kitchen floor and walks out the front door. She counts to ten and walks back in to let Scooter out of the pen. No whining.
8:35 a.m. TFM tosses treats… well, you know the drill by now. Count to twenty and return to the house. No whining.
8:45 a.m. TFM puts Scooter in the x-pen and gives him a marrow bone with half a tablespoon of soft dog food in it. Honey gets her holey ball with two pieces of dried sweet potato. Neither seem to notice me when I walk out the door to ride my bike to work.
A foster puppy afternoon
12:30 p.m. TFM and TFD walk in for lunch to find Scooter laying peacefully beside his crate and Honey upstairs on the couch. Everyone goes out in the yard for a break and game of bitey face.
‘//, (Scooter’s commentary)
1:30 p.m. TFD returns to work. Someone’s got to earn the kibble for this family. TFM settles in on the couch with her laptop to do blogging tasks while Scooter and Honey sleep.
1:45 p.m. TFM gives up on blogging—it ain’t gonna happen—and settles in to watch her favorite political intrigue on DVD while Scooter sleeps on her lap and Honey sleeps on the floor.
2:15 p.m. Scooter wakes up from nap and is carried downstairs for a potty break.
3:25 p.m. Scooter stops playing bitey face with Honey and is carried downstairs for a potty break.
4:17 p.m. Scooters wakes up from another nap and is carried downstairs for a potty break.
A foster puppy evening
5:20 p.m. After yet another potty break, TFM hand feeds Scooter in his crate while Honey empties her Kong Wobbler upstairs.
6:30 p.m. Hooray! TFD is home from work and ready to take over puppy watching duties. Maybe now I can get some work done.
6:35 p.m. TFM makes a spinach omelet for supper while Scooter practices sitting quietly in his x-pen. He doesn’t always succeed.
7:15 p.m. TFM once again tries to do some blogging work while sharing a love seat with TFD, Scooter, and Honey. Yeah, real productive.
9:00 p.m. Last potty break of the night—# 275 by my count.
9:10 p.m. Bedtime. Honey goes into her crate for kibble. Scooter goes into his crate for kibble. TFM and TFD don’t need any kibble to coax them to go to bed. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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