I planned on writing something else this morning.
But then I got a call. Could I foster a shy beagle?
So instead of writing a fluid, insightful, witty, and humorous (or disjointed, dense, imbecilic, and funny like a toothache, depending on your opinion) post, I’m going to tell you how I get ready to host a foster dog.
And use the extra time a short post buys me to — get ready for my foster dog.
Get Ready for a Foster Dog, Step by Step
1) Put away everything waiting to be put away. I learned this the hard way after my last foster dog chewed through the vacuum cleaner cord, not once, but twice. Shame on me.
2) Hide Honey’s toys. This house is a non resource-guarding zone.
3) Get out the baby gates and x-pen so I can give the new dog a place of peace away from Golden Retriever Land.
4) Clean off the counters. No reason to teach a new dog how to counter surf just because I’m a bad housekeeper.
5) Prepare to fall in love. No matter how much you guard your heart, it always happens.
I’ll be picking Layla up at her current foster home tonight at 9 p.m. Honey and I met her and her current foster person last night on a short walk around the neighborhood.
She seems like a sweet girl. But her biggest fear? Other dogs. So Honey will have to be on her best behavior and allow Layla to approach on her own terms.
I’m looking forward to having another dog in the house and getting to know her. I hope you enjoy getting to know her too.
What did I miss? Is there something you’d do to prepare for a foster dog that didn’t make my list?