When a foster dog visits, things change.
If the foster is a puppy, we reorganize the house—put dirty laundry behind closed doors, block off the stairs, and set up an exercise pen and crate.
But even when the foster dog is a polite, adult dog who just needs a calm place to recover from surgery, Honey has to endure disruptions to her routine.
Here are just a few:
Honey eats outside.
I always feed Honey and visitors separately. The easiest way to manage is to send Honey and her food Kong out onto the porch while I feed the visitor in the kitchen.
So far Honey hasn’t complained. But I expect she’ll eventually revolt about being asked to tip when she’s eating carry-out.
Couch equilibrium is upset.
Because our house is small, our couch is actually a love seat. Which means that watching a movie as a family takes a delicate balance.
When a new foster dog doesn’t know how the pieces fit together, someone always ends up on the floor. Sometimes it’s even a dog.
Walks slow down.
When the foster pup is a sniffer dog, like a beagle or other hound, walks slow way down.
Sorry Honey, no long Adventure Walks for a while. We’ll be going at the new puppy’s pace for a while.
Honey thinks I’m torturing her.
She can’t understand why our guest dog gets big meatballs twice a day when she doesn’t. And I don’t think she cares that they’re filled with pain pills.
What’s with the dog tease?
When our latest foster dog, Blanche, came to stay Honey did her usually frolic and play bow. Twice. But then Honey figured out that Blanche wasn’t interested in wrestling with her, even if she hadn’t been recovering from surgery.
If you could ask Honey what she’s thinking, she’d tell you she can’t understand why we invited a dog to stay who doesn’t want to play with her.
Meet Our New Foster Dog, Blanche
Despite a few small changes in the house, Honey is being her usual excellent hostess to our visitor.
Blanche is an 8-year-old beagle who was found as a stray. She’s recovering from hernia surgery and the shelter staff and volunteers worried she was looking a little depressed so they thought she’d do better in a foster home.
Somebody loved this girl a little too much. Or maybe it’s better to say they loved her the wrong way, because she’s very fat. She weighs around 46 pounds (20-30 is more common for a beagle) and it seems to be stressing her joints and system.
Blanche is a sweet girl who is an easy guest. She’s fully house trained (most fosters will have an accident the first day while they’re getting adjusted, but not her) and very sweet. She loves going for walks and always greets us with a smile and a wag.
In fact, Blanche is so dear that I call her “Sweetie” far more than I call her “Blanche.”
She’s going to be a delightful addition to someone’s home. And if you know someone in the central NY area who is looking for a calm companion, send them my way.
Besides Honey needs to get her couch back someday.