“Now it’s time,” says foster mom Trish, “to prepare for Mishu’s transition on Saturday to his furever home with Kat and Doug. In this case, it’s been especially nice for me because I have a few extra days to get everything ready for him. And to get in as many extra snuggles as I can. Typically,” she explains, “I try to make the night before a foster dog leaves special: special food, special treats, special fun. That usually means a cheese burger instead of regular dog food and lots of time to play outside or at the dog park.
Then, of course, they get the prime snuggling position in the bed, up by my head.” She smiles, remembering the first night Mishu spent with them, curled up on the pillow behind her head. It’s hard to believe it was only a month ago. “When Mishu leaves,” she continues, “he’ll be taking everything supplied by CCRT – his bed, his toys, a handmade sweater. I’ll give him some of the raw food he’s been eating to help him transition to the new diet he’ll be on at Kat and Doug’s.”
Every dog Trish has fostered has grown fond of something around the house, be it a toy, a blanket or a towel, and Mishu is no different. “I’ll give Mishu an item with both his scent and mine on it. That way he’ll have something familiar nearby to help comfort him during those first few days in his new home.” Its a simple thing, but so expressive of the foster love every volunteer feels for their charges.
Her look grows wistful as she says, “Friday will be filled with joy and happiness for me, knowing that little Mishu will be getting the family he so rightfully deserves. But it will be mixed with sadness as well. The boyz, Buster and Harley, and I will really miss him. My satisfaction comes from knowing that another deserving dog is being given a chance at a life full of love and joy. It also opens up a space in my home for another dog in need of saving and some foster love. That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? I believe this famous quote sums it up for me: ‘Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.’”
With one paw in Trish’s home and the other in Kat and Doug’s, does Mishu intuit that these are his last few days in foster care? How are Kat and Doug preparing for the arrival of their newest family member? And how will Mishu’s “step siblings” behave when the newest member of THEIR pack comes to stay?
About the Series Pawsome Diary of a Dog Rescue
Furever Network presents Pawsome Diary of a Dog Rescue, sponsored by Pawsome Pet Photography. The series follows the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of a single dog, Mishu the Chihuahua under the care of Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, in an effort to bring more awareness to the incredible work that foster families and rescue organizations undertake to get just one dog adopted into a loving Furever home. The series will wrap with the final episode on Saturday August 24 at 1:00pm on www.furever.caBook Pawsome Pet Photography For a Photo Session!