For the first time, everything is reversed. Foster mom Trish and little Mishu are off to someone else’s house. But it’s not just any house. It’s the home of Mishu’s potential adopters, Kat and Doug, their own adopted Chihuahua, Vicky, and their two cats, Lynx and Roxie. Trish feels tiny butterflies in her stomach as she waits for the door to open. “It’s our turn to bring the show to them,” she laughs, “to see how Vicky responds to Mishu on her own turf.”
Things are Different On Vicky’s Turf
She’s pleased to see that Vicky’s far more confident now, far more engaged. It’s Mishu who’s uncertain. But soon he’s interacting “appropriately” with the other dog, the butt snaps of the previous night forgotten. “At this point,” says Trish, “I’m convinced that Mishu will be a good fit here. He and Vicky will be playing and enjoying each other’s company in no time.”
When Mishu meets Lynx and Roxie, he basically ignores them, with only the occasional growl. The cats return the favor by ignoring HIM. “I’m quite certain they’ll have no problem living together eventually,” Trish says, despite the mutual snubs.
She watches Mishu growing more and more comfortable with Kat and Doug. She watches them falling more and more in love with him. And she knows. This is IT! She can’t say it first, but then … YES! Kat and Doug agree, they very much would like to become Mishu’s Furever Home! The process moves forward into its final stretch.
The CCRT Process
Trish is scarcely back home before the bureaucratic wheels begin turning. Kat and Doug inform CCRT Regional Coordinator Terry of their wish to adopt Mishu. As foster mom, Trish’s recommendation carries a great deal of weight, but ultimately, the adoption must be ratified by the CCRT Committee, and group of five that have been volunteering with the rescue for many years. That ensures a proper perspective, the logistics of the match as well as the emotional match that is more the pervue of adoptive family and foster.
Within a day, the committee approves their application. Mishu is about to go from recently rescued to officially adopted. “It’s always a warm and wonderful feeling,” says Trish, “knowing that one of my fosters is going to a great furever home. But there’s also that sadness, knowing our time together is coming to an end.”
A delighted Kat and Doug decide to take Mishu home with them the following Friday. This will give him the weekend to settle into his new surroundings before they leave for their respective jobs on Monday. “Selfishly,” admits Trish with a smile, “I’m happy about this. It gives me a few extra days to spend with this most amazing dog.”
Has it been only one month since Mishu was surrendered to CCRT by his original owner and placed in Trish’s loving care? Is this newly confident and better behaved Mishu the same little dog who was once so fearful, so anxious and so shy? How well will he transition from life in his familiar foster home to life in his new forever home? We have two more episodes to find out folks!
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 publishes new episodes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00pm on www.furever.caPawsome Pet Photography Available for Photo Sessions! More here…