Maggie had no hesitation at all, she just walked across the couch and snuggled right in. You see the rescue team had arranged a meet and greet with a lovely lady named Lynne. She was possibly interested in adopting our senior Maltese rescue dog. I had spoken to her at some length prior to her arrival, to answer a whole bunch of questions about Maggie’s health, habits and hang ups. She was hesitant to complete the adoption process until she had met the dog. And based on our conversation, Lynne had decided to take a chance on her.
They say that the dogs do the picking, and it seems to have held true in Lynne’s case too. She and I were chatting for over an hour, during which Maggie slumbered (it was after all afternoon nap time) and Lynne was kind enough to provide an interview for the upcoming Furever Home TV episode featuring senior dog adoption.
I fell in love with her photos first, it just spoke to my heart on some level. - Lynne
Then, just to make this foster mom feel validated that it could indeed be a good match, Lynne and Maggie and I suited up for a brief walk. Its telling when I dog goes for a walk with a new person, especially when the foster mom is on the scene. If the dog is reluctant to follow the new person, struggles and strains to stay close to foster mom, well, that is really something to consider in assessing the placement. But not this time! Maggie was content to to do her sweet little toddle sway walk along with Lynne, and all was fine in the world.
Senior Dog Adoption a Particularly Happy Tail
It takes a team to place a dog, and there were a couple of logistical steps to follow now that the two had met, specifically references checked and home visit to be undertaken. The team completed these despite the fact that it was a long weekend! Seems the board approved everything, because the next note we received from the team was a request to pick up and deliver Maggie to Lynne.
Typically the foster mom would be an integral participant in sharing the joyous news with the new adoptee, and also sharing the wonderful celebration that includes physically placing the foster dog into new loving hands. It helps the new mum too, being able to ask any last minute questions. Regretfully, the rescue group did not allow foster mum and foster dogs to be part of the happy occasion. We can only imagine the joy and gratitude of Lynne and Maggie as they start their new lives together! Congratulations to all!
Many thanks to Tracy Drynan of Stride Fourth Chiropractic who was a superstar in treating Maggie in multiple visits during her time in foster care. Her healing touch is allowing Maggie the freedom of movement and wonderful healthy eating she enjoys today.
Hats off to Lynne for inspiring others to consider the wonderful companionship of a senior dog adoption!
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