It’s showtime! Foster mom Trish and the fabulously photogenic Mishu are ready for their close-ups. They’re about to receive a visit from a pair of potential adopters for what’s known as a meet and greet. As Trish explains, “A meet and greet is a chance for a foster parent to get to know more about the potential adopters, their household and their activities. It’s also a chance to see how they interact with the foster dog. On the flip side, it allows the potential adopters to meet the dog and see if the dog’s a good fit for them and their family.”
With baited breath, Trish awaits the arrival of Kat and Doug, and is both relieved and impressed by what transpires. As the adopters of a puppy mill dog, Kat and Doug already know not to make eye contact with Mishu or approach him in any way. They know it’s up to Mishu to make the first move in this meet and greet.
By the end of the meet and greet, a visibly pleased Trish reports that, “I was so proud of Mishu. I think our ongoing work together is really starting to pay off. He grew more and more curious about Kat and Doug,” she laughs, “and stuffed himself with their yummy treats. They were both comfortable and confident in dealing with Mishu as a fearful dog, and I got a better idea of what they can offer him and how he could fit into their lives.”
The potential adoptive family is also realistic enough to know that little Mishu is still a work in progress. Thanks to trainer Lisa Marshall’s guidance and her own commitment to securing him the best possible future, Mishu’s been given a solid foundation to build on.
“In the short time I’ve had him,” says Trish, “he’s made so much progress. He no longer feels the need to follow me everywhere. He’s got the run of the place with Buster and Harley while I am gone. He does well with dogs his own size –especially other chihuahuas — and he’s more open to meeting new people.”
The Meet and Greet Results
As for the meet and greet, she concludes, “I think it went well. With Kat and Doug, I got that ‘yes’ feeling in my gut. And they indicated that they wanted to proceed to the next steps too. That being said, there are still several more steps in the process before we can even consider Mishu and this family as a match.”
The next steps after this first meet and greet involve having Mishu meet Kat and Doug’s own pets, which include Vicky the Chihuahua, and two resident cats. Plus CCRT will do a vet check and a home check, which means visiting the couple in their own home. Happily, Kat and Doug understand the need for thoroughness, given that its so hard on dogs to be abandoned!
As happy as Trish is with the meet and greet, how will Kat and Doug’s little Chihuahua Vicky feel about it? Will Mishu be ok with kitties? And if so, will this family be the one, or will CCRT receive other applications to adopt Mishu?
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.caBook Pawsome Pet Photography Your Photo Session!