A Trifecta of Former Foster Reunions

Sometimes the stars align just right to bring you a day you’ll never forget. That happened to me this past Saturday.

Somehow amidst the chaos of my working-two-jobs-and-still-trying-to-salvage-what’s-left-of-my-social-life schedule, three events found themselves in my calendar on one single day. Those three events were reunions with three of my former foster dogs.

Yes, three former fosters. Zabora, Baxter and Johnnie Cash. All in the flesh. It was, to put it simply, a perfect day.

I haven’t seen Zabora (now Medivka) in two years. I haven’t seen Baxter since his latest scary surgery. I haven’t seen almost foster failure Johnnie girl since the week she got adopted. Each of these reunions were sweet for their own reason, and I’ll write about them individually in the next few posts. For now, here is a reminder of the sweet faces I got to hang out with:

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I am one happy foster mama :-).

Baxter’s Journey Comes Full Circle

Exactly one year, one month, two weeks and one day ago, Baxter was carried through the doors of the Montgomery County Humane Society.

He came in as a stray – emaciated and ragged, with scars all over his body. He was noted to be friendly but very, very scared. Baxter spent six weeks at MCHS, being looked after by staff & volunteers. His special angel Big Bruno, an MCHS volunteer, helped Baxter learn to walk out of his cage instead of crawl. Baxter was then rescued by Jasmine’s House, where two wonderful women took him into their heart and their home and helped put him back together physically and emotionally. Catalina of Jasmine’s House especially bonded with Baxter, as she has a history of helping the ones who need it most (see: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant).

After three months at Jasmine’s House, Baxter came to me. He was with me, learning about living in a home and being a family pet, for four wonderful months until he found the perfect forever home. Baxter was adopted into a family of three loving individuals: Diane & Lali, his new moms, and Miss Piggy, his new sister. I saw Bax off in that first week of March knowing he had an amazing future, but sad that I had to say goodbye. I knew I would see him again soon though.

I know most of you are familiar with this story, as you were here with me throughout it all (if you don’t know it, see the beginning of the story in this post and the ending in this post). But I needed to write it down again to appreciate the meeting that occurred last weekend between the amazing people I just described who were involved in Baxter’s rescue and rehabilitation: Big Bruno, Cat, Diane, and Lali (and myself, but I hardly fall into the category of the rest of the bunch). It was the first time we had all been together at once – it was the first time D & L had ever met Catalina! It was also the first time Cat, who so loved this dog and did enormous amounts in helping him recover, saw Baxter in his new home, happy with his new family. I managed to capture their reunion, and the photos are, of course, worth a thousand words.

It was an amazing evening.  Baxter has now been with his new family for nearly five months! I know, I can’t believe it either. Listening to their stories of how he has opened up to them over the months, how he becomes a happier dog every day – it was just incredible. This is how I can foster, giving them up time and time again: because you hear how well they shine under the love of their new families. It’s really something.

We all sat back and reveled in the magic that is this little guy’s story. Each of the steps to his new life were there, together, enjoying the victory. For those of us who do this day in and day out, whether through a rescue or the shelter or whatever – we need to see these kinds of endings. The happy endings. They remind us WHY we rescue and why we put so much of our heart and soul into it. The fact that we have watched Baxter’s entire story unfold with such a positive outcome gives us enormous inspiration to go out and help all the other dogs like him.

I am so honored to know these people, as well as grateful to have spent some time with everyone together. Here’s to hoping it won’t be so long until we all meet again!

Make sure you tune in tomorrow to see how Baxter and Otis got along! Yes, you read the right… nothing better than getting an old foster and new foster together for a play date.

Updates From My Former Foster Half-Brothers and Sisters

Fostermama has been passing along updates all week from the parents of the foster dogs she had before me. I realized that since we’ve all at some point had this here same mama, I think that makes us halfsies! Half-brothers and half-sisters that is.

Former foster half-sister Zabora, now known as Medivka, recently became a big sis to a HUMAN baby! While that sounds like my absolute worst nightmare, I wish her the best of luck listening to that screaming all the time enjoying life with her new sibling. I know fostermama misses Z/M a lot, so this update was super exciting.

THEN she got a few wonderful emails from the forever mom of my former foster half-brother Baxter. His mama was gushing about how well he’s doing, including this happy tail:

“Ok, so in the same vein, I have to tell you that Bax is just totally becoming a part of our little unit. He reveals more and more of his personality every day. And it’s not just me saying it. Diane’s noticing it too. It’s been very gradual and I feel like he was just kind of hanging out and observing us for the first five or six weeks, but he has really opened up and is just being so incredibly sweet that it’s like being around a totally different dog than just a month ago! We don’t have him crated anymore, just separated, and he’s doing great. He’s a very sweet and loving little guy :)”

When fostermama got that email she did a big happy dance and stared at these pictures for awhile, especially that first one. Even I will admit that is one handsome devil. Did you know I actually met the Bax when he first came into the shelter over the summer, before I went to my most recent attempt at a forever home? We took some dog test together and both passed – musta been because we totally ignored each other. That was the first time fostermama ever met Baxter too, but on that day she had no idea how much he would affect her life.

She talks a lot about how she misses that dog, then I nudge my nose into her hand and remind her that I’M here and I love her just as much as he did. She smiles and gives me a hug and seems happy again.

To top it all off, my almost sorta kinda former foster half-sister Curious Georgia’s forever parents have a friend that just took in the famous Stevie Wonder as a foster – go check them out and see how she’s doing!

What a great week of happy updates and team work!

While fostermama misses all of her former fosters, I know she is still happy to have me around. I keep her company every night on the couch while we blog. She is going to miss me a lot when I leave, just like she does the rest. That’s not stopping us from searching for my forever family though! If you know someone out there looking for a laid pack pooch who likes snuggling and playing in the yard, have their people call my people. . .

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.