Now What?

So I’m sure many of you are wondering what my next fostering move is. To be honest, I don’t even know. The night I dropped Baxter off I was ready to run to the shelter and pick out another one, but after four months of being responsible for putting a dog before myself, I knew I needed to sit back and evaluate.

I am completely torn on the subject. Half of me wants to keep this momentum that I’ve built from Baxter – with the blog, the dog schedule we’ve adapted at home, the foster parent mindset I’ve got now. So many things change when you have a dog (preaching to the choir, I know). I miss so much of it, too. I really do think I was put on this planet to do this type of work. Things don’t come this easy for no reason.

Which is why, on the other hand, I know I need to take a short break. I am literally going to be doing this for the rest of my life, and right now I’m only 22 years old. I compromise (or sacrifice, depending on who you ask) a lot to have a dog at this age. My friends are all out being young and carefree and living up their 20’s in the nation’s capital. Me? I’m home by 11 to take care of Baxter. Don’t get me wrong, it was totally 100% completely absolutely worth it and I wouldn’t take back a second, but I have to look at the situation from all angles.

Now this does not mean that I’m out for a good, or even out for longer than just a little bit. I’m not putting a time limit on it because I know that my next foster will come to me the same way Baxter did. Soon enough a dog in need will come along that will be right for my situation. Until then, I’ll enjoy my freedom. This is why fostering is so great: I get the best of both worlds. I just have to make sure I’m giving both worlds – or, more importantly, the people in both worlds – equal time and energy.

World 1

World 2

So, what can you expect from this blog? I’m definitely going to have to get creative, that’s for sure. Of course I have a ton of stuff to talk about, but I don’t like being preachy so I promise to steer clear of ranting posts. I think I have some insight to share as a shelter worker, and I’ll introduce you guys to other dogs & happenings at Jasmine’s House. I’ll talk about fun pittie merchandise I find and maybe I’ll write about a book or two. Since I’m by no means an “expert” on many things dog, I’ll only talk about what I’ve experienced first hand. I have some knowledge from the mix of my Animal Sciences degree, working at a shelter, spending a lot of times around dogs, and having extra interest in animal behavior – but that’s about it.

At the very least, I will try my hardest to have a post here on your computer screen at 6:30am every morning like I have the last four months. I love this blog, and I love my followers, so I hope you’ll bear with me in this time of transition. I salute those who can entertain you with foster after foster, but I’m just not there yet.

If you have anything you’d like me to write about – please let me know! And as always… thanks for being here : -)