In which I make some rookie dog walker mistakes

My first day as an official, independent dog walker at the shelter was a cold one.  I was wearing my volunteer t-shirt though, really, there was no point to that; it was hidden under a sweatshirt, a down jacket, and a windbreaker.  Each exhalation condensed into a little puff of fog.  Inhaling the frigid airContinue reading “In which I make some rookie dog walker mistakes”

Dog walking

While waiting for my dog walking class date to arrive, I received an email that there had been a cancellation in an earlier class.  Would I like to fill that spot?  Uhhhh….YES!! I arrived at the three hour training 15 minutes early.  For those who know me (and those who are getting to know meContinue reading “Dog walking”

Love hurts

Beans was indeed growing while eating on his own.  Beans and Daisy’s intake date remained December 27th. Our foster kittens were almost ready to leave our home. Meanwhile, the Christmas holiday approached.  My five year old daughter, Nora, suddenly considered that Santa should bring gifts for Beans and Daisy!  We always hang a stocking forContinue reading “Love hurts”

A very dog-like cat!

While my time, thoughts, and heart (and now lots of food!) were being gobbled up by Beans, the rest of the family was falling in love with Daisy.  Daisy was a unique cat.  To describe it succinctly, she was very much like a dog!  And while we totally love our feline fosters, we are, atContinue reading “A very dog-like cat!”

So, syringe feeding is more difficult than I imagined…

I started separating Beans and Daisy for meals four times each day.  They started becoming a lot more time consuming.  And a lot more mental energy consuming!  Daisy would polish off her meals with gusto.  Beans would lick his but not consume that much.  Agh!  I would put a little on his mouth and heContinue reading “So, syringe feeding is more difficult than I imagined…”

Something is wrong with Beans

After an enjoyable couple weeks with the foster kittens Daisy and Beans, I took them to the shelter vet for their 6 week vaccinations (they were now nearly 7 weeks old).  While there, the vet noticed that while Daisy had gained about half a pound in her time with us, Beans had not gained anyContinue reading “Something is wrong with Beans”

The break between fosters

After Shadow and Midnight were lice-free and back at the shelter, we had an empty house (okay, well, not exactly.  We still had six people, a dog, and a bearded dragon!  But no foster animals!).  After about 24 hours, the kids started asking about when we could foster next.  I was eager to jump backContinue reading “The break between fosters”

The most difficult part about fostering animals

For me, the most difficult part about fostering is the uncertainty.  I am such a Type A, planner personality, so all the unknown variables involved in fostering can be preoccupying.  Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s theContinue reading “The most difficult part about fostering animals”

5 things I didn’t know about fostering

 Every animal is different and requires something different of me.  I thought that once I had my “cat setup” and “dog setup” figured out, and I ironed out the kinks in our arrangements, I could just use the same format for each foster.  I thought I would never devote as much time and mental energyContinue reading “5 things I didn’t know about fostering”

Shadow and Midnight are adopted!

The kids and I went back to the shelter to visit with our first feline fosters, Shadow and Midnight, several times during their stay there.  They were stationed in the kitten room in a cage together.  They looked a little bewildered, but would stick out a paw to play.  There were many kittens in theContinue reading “Shadow and Midnight are adopted!”