Goodbye

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road After two lice treatment dips, oneContinue reading “Goodbye”

Following up with Morgan

I continued to feel super guilty about having taken Morgan back to the shelter.  I had wanted to offer her a safe haven, a place of peace in which to heal.  She was my very first canine foster and having it turn out so poorly made me question if I could ever successfully foster aContinue reading “Following up with Morgan”

Things go wrong…

The next morning, I walked Livie and Morgan and then set about preparing the children’s snacks and lunches for the day.  I could tell the dynamic with Morgan had changed.  Instead of wandering around the house on her own exploring everything like the day before, she was now right at my flank, matching my everyContinue reading “Things go wrong…”

Morgan makes herself at home…

For the first night, I tried to secure Morgan in the dining room to separate her and Livie when I wasn’t watching them.  Tried.  I closed off the two doorway openings with two and a half feet tall baby gates.  Inside the room I had a large crate set up and cozy bedding inside theContinue reading “Morgan makes herself at home…”

A Dog!

While we were waiting to regain some trust from Shadow and Midnight after their traumatic lice treatment dip, another foster request email arrived.  A dog, Morgan, needed foster while recovering from a surgery that she had to remove a mass from her hind leg.  She was a beautiful brown boxer mix senior, about 70 poundsContinue reading “A Dog!”

Feline Lice

After Shadow and Midnight had been with us six days, and had slowly began to trust us, the day for their lice dip arrived. Cat lice, feline pediculosis, are specific to cats, meaning they could not be transferred to humans or dogs.  This fact was important to me in deciding to bring these kitties home. Continue reading “Feline Lice”

The kittens warm up to us…a little!

Each day, the kids and I (and sometimes Ryan, my husband) sat with Shadow and Midnight.  Shadow started playing with us after just a couple days of adjusting.  He would chase the “toy on a stick” and balls across the floor, sliding to a stop as the toy changed direction.  Midnight would hang back, cautious,Continue reading “The kittens warm up to us…a little!”

The early days…

Prior to fostering, I had never had an indoor cat.  Growing up with farm animals, I had been around a fair number of cats, but barn cats.  Barn cats are a different animal all together than the house cat in terms of care.  Sure, we left some water and dry food out for them, butContinue reading “The early days…”

The first fosters!

And suddenly, you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. Meister Eckhart Only a couple days after the home visit, I received my first foster request email.  I think I would have taken any animal in any circumstance; that’s how excited I was!  So when I read about twoContinue reading “The first fosters!”

The prerequisites

May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. Maryanne Radmacher Hershey Before a potential foster for the Humane Society of Huron Valley can be eligible to actually bring a shelter animal home, there are a few hurdles to clear.  First, the foster orientation, where I wasContinue reading “The prerequisites”