Bryan and I started fostering a little over a year ago when we took in our first pit mix named Sandy. A hurricane Sandy victim, she was found wandering the streets of Jersey City with numerous lacerations across her torso. She was a total lovebug with everyone she met, and after nearly two months in our foster care, she was fortunate enough to meet the sweetest family ever.
I remember vividly how excited the kids were the day they went to meet us at the shelter to sign paperwork. The parents explained that their little ones had been up since 6 that morning and, on cue, the kids came over to show us every toy (and pink harness/leash!) they had chosen for her.
I still get choked up thinking about it.
In the past year, we have had a number of dogs stay with us for temporary and long-term foster, and the question has always come up: Is this the one? We have loved all of the dogs equally, but we’ve often put our personal feelings aside to continue housing pets because it just felt right.
And then we met this goofball.
Buster was already in foster with a friend we had met at Liberty Humane Society but her work schedule would soon pick up and the last thing she wanted to do was return him to the stressful shelter.
Buster is an older, distinguished gentleman (somewhere between 7 and 8 years old). We don’t know much of his history, except that he may have been kept outside much of his life. He is healthy, happy, and extremely loving. Wherever you are is where he’s comfiest so it’s not unusual for him to sit all of his weight on your lap while you’re talking on the phone or sifting through emails. He is curious, funny, sweet, and gentle with other dogs, people, and kids alike.
This week, Bryan and I made a decision (along with the other couple who has been fostering him) that we wanted to make this permanent, and the four of us have decided to co-adopt him.
What this mean is that we’ll all share custody, help out where needed, and split medical costs when necessary. He’ll now have a home in the country (with us) and a “city home” when he wants to experience the culture and nightlife. But really the best part is that he’ll get spoiled with lots and lots of love wherever he goes.
And isn’t that just the best ending ever?