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Happy Monday, you guys (also raise your hand if you’re not ready for this week to begin yet). As many of you may have heard (or seen on Instagram), Bryan and I recently went to Eleventh Hour Rescue to meet some pups in need of foster. It was a very cold day as we trudged through the snow, played ball, shook paws, and got to know about some of the candidates.
For anyone looking to adopt, the experience of going to a shelter is incredibly overwhelming. I think that’s something that’s super advantageous of visiting a foster home to meet a pet—we provide a warm and comforting environment which means adopters can bypass going to a shelter to look at stressed out dogs. In a foster home, the animals are much more relaxed, and adopters can get a better sense of a dog’s personality.
We had already met a dog named Bruno at an adoption event a few weeks ago, and both of us had thought about him since (and discussed whether or not we could deal with the humping, lol). He is clearly a volunteer favorite for good reason—he’s smart, sweet, adorable (I mean, look at that mug!), and loves to give affection. He seemed like a good fit for us, so the decision was an easy one.
Since we’ve had him with us, so many people have expressed their excitement at seeing him in a foster home with us (I’ve been sharing a lot of pictures and videos in a private Facebook group). But to answer the burning question we’ve been fielding since we introduced him to our house: no, we do not intend to keep him 🙂 Our goal is to help as many dogs find their forever home as possible, and returning to fostering also helps our broken hearts mend as we still grieve the loss of our Buster.
Some things to note about this boxer / French mastiff: he’s very smart and takes to training well. He pulls a bit on the leash, but we’ve found that’s easily correctible with a harness. He loves to be around people and will follow you everywhere. He’s non-reactive when he sees dogs out on walks, but we’re told (and have read online) that his breed tends to resource guard (i.e., doesn’t play nicely with others, lol)—we haven’t really had him around other dogs, so it’s possible he wouldn’t NEED to be the only pet IF there are no toys for him to get possessive of. Bruno does have a sensitive tummy and uses a slow feeder to eat; he’s on Science Diet dog food right now, but we’ll slowly begin integrating Avoderm (a dog food product made with avocados), which is also great for dogs with digestive issues. Honestly, he is SUCH a sweet boy and he’s filled our lives and home with a lot of love and laughter this past week.
In the meantime, Bruno will get a lot of attention, some basic training, a warm home, kisses, and belly rubs. If you are in the tristate area and are interested in meeting Bruno, please shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a meet-up!
Happy Monday, sweet ones!