I like to believe that we really got lucky with our first foster pup, Nan. She might have been a little scared and skiddish at first, but in less than two weeks we’ve had the opportunity to watch her blossom into a much more confident and happy go lucky dog!
In less than two weeks Nannie has learned so much. She has become trusting of new people, in fact she’s been greeting strangers with kisses and tail wags when they come in the door, a far cry from 2 weeks ago when she would run and hide in her crate. THANK YOU CLICKER TRAINING! She picked up on it so quickly, like most dogs do, and it helped her to associate new people with good things. In her short time here she has learned to sit nicely and wait outside of the kitchen with her foster brothers while her food is being made, she’s learned to sit for attention, and “sit” on cue as well as “down.” She has also learned to “wait” at the door before exiting the house as well as targeting her nose to my hand when I hold it down and say “touch.” She was also the first dog I have ever had that didn’t know how to play with a toy. It was a joy to watch her learn how to play with my two boys and to see her excitement when she was flailing her head around with a toy in her mouth. So sweet and smart, I know she’s going to make a great new dog for her new family.
Speaking of…. Nannie is going to live with a wonderful family. New mom H and new dad W as well as her new sister Josie will be adding Miss Nannie to their family. I got lucky with this adoption; H & W are both friends of mine from college so I’ll be able to see Nannie whenever I get to see them! How awesome is that?! Her new parents have already picked out a cute name for her too, Callie. I am doing my best to start calling her Callie so that she becomes familiar with it before going to her new home. It’s tough though, I think she’ll always be my sweet little Nannie girl.
Lucky me! I get to spend two more days with her until her new family picks her up on Saturday and she goes to her new forever home. Then the hard part comes, having to say goodbye. Nannie is my first ever foster so I’m not sure how this is truly going to affect me. I know it’s going to be tough, and I’m probably going to cry, especially since I’m already getting a bit teary eyed typing this. I just have to remember this is what I signed up for, to help save her life and to help her find a forever home to live happily ever after in. Although I will still miss her dearly…I’m sure she will always hold a special place in my heart.
So…here’s to Nannie, I mean Callie, on her new forever home! May she get to live the life she was always meant to have with a loving family who will give her the world! Thank you H & W for adopting this sweetheart, I know she will make a great addition to your family!