Boomer out for a stroll in the alfalfa field. Life is good!
Sunday, I took Boomer to Sioux Falls, SD to meet a potential adopter. The gal had checked out all of the dogs available from Sioux Empire Pit Rescue via the website (www.pitrescue.weebly.com), completed the application and the rescue had followed up with their normal reference and home checks.
She had specifically asked to meet some of the dogs that were a little more difficult to place. She was single, had no children, and no other pets. Her goal was to find a great companion in a dog. Perfect for Boomer.
As a foster parent, when you get that phone call that someone is interested in the dog you're caring for, your emotions run wild. You are excited that this may be their forever family, you're sad because they won't be with you anymore, and you're scared that your dog will not adjust well and feel abandoned by you.
Boomer did very well at his meet and greet. There was a room full of people, some he had never met, some he has spent time with before, and myself. They were equipped with pieces of hot dog to entice him to go up to everyone and introduce himself as well as show off his good manners. We spent about 20 minutes just interacting and answering questions the potential adopter had concerning the Boomer. It is imperative that the questions are answered truthfully and nothing is left undisclosed.
After our turn, we went outside to wait for the rest of the meet and greets and for the decision to be made. As I was waiting outside, the gals father came out to visit with me. In his sweetest voice, he looked at me and said, ''How hard is this going to be on you if she adopts him?". He was truly concerned about my well being. It was a moment when I felt quite appreciated for the work I've done by fostering. Certainly this is a question I have asked myself numerous times before. This time I could honestly look this dear man in the eyes and say, ''It is all part of the process". I liken it to raising children. You love them, guide them, teach them manners, and then let them go out into the world to be with their own family. I'm just kind of the stepping stone.
I was prepared to say goodbye to Boomer, but it wasn't meant to be. I won't lie and say I wasn't disappointed because I was, but there are no hard feelings as she adopted a dog that no one else wanted and that is success in anyones book.
Boomer is a diamond in the rough. He is perfect for someone, just not everyone. I know there is someone out there for him and eventually they will find one another. For now I will continue to work with him and care for him just as his forever family will.
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