After fostering numerous dogs of all ages, this wonderful senior dog, Shug, ruined my foster record by becoming my first foster failure!
In early 2014, I came to the Washington Humane Society in the hopes of fostering a very sweet and active young dog that I had seen on the website.
When the WHS behavior staff did an introduction between the young pup and my other WHS alumna, Stella, it was clear that Stella wanted nothing to do with him. Not a good foster match. Next, the WHS foster coordinator suggested we try an introduction with Shug. Sadly, Shug was surrendered at 12 years old when her previous owner could no longer care for her.
The introduction went great! The WHS behavior staff said the introduction could not have gone better and it seemed to be a perfect match. I have to be honest, I was skeptical about fostering a senior dog, thinking, “It is going to be really hard to find the right adopter for a 12 year old dog.”
The first day I brought Shug home, it was clear to me that she was going to be the easiest foster ever- house broken, low energy, great on walks, very loving and a great companion for Stella.
Sure enough, after three months of foster care, I became accustom to her by my side on the couch while I watched my evening shows, her laying at my feet in my office while I worked, her faithfully sleeping by my bed every night (I even became fond of her snoring), and the happy “welcome home” dance she did at the door.
Just after her 13th Birthday, we made it official and Shug became a permanent member of my family. She continues to be one of the sweetest, calmest, and lowest-maintenance dogs that I have ever had in my home. She has proven to me why senior dogs make outstanding companions. Thank you WHS for making this perfect match happen!
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