To foster or to adopt?

Honey
Derp. Hey, P? Wanna sibling?

So… yep.

Lately, we’ve been contemplating the idea of adding another dog to our lives.

Here’s my quick question for you:

Should we foster or just adopt?

If we fostered, we’d be fosters for Pyrrha’s rescue, Southeast German Shepherd Rescue.

If we adopted, I’d like to find a male, mix-breed puppy from SGSR or another rescue. I am not particular about the breed or breed mix. I’d just want a happy, outgoing, dopey puppy ā€” essentially, a little dude who would balance out some of Pyrrha’s anxious energies.

What do you think? Did you consider fostering before adopting? Is that a bad idea? Share your wisdom! I’m all ears!

(*All of this still kinda pending landlord approval, too, so… I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much!)

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5 thoughts on “To foster or to adopt?

  1. There was no question that all of my dogs were adoptions, each being something of a special needs case (Mr B a deaf senior, Bug a starved puppy from a cruelty case, etc). I’ve considered fostering though, and give people who foster a lot of credit. I’m still at the point where I worry about letting go, especially with 5 kids who even despite their ages become very attached to each of our dogs! It’s definitely a personal decision….depending on your feelings, living situation, current dog(s), etc.

    I’m looking forward to reading about whatever you decide šŸ™‚

  2. We rescued both of our dogs from our APL. We got Nikita in 2010, and in 2012 we wanted to rescue another dog. So, we took Nikita to the APL with us so she could meet & greet a few of the dogs they had. Although all of the dogs were simply beautiful, none of them met Nikita’s expectations. Either Nikita was scared of them, or they growled at her, so we decided that we would not go that route with a bigger dog. We ended up rescuing Bella, a mixed breed, as a little puppy from the APL so Nikita and Bella could grow up together. At first, Nikita foamed at the mouth all over the place, and we found out from our vet that it was just anxiety. The vet said that it would take a few days for them to get used to each other. After a few days, her foaming did go away, but we also kept them apart for a little bit and slowly added more time together each day. This helped a great deal when introducing another dog to the house. Little increments worked. Now, they are the best of friends and even snuggle together! Good luck in your decision! Pryyha will love a little companion, but it just takes time, and lots of patience!

  3. I’ve learned a lot from fostering. Although Honey loves other dogs, not every foster has been a good match.

    Fostering would teach you new things about Pyrrha. And you might find such a wonderful foster that you decide to adopt him. That would be a wonderful failure to have.

  4. Millie’s puppy kindergarten teacher who only had German Shepards recommended getting a different sex from the one you have and making sure dog number one is firmly established with the humans before the second one comes in. Fostering seems like the best of both. If it works, you can always make it permanent. If not you’ll still be helping a dog transition to a better life. If it makes Pyrrha miserable, you have an easier exit.

    PS One of my regrets was that I didn’t get a second dog early on. It’s been too late for some time now.

  5. I’m sure all of us previous or current fosters will be screaming FOSTER FOSTER FOSTER! šŸ˜‰ However, it’s really up to you. There’s also always the option of trying out two dogs through fostering before deciding you are ready for two dogs. It doesn’t necessarily mean keeping the first dog your foster but just testing the waters.

    Whatever you choose, I’m excited to read more šŸ™‚

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