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Bitter Sweet

Posted: April 14, 2013 in Fostering
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Friday I took Forrest to his forever home!! This is my first foster dog that is going to his forever home so I wanted to make sure everything went perfectly. It snowed like crazy here and I couldn’t get him out much to exercise so I was a little concerned with how excited he was going to be. I packed Forrest and Opie in the car and started the drive to his new home. I talk about energy. It’s something I believe in that can’t be explained but felt by those who take the time to be in tune with it (dogs for example are). It was almost as if Forrest and Opie knew they were going to be saying goodbye. There was a moment where they rode along almost hugging each other.

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When we arrived I let Forrest out he went pee and we went in. His Mom and Dad are more awesome than I imagined. They had bought him a brand new crate as well as a bunch of toys, leash, and collar. I gave them the going away package BIN put together for Forrest. I stayed a bit and chatted about him with them. I told them anything I could think of that was important for them to know about him. What amazed me was Forrest’s behaviour. From the second we got there it was as if he knew he wasn’t going to be “mine” any longer. He sort of detached himself from me paying much more attention to his Mom and Dad (part of me was over joyed but I can’t say there also wasn’t a part of me that was sad too). They had bought him a duck toy that he loves. He calmly played with it in the kitchen eventually laying down to chew on it. This gave me a chance to explain his feeding rituals and what not while his Mom filled out his paper work. I observed him for any signs of discomfort. He was 100% content not anxious or stressed, part of me thinks he knew that he was finally home. After seeing how comfortable he was it was a little easier for me to leave him. I thanked them for loving him so much already as he really deserves a home, somewhere to belong. He was calmly laying in the living room with his Dad playing with his duck. Instead of making a big show of goodbye and upsetting him (at this point I wasn’t sure if he was going to try to follow me out) I quietly patted him on the head and walked down the stairs. It took everything in me not to scoop him up and give him a big hug and call out “Forrest Mc Morris” one more time but I didn’t want to make things hard for him.

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I thanked his Mom again and left. Walking to my car was bitter-sweet. I knew that he was happy and in a good place where they would love him. I would be able to foster another dog and give a deserving bully a home. Still the selfish part of me was sad that he was no longer “mine”. In the end when his trial run is up assuming everything goes well (I know it will) I can foster another dog and give them a home. Which is what I set out to do in the first place. It’s one of those happy but sad moments I know I will continue to encounter through out my journey. Keep your fingers crossed for Dee Jay (Forrest’s new name)  he deserves this!

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So I know again postless for a few days. We were quite busy this past weekend. We spent a ton of time with our pups and helped out at the Bullies In Need nail trim at the Pet Valu in Rockland. It was a huge success so let me say thank you to anyone who came out to see us. Forrest was a perfect gentlemen at the event and had a visit with a FUR EVER HOME!! It went really well. I was amazed at how well he behaved, he was perfect. He was affectionate and calm in the store, walked well on a leash for them and even crawled into the girls arms (I’m not sure who taught him that but I’m pretty sure that was the deal sealer). I couldn’t be happier for him. I can’t lie I really have gotten attached to the little guy in a short period of time but I’m so thrilled for him. Forrest is  a loving and affectionate puppy who deserves to be a  part of someone’s home permanently. He has made amazing progress in just a few short weeks. He came in nervous and scared and is leaving happy and confident. He has worked really hard to get where he is.  He has learned his basic commands, walks well, and even started to rollerblade with me and my other guys in the morning. I can’t say enough how proud I am of him. He will be going for his trial run with them shortly. Everyone keep their fingers crossed as this puppy deserves a family!!

If you’ve read anything else I’ve written I foster dogs for  Bullies In Need we are a pit bull rescue in Ontario. I wanted to share with everyone what an amazing experience fostering has been so far.  We got Opie at just  puppy maybe 3 or 4 months old. He is a typical story here in Ontario. Despite a BSL in place there are still a ton of pit bulls out there many unfixed and still having puppies (this is where a responsible owner law comes into play instead of just a blanket BSL). We have some dogs currently sitting on death row waiting for someone to save them (puppies too). It’s sad to think puppies like Opie are put down everyday here because of BSL. Puppies that are completely innocent never given a chance just because they look like a breed that doesn’t actually exist. Pit bulls are really a mix of many breeds. We have a few puppies right now waiting to be sprung from the shelter. They need out ASAP.  If you’re on the fence about fostering TAKE A CHANCE and do it. It will change your life for the better. I promise.

We had all the typical concerns. “What if I get too attached” or “I would never be able to give him up”. We considered our options.   We could go adopt another dog or we could foster and have the potential to help many dogs. Sure it will be sad when they leave us. We may cry. But you wont know if you don’t give it a shot and take a chance.  We liked it so much we went back for seconds and currently have Forrest a little guy out of Toronto who spent 2 months in the shelter. He was a bit timid the first few days but has really started to come out of his shell (which is certainly one way of putting it). It truly has been a life changing experience getting to foster. I’d recommend it to anyone who asks. I know when one of my guys gets a “forever home” I’ll be sad. It’s going to hurt I know it will. At that point I’ll do my best to remember why I decided to foster. Help as many dogs as I can.  Each of them has taken a small piece of my heart but I know that there are many more dogs out their just waiting for a spot on my couch to open up. Some in terrible conditions.  I ask you to open your heart open your home I promise you’ll see what I see. Here are some pics from our outdoor activates lately. We have been having a blast in the fields behind our house.

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So I just wanted to take a quick second to update everyone and say a few things. I just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to read and share!! Second we had an a great time at BIN’s Spring Fling yesterday (Opie was pooped right out). It was a huge success and we wanted to thank everyone for coming out and helping us spread the word. Third I thought I’d welcome Forrest to the pack. He is our newest foster. It seems the poor thing has spent quite a bit of time at the shelter (right now were just adjusting to the world around us although I can tell being neglected has made him a nervous little guy). I’m not blaming the shelter I know they did the best they could there are just too many dogs and not enough people to properly care for them all each day. Well you’ve got a stable home here little guy.

Here are a few pics of his first day and a half.

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So  I’ve talked before about Bullies In Need a rescue we foster for. They are a pitbull and bully breed dog rescue here in Ottawa. Dogs are rescued from shelters, fostered, and then rehomed outside of the province due to the BSL here. Some of the dogs are ok to adopted in Ontario some are not (check out our website for a listing of adoptable dogs.) Fostering has been an amazing experience so far. I’m thankful for everyday I get to spend with Opie. He is an amazing little guy. He has been such a great introduction into the world of fostering. Like I said I totally believe you get the dog you need. I think for my first experience with fostering I could not have asked for a more positive one. He has been an amazing guide.

I thought that each Friday my post would be about fostering or our foster dogs we have here in BIN. I recently had the chance to baby sit another one of our young guys Mojo he was awesome and fit right in with my pack. As I write this I’m in the process of getting everything ready to take in Forest a little guy from Toronto who is need of a place to crash and to brush up on some manners. Who knows he may end up staying if Opie finds a forever home. Which I hope he does because he really deserves one.

Opie has been amazingly easy to raise. I really credit it to his willingness to learn combined with  his eager nature to please.We have always been consistent with him, from day one he was shown what was expected of him and those expectations have never changed. He is a very smart pup and very food motivated so training with him has been a breeze. Stella helped us out a bunch with showing him the boundaries of our yard and even potty training. He knows all his basic commands sit, stay, down, give both paws, stand, and roll over. He even does a small agility course. It’s pretty impressive for a little guy.

It helps dogs especially puppies to get on some sort of a schedule. We usually get up at about 730 8 ish. I open his cage door and he waits patiently to come out.

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We also wait patiently at the door to go outside. Just because the door is open does not mean we go outside.

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He also knows that to come inside he needs to sit and wait patiently. Next we usually eat breakfast or go for a walk/rollerblade. He walks well on a leash rarely pulling. He loves to run beside you while you jog or rollerblade. If we run first thing then we eat when we come home. He  knows the feeding time ritual of waiting calmly for his food. Opie has been a great eater from day one ( he is a little chunky despite a good amount of exercise). He has zero food aggression towards humans or other dogs, I’ve even caught him and Stella sharing food from the same bowl.

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He is an amazingly well-behaved guy who deserves a great home. If your outside of Ontario and are interested please email bullies_in_need@hotmail.com and fill out an app. You can check out our webpage here.

Oh did I mention He was a snuggler.

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Can you Scoot Over?

Really in my house couch overcrowding is the major issue (Stella and Opie both sleep in their crates). Fortunately on an overcrowded couch the worst that can happen is Opie may spill out onto the floor. Sadly the same cannot be said in shelters all across North America. Right now there are many dogs out there where this is their last night. No crowded couch. The shelter is full and now the workers and volunteers must choose dogs to put down.  Not an easy task or a job I envy. To be honest I couldn’t do it. Sadly an alarming number of these wonderful guys and gals are pit bulls or pit mixes. They are the most over bred and under adopted dog in the United States. Some estimates show that as many as 93% of all pit bull and pit mixes are put to sleep in shelters. Sadly one study shows that only 1 in 600 pit bulls will find their forever home.

I’m going to get right to the point. We need to put restrictions on the breeding of these dogs before things get even worse. Owners should by law have to spay and neuter their dog. With the alarming rate that these dogs are being put down there can’t be any possible reason to breed them. These dogs are first to get put down (sometimes immediately) and last to get adopted.  Pit bulls make up roughly 33% of all shelter intakes with it rising in large cities. So I ask then what possible reason could there be for not spaying and neutering your dog. There is nothing good that comes from continued breeding. Simple math shows that there are just not enough adopters out there. I mean really the same can be said for most dogs who find themselves at the shelter.

So if there are so many pit bulls out their without homes, why you might ask do people continue to breed pit bulls. Sadly some are bred to fight. The reality is they are one of the most popular fight dogs. Thankfully many states are adding dog fighting to their RICO statutes making the jail time much stiffer. No more small fines and a little slap on the wrist. I wish more states would change their animal cruelty laws period. But I digress. Why else might they be bred? $$$$. That green-eyed monster that lives inside of all of us. Thankfully people like you and I don’t act on it. Instead we invest our time into rescuing, fostering, and helping adopt out these dogs. It’s upsetting to think that people are still purposely breeding them with so many of their kind at the shelter waiting for homes, many are puppies. The sad truth about these breeders is if the pups don’t sell fast enough many will just drop them at a shelter as it is much harder to sell a juvenile dog than a small  puppy. I always wonder to myself how these people can just throw the puppies away as if they’re disposable and go on living with themselves.

Bottom line there is no reason not to spay or neuter your pit bull. This simple act alone will help decrease the amount of pit bulls in shelters and being put to sleep. If you love this breed like I do then I implore you to get your guy or gal fixed. Check around many local humane societys and SPCA’s will often have a discounted rate for your pitty (guess this is one time where prejudice may be on your side). Either way you will be helping solve the over population of pit bulls in North America by ensuring your dog won’t have puppies.

Have room in your place for one more? If you made it here you know where to look. Google some local rescues and animal shelters. Make an appointment to fill out an application and meet some potential dogs. Explaining your life style to the rescue or shelter worker will help him to match you with a suitable dog. Even if you are dead set on a puppy they are sadly in abundance as well in rescues and shelters. Bullies in Need have a large amount of puppies filling up foster homes right now. Not that we don’t love our little fur balls it’s just sad to think their parents were more than likely breed on purpose and then the puppies dumped when “things just didn’t work out” or “it was more than we could handle”. End note be responsible if you love the breed you’ll do the right thing and spay or neuter your pit bull.