Let me start by apologizing that it’s been so long since I’ve posted. We had a string of “difficult” foster dogs (for various reasons) and then took a little break. Bill has earned his nickname “Ole’ Grumpy Bill” by either completely ignoring or snapping at all the recent male foster dogs we’ve had, so we’ve asked the rescue to only send us females. It’s a bit of a concession, and I love them all, but it’s Bill’s house, and we need to be fair to him.
Well, with the latest foster dog, Sophia, I can tell you the wait for a female was worth it! Sophia spent the last seven years of her life sitting in a chicken wire cage, making puppies for pet stores. The poor girl looks like a pregnant little cow with udders that hang so low, and we just discovered a mammary tumor. However, Sophia doesn’t let that stop her. In fact, she just took a sip of water and then darted out of the room, happily snorting all the way. Turns out she got the snack out of the Kong.
These mill mommas are so resilient. It just blows my mind! I could easily believe that Sophia had been someone’s family pet because she is so well socialized and has taken well to potty training. In the video below, I’ve got a diaper on her because she marked a little when she first got her, but I don’t think she’s marking anymore – at least I haven’t found anything. She’s been hiking off leash with us, following right along with Bill, and she’s starting to learn her name and some commands. She knows “Come,” and she’s always excited to run back to me for some love. The only thing I have to watch is that sometimes she’ll follow the people we pass. Many of our fosters do that. Bill does it, too, with joggers. Sometimes they get a little freaked out, but one look at his happily bobbing head, and they see that he’s just happy to go with someone who is moving faster than me.
I feel privileged to care for these mill mommas, who have faced so much adversity and somehow still manage to love and trust. I’m sure we’ll find her the perfect family soon, but in the meantime, I’ll learn all I can from her.