Friday, May 13, 2011

Our Foster Boys

Well.

We did it.

We brought home two foster boys yesterday.

Meet Jeff . . .

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And Jesse . . .

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They are two Pekingese dogs who we are fostering until they can be permanently adopted. We are good friends with a family from our church who volunteers with a local dog rescue organization. They have been keeping their eyes out for a dog that would be good for our family to take in and help our two youngest get over their fears (especially after our last experience with Scout). And after just one day, everyone is adjusting well and we have had lots of play time.

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During the morning, while we are doing school and it is still cool yet outside, we keep them inside in our family room where they can maybe pick up their math facts or learn some spelling rules or listen to fascinating history stories. We want them to be really smart when they go to their forever homes.

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When it warms up a bit outside, and they are ready for some play time, we move them out back onto the patio under the canopy to give them some fresh air and lots of room to wrestle. And the kids join them during a quick break here and there. These boys are very quiet, and are very polite, and love to be petted and loved on . . . which we are glad to do.

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Did I mention that these guys like to wrestle? It’s been fun having TWO dogs. They really like to play together. Jeff is the dominant one and he has already reduced Jesse’s nicely groomed ears to wet, stringy ears. Jeff chews on his ears, and bites his tail, and climbs all over him . . .but Jesse can give it right back. The girls and I were just giggling over watching them play tonight.

Just look at those ears!!

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These guys are VERY furry. Very. We are vacuuming daily and confining them to the family room when inside. Care for them has already increased my laundry load. But they are not permanent pets, and it has been helpful to be able to cross “very furry” off of our list of things we want in a forever pet. By the end of the day, my eyes are itchy and all I can smell is dog. But they are so stinkin’ cute and we already have begun to see their personalities.

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We’ve been told that Jeff is 2 years old. He likes to wrestle, as I mentioned, but he tires quickly. He likes to sleep and lounge. If he doesn’t want to walk, he doesn’t. He wants you to know that he is boss dog, and wants to be petted as much as Jesse gets petted (the kids have kind of favored Jesse). He’s not real interested in playing with anything other than Jesse. That’s ok.

We’ve been told that Jesse is 1 year old. He seems to have a lot of puppy in him still. Today he started jumping up on us to be petted. We dealt with that and by tonight, he had stopped that behavior. He must be very smart! He LOVES to be petted and he also LOVES to mouth/chew on our fingers. Jesse has shown more interest in playing with toys, but not much. They both really prefer each other when they aren’t being petted or brushed.

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So . . . here we go on our next adventure.

I’m so proud of the kids for stepping up and helping to shoulder all the extra responsibilities. This is going to be a good experience for our family, in many ways.

P.S. . . Did I mention that these dogs snore? Well, Jeff does at least. Loudly. Again, the girls and I were giggling tonight as we were quietly working on things before bed and were listening to this guy just snoozing away. It’s very funny.

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