A Foster Failure……Pinky

A Foster Failure……Pinky
 

She had a collar on and would come and go just outside our gate. Then she started hanging around more often and when we saw her we would feed her.  After a few days she began to be happily excited when we would walk up to the fence and we decided  she needed a name. “The dog who apparently got dumped on our road” wasn’t going to work.  Since her collar was brown with pink polka dots, I called her Pinky.

As the autumn weather began to get colder, we didn’t want to leave Pinky to fend for herself but it took hours to get her to come up on the back porch at night to a crate with warm blankets. After waking up in the morning we would walk out to the porch to find her gone, joining the unsupervised dogs freely roaming the neighborhood.  One of these daylight liaisons made her a mama

Pinky had her nine puppies on October 18, 2014 and our pack went from six to sixteen!  After deciding to keep 2 of the pups, we began trying to find the other 7 and Pinky loving homes. That plan didn’t work out very well and we knew the longer the puppies and Pinky stayed the more attached we’d get so in June we reached out to I Could Have Been Adopted (ICHBA), a rescue in our community. We agreed we would become the foster family to the pups and Pinky while ICHBA  became responsible for any vaccines, tests, and preventative medication the pups would need…most importantly ICHBA began working with us to find loving homes.

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Charlie

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Diana

There were initial phone calls, checking out references, more phone calls, meet and greets at our home and in dog parks in Nashville, home visits, and more phone calls. By October of 2015 all 7 pups found wonderful homes

 Jade

Jade

 Melody

Melody

 Jack

Jack

 Colt

Colt

 Jazz

Jazz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinky was still waiting for her home when Thanksgiving rolled around. She had a couple of meet and greets, but wasn’t much of a saleswoman and some of them just weren’t right for Pinky…a fenced yard was a must for her because she loves to be outside and she is a wanderer.

We agreed to foster two pups right before Christmas for ICHBA and as is the norm, after a week or two to get to know them, we took pictures and sent copy to ICHBA so the pups could be posted for re-homing. Since it was time to update Pinky’s photos on the adoption sites, I decided to include her in the photo shoot.  Those new photos got Pinky noticed again and when I received a call that someone was interested in re homing her I felt terribly sad instead of happy…she had come such a long way from being the skittish dog we had to entice to get her attention to a happy member of our pack.  It just felt wrong to have Pinky leave us.

It’s not that it wasn’t hard to let the pups go when they found new homes but they are loved and spoiled. I can’t ask for anything more than that. I know that if it wasn’t right, I would feel it.  Pinky is different because she picked us. Maybe that’s why she was so hard to place…she sent vibes out to the universe that she had already found her family.  Pinky is home!!!IMG_1528

 

 

 

 

Pinky in her now forever home

 

by foster C. Ellis; edited by ICHBA

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