These two girls are Snowball and Stella. We picked them up from the foster mom who was taking care of the puppies when they were born so we got to name them! My daughter stepped up with her naming skills, asked her friends for advice, and settled on Snowball (the completely white puppy) and Stella (she’s light brown and white). These girls might be almost as light as Minnie, but I’m not sure because I haven’t had to pull out my food scale yet. They came into our house on Saturday, December 29, 2012 – and they should be with us for about a month. You’ll be able to read more about these girls because now I’m all caught up with the Reck Family’s Foster History.
The shelter called because they had a big litter of puppies needing foster care. I decided to take two of the females, thinking that they might be easier (I was clearly delusional). So we ended up with Jasmine and Belle. They came to us already named, and I thought it would be fun to have Disney Princess Puppies. I spent the whole month referring to them as “The Princesses” but my tone of voice quickly went from “ooooh, aren’t they cute?” to “watch out for those huge puppies!”
Jasmine looked like a little tiger with her brindle coloring and Belle was very white with cute freckled ears.
They were almost certainly part pit bull and they grew so quickly! They were fun and very sweet, but quickly got on Watson’s nerves. A dear friend from work donated a soft bed for us to use with our foster puppies and these girls loved to lounge in the sunshine although their forever home will need to get them a much bigger bed!
Our next set of foster puppies came from a Beagle momma and were absolutely precious. They started out roughly equivalent in size, but eventually Panda outgrew her sister. Panda is the puppy whose face is half black and half white. Her sister came to us as “Grumpy” but we quickly re-christened her because my daughter didn’t think it was fair to saddle her with such a negative name. She seems to have a flair for naming puppies, so Grumpy became Daisy. These girls spent plenty of time on my Facebook page (as you can see, they are quite photogenic) and some of my friends were interested in the idea of adoption. My son’s former preschool teacher was looking for a new dog and we were thrilled when Daisy went to her house on a permanent basis. However, Daisy received another name change in the process. Daisy is now Cora and is enjoying a life of leisure with her new best friend!
Although Lily was bigger than any puppy we’d had up until July 2012…she was also the most delicate. She wasn’t eating well at all until she got into our home and we loved on her as much as we could. She even had to sleep on a heating pad to maintain her body temperature. She was a bit of a mess…losing some hair and one of her paws was crooked. But we loved her so much and she had the funniest, biggest tongue we’d ever seen on a dog. My son was particularly attached to her and very upset when it was time for her to go to her own foster-to-adopt family. Last we heard, she is doing very well. Such a sweet girl…she deserves the best!
Minnie was the tiniest puppy we’ve fostered so far, but she also had the BIGGEST personality! She was so small that even though we kept her for a long time, she still wasn’t two pounds – so she wasn’t big enough for her “no-babies-for-me” surgery. We enjoyed her company and cracked up when we had to bathe her (which was more often that she would have preferred) because she looked like a drowned rat in the sink. Her “forever family” was able to serve as a foster-to-adopt family for her and I cried when I dropped her off with them at the shelter. Here’s one of my favorite pictures…she would go right up to our dog Watson and take his toy away from him. His toy was even bigger than she was, but she didn’t seem to care and Watson sure didn’t know what to do with her!
Our family volunteered at the Humane Society of Williamson County as much as we could. One day, when my daughter and I were about to go home after volunteering, the foster coordinator asked us if we would consider fostering some puppies that had to be bottle-fed. We saw the puppies and there was just no way we could go home without them. They weren’t very tiny but they were extremely young and it was just like having a newborn infant again. I was getting up once or twice during the night to feed them. Our dog, Watson, seemed wary but he kept his distance and didn’t bother them – he just looked on curiously as the kids and I bottle fed the babies for a few weeks. We learned that puppy formula is rather expensive and puppies are messy eaters. We also learned how wonderful it is to give your love to foster pups.