For the past week I have started to get to know the two similar yet opposite personalities of the two foster Pit-Lab mix puppies I've been temporarily caring for. I told myself that I wouldn't get too attached... but as the week passes, I find myself holding them a little bit more.. calling them by their names.. letting them out of their play pen longer than I should. I am taking photos of them to remember them by and wondering what kind of dog will they grow up to be? Where will they end up? What will their owner be like..Will they be adopted together or separately but most importantly, will they ever find someone to adopt them?
I have just twenty one more days left to spend with these two pups and I find myself wanting to cherish every moment with them.
I went into fostering these two puppies because there was a large number of puppies that came into the GBHS this past week. There seemed to be more puppies than there were available foster parents at the time, so I felt compelled to help, not knowing what kind of puppy I would be getting.. so when they brought these two babies for me to take home, my heart melted as I looked at them through their crate. The looked back at me silently with curious expressions.. unsure what to think.
It's truly hard to give your heart to these puppies knowing that when it is time to return them.. that I will more than likely cry like a baby.. but what is even harder than that is always wondering if these puppies would ever of had a chance if no one would have stepped up to foster and care for them.
Jug-Head is full of attitude and spunk. He seems to be fearless rather it be from jumping off the couch to playing with Millie.. my 62 lb rescue. Millie and Jug have bonded and his play time involves chasing Millie around the den floor until he is either exhausted or has to use the bathroom.
He seems to be a tad more stubborn than his litter-mate Moose. He refuses to go to his 'potty' spot over at the puppy pad station. He tends to have no order with when and where he chooses to use the potty.. so I am constantly keeping my eyes on him.. and when I see it coming, I rush over to him and place him on the pads.
He is so stubborn that he even refuses to use the pee pads in his play pen as he feels that his nice, fresh clean bedding is a far more superior place to pee and poo.
So chances are, when I am cleaning and doing laundry constantly.. I can almost say with confidence.. it is after JUG-HEAD!
Whomever adopts this cutie needs to have a lot of energy and patience.. as I predict it will take more than a few 'nos' and dont's with this fella... but his capability to love on you and play will quickly make you forget what a handful he can be at times!
Now don't get me started with Moose.. I just may start to cry. He is going to be the hardest to give up, come February 6th. He is so calm and loving towards me.. and smart as a whip! He is already learning how to use his puppy pads at 4 weeks!! Moose is quick to learn and takes command very well. I feel that out of the two pups, Moose and I are more on the same level and I feel that I can get through to him much easier.
He loves play time with Milie as well.. but he is more reserved and cautious. He prefers to stay near me and often chooses my lap over running around with his litter-mate.
He is going to make the perfect snuggle buddy to that lucky person who is able and willing to adopt this little guy.
I can't help but keep a little piece of this guy in my heart for years to come. I know I will often wonder about their well being and hope that someone will see the value and worth that I see in both Moose and Jug-Head as they begin their next stage in life.