Welcome to week 19 of the Pet Photographers Project 52 blog circle. The theme for this week is “Photographer’s Choice”.
This fits perfectly as recently I have made a choice and am bursting to share.
Let me explain…
This November past, we said our sorrowful good bye’s to our sweet little Coco Bean. With his passing we became a one dog family after many years of being a multi-dog household. It was a sad time and a huge adjustment for all of us. After a bit, Lacie seemed to adjust to having us all to herself but did seem a little bored on some days. Roland and I pride ourselves on being active, but admittedly we do enjoy our down times.
After awhile I started to think that fostering with Animal Services might be a good idea. Not only would we be giving a dog a break from the kennels but hopefully we would add some interest to Lacie’s days.
My thoughts circled around the senior dogs … the ones who, through no fault of their own, find themselves at the shelter, elderly and alone. They would be the perfect fit with our lifestyle and with our 8-year-old Lacie. It would be a win, win.
Believe me, fostering a pup was never something I envisioned for us. Puppies are far too much work and far too much responsibility.
But all it took was one look at his sad little face and my heart made other plans.
So Odin, this frightened, almost feral pup, entered our home and our lives.
Right from the get-go our intention was to foster, ONLY!
My mind was set. He was a pup, a big pup, a pup with many issues. “No… we will not be adopting,” was my discourse to the many that listened, smiled and nodded.
Time went by and the challenges were many. Lacie proved to be Odin’s lifeline as he followed her everywhere and through her, we were able to connect with him.
Our plan was to simply be there and give him as much space as he needed.
Our hope was that Odin would learn that it is ok to trust humans and that it is great fun to simply be a playful, happy pup.
Two weeks in and I thought I saw the tip of his tail wag ever so slightly as I turned towards him.
Three weeks saw him tolerate a lead and harness to the end of our driveway although this new world was still very intimidating and scary. Many, many treats were involved while small steps were taken forward.
Four weeks in we decided that Odin was ready for adoption but it would have to be with the right family… one that understood his needs and had the time and patience to guide him.
Although the decision to place him up for adoption felt right, it came with this nagging sense of sadness. I recognized it, accepted it and we went on with our days.
Shortly after his adoption was made public, the phone rang. On the other end was a very nice lady saying that she would like to meet Odin. My heart stopped. My stomach clenched.
We continued the conversation and as it turned out, her family was not the best fit for Odin. But she remained interested and I knew that, with the amount of progress he was making, it would only be a matter of time before he would be ready to leave and do well in another home.
After that conversation, I felt shaken… and I did waver, but after a couple of days of swirling thoughts, logic won out and my stance was once more firm. We were only fostering.
More time passed and every day Odin gained ground both with his confidence and in our hearts.
Then one day the inevitable happened. A man from out of town was interested in Odin… “could he come in, pick him up and take him home the same day.”
My heart took a dive, I could barely breathe.
My response was sure and quick. “Sorry, Odin has been adopted.”
And that’s when I realized what my heart already knew… Odin was home.
I guess it’s true what they say… life really does happen while you’re busy making other plans.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Photographer’s Choice”, visit Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA and surrounding areas. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!