I did this recap for the last couple of years and thought
I'd do it again...a year-end list of all the dogs who were with us in 2010.
Polly was the first foster to arrive in 2010, on January
1. On January 1, 2011 she is still here. I think every single day about
adopting her. When she is good, she is very, very good. Unfortunately, when
she is annoying, she is very, very annoying.
Spencer arrived just 2 weeks later. The two dogs became
great friends, but just got into too much trouble together, so Spencer was finally moved
I gave them names: Star, Ozzie and Red. They were
at the shelter, and their bodies were cold when I picked them up, no more than 2 days
old. I tried to warm them up and get food into them, but they were just too little
to survive and all 3 died within a day. Red (whom I named because his mouth was
bright red) was the last to die, and died lying on my chest, under a blanket. At
least he was warm, and could feel my heart beat. That makes it easier for me to
remember, though it's never easy to lose one of these little guys.
Xena arrived with her two puppies, Itsy and Bitsy at the end
of April. She was a great Mom, but fiercely protective of the puppies and didn't
like being around all these other dogs, so we eventually moved her and the pups. The
pups came back later for a few weeks.
Emmy arrived May 7. She was a demodex dog, who looked
kind of moth-eaten when she arrived, but she responded well the medicine and was looking
good in no time. She was a sweetie.
Itsy and Bitsy returned at the end of May, after they had
weaned. It was fun having the puppies around, and without Mom here, they enjoyed
playing with the other dogs.
Basil was a 6 week old pit bull puppy, who came just the day
before we left for Russia (but Ashley was dog-sitting, so that was OK). I called him
Basil because we were going to be at St. Basil's church soon. He was gone by the
time we returned from Russia.
Capuccino was another sweet little chihuahua, who arrived in
July and who got along well with Polly, but her coloring made her desirable for adoption
and she wasn't here long. She found a great forever home!
Shiloh arrived August 7, at about 6 mos of age, with a broken
leg, and became BFF with Polly. He was here long enough to become part of the family
and long enough that when he was finally adopted we could feel the difference it made in
the house...much calmer! He was really a sweetheart, but the longer he was
here, the more oats he began to feel and had become a real handful
Bella was really a beautiful Boston Bull Terrier (possibly
purebred), who came in late August with her puppy, Buttercup. Mom wasn't here all
that long and was adopted quickly. Buttercup stayed behind for awhile.
We're not sure where Buttercup came from, since she looked
NOTHING like her mother. But she was a real sweetie. She was with us until
And then, of course, there were the Andrews puppies, left to
right Laverne, Patty and Max. They've been gone 2 days, as of this writing...and
yes, I miss them!
I said I was going to take a little break
from fostering...except for Polly, of course. We'll see how long that
And btw, if you're curious about PostCrossing, I've put up a blog about the cards I've received so far.
(Just because I don't have enough blogs already!) There is a semi-permanent
link to the site in the left column.
OF THE DAY
These are some of my favorite people in the
(Jeri made the most of her time stranded in California!)