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Walk, Foster, Adopt A Dog

Yes, I went from walking a dog at my local animal shelter, to fostering the dog, and now adopting him. Both my dog Valentino and I think all dog lovers should do the same!

Walking dogs at the local shelter got me through that rough period of time immediately following the loss of my dog Tidbit. The pleading eyes of a quiet hound dog caught my eye and I began walking him when visiting the shelter.

But of course, I fell for Valentino and his story -- he'd been at the shelter for eight months before I finally brought him home as a foster dog. He was also positive for heart worms and his treatment continues for this disease.

Our bonding period was swift and strong. I knew together we would always belong. I am proud to say we adopted one another this past May. My marvelous mutt of American English Coonhound blood and I are forever bound in our hearts and home.

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RuthCox wrote on June 1, 2015, 2:01 PM

Indeed a happy ending! Valentino is nothing but sweetness and enjoys every moment of his new life. He is an awesome dog!

Carmelanirel wrote on June 1, 2015, 3:09 PM

RuthCox Good for you! I would love to foster a dog, but my home doesn't have a fenced in yard. I also think it is wonderful that you found a new buddy to adopt.

WordChazer wrote on June 1, 2015, 3:09 PM

Seems to be a dog few days for me. I saw 4 dogs on my trip to the store yesterday. Today work started a series on how our executive board members keep healthy. One of them has a lovely black Labrador, and the photo was shared on the daily update email. And now here's your post on Valentino just to round the day off.

RuthCox wrote on June 1, 2015, 3:27 PM

Carmelanirel I do not have a fenced yard either, hence we do lots of dog walking! This hound keeps me exercised for sure.

RuthCox wrote on June 1, 2015, 3:53 PM

Valentino is delighted to be found wandering through your dog days, WordChazer

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 6:58 PM

Volunteering at a shelter is a good way to get your "fix" if you are not sure you're ready to commit (after a loss, during a life change, or with a restrictive housing situation). I'm glad Valentino worked his way into your heart, one step at a time!

RuthCox wrote on June 1, 2015, 7:39 PM

Volunteering at an animal shelter is one of those good deeds that is a win/win situation for all. Oh yes, AliCanary this boy didn't walk softly either, he ran right to the core of my being, and he knew he had me!

valmnz wrote on June 2, 2015, 1:44 AM

Valentino must know how lucky he is to find a Mum like you. I'd love another dog, but our life style isn't supportive of this.

MelissaE wrote on June 2, 2015, 11:31 AM

Great tips and advice. While I would love another dog, three are enough for us.

Carmelanirel wrote on June 2, 2015, 3:44 PM

Really? I was under the impression one had to have a fenced in yard.

RuthCox wrote on June 9, 2015, 4:02 PM

I consider myself just as lucky as he is! I understand not having the lifestyle that includes a dog in the home. However, there are always shelters looking for volunteers and you could feed your love of dogs that way..:-)

agvulpes wrote on August 31, 2015, 8:37 AM

What a wonderful story and I hope that Valentino is still doing well ? That Heartworm is a horrible thing for dogs to have to bear :)

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2015, 6:02 PM

I've considered volunteering to walk dogs for the county pound, but realize I could not foster nor adopt even one as where I live now forbids animals. My problem is that I want to take them all home and end up crying each time I leave. If I could get past that, I'd gladly exercise the dogs and myself.

VinceSummers wrote on December 2, 2015, 10:04 AM

That's really nice. I have 4 cats and 2 dogs, only one deliberately obtained. We had one cat with 2 kinds of worms!

RuthCox wrote on December 2, 2015, 11:27 AM

Three dogs would definitely be enough for me too. I once had 3 dogs and a cat and that was loads of fun!

RuthCox wrote on December 2, 2015, 11:28 AM

My guess is that it depends on the shelter and maybe other circumstances.

RuthCox wrote on December 2, 2015, 11:30 AM

Valentino is doing very well, although he still tests positive. I'vemet a few people who have had dogs for over a decade that this is the case. So as long as he remains healthy, I am hoping he'll live a long and happy dog life too.

RuthCox wrote on December 2, 2015, 12:09 PM

I know your feelings well! I cried a few times leaving my hound behind after walking him. I guess it's one of the reasons why I ended up bringing him home!

RuthCox wrote on December 2, 2015, 12:16 PM

Sometimes it is those critters that walk into our life unexpectedly that become the ones that leave the deepest paw prints in our hearts.