As I sit here, writing this, Etta is assisting me by trying to chew my keyboard. She’s very helpful like that. This is my very first time fostering a dog and it has been quite an adventure so far. I don’t have children but I imagine that waking up at 3 am to take your child out to poop is just one of the many joys of parenthood, no?
All, kidding aside, Etta Place, or Ms. Etta, as I fondly call her, is a 6 month old rescue from Texas. Which would explain why, when it snowed briefly the other day, she fought me tooth and paw, to stay inside all day. (She lost that battle).
I am enjoying every minute that I spend with Ms. Etta because I am learning so much about her and getting to watch her become more confident and social with other humans and pets. From 6 feet away, of course.
For instance, I have learned that she loves to run and chase sticks. She will even occasionally bring them back. Ms. Etta is currently teething, so if she can reach it, she will chew on it. So I went out last week and bought her some chew toys and a teething ring. Did you know those existed for dogs? I did not. I also learned that Etta has two speeds - zoomies at 90 mph and zero. Curled up, asleep on my bed with the fuzzy blanket, snoring softly. Actually, if I don’t shut my bedroom door when we get up in the morning, I will turn around to put her food out, only to find her back in bed again.
My time as a foster mama has been simultaneously the best decision I’ve ever made and one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. I have come to love this little lady. Especially when she curls right up next to me, every morning, or growls at my parents dog for coming too close to “her human”. Seriously, it’s adorable. However, at the end of the day, I can’t make her a permanent part of my family. It’s just not in the stars for me at this point in my life. Deep down though, I know that the time I spend with Etta now, will help her be ready and open for love and affection from the perfect furever family when the time comes. That is the thought that gives me comfort and makes me want to continue being a foster mama and a volunteer at CAAA.
Thank you so much to Emeline and all of our amazing fosters! Check back with us periodically as we share stories from our foster families and more.
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