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Letting the foster parents know ... too little or too much?

I can't believe that it's only a week since we fostered Billy (Greyhound, with a dash of summat else fast as well). Like Gypsy, his background and breeding is uncertain, but it's certainly known that he was starving, manky with all sorts of skin problems - but never the less loving dog - when he arrived with the Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group. The majority of work on him's been done, but he's still described as work in progress. Quite frequent Occasional sizeable little accidents, a desire to be with people absolutely all most of the time ... these things are only to be expected in a dog that's been through so much and - let's face it - doesn't know if we are going to be just another transitory phase. Fear not, Billy - the plan is that you're with us for good. A dog is not just for Christmas. A dog is also for 2012. And 2013. And 2014 ... we just need to be 100% sure that you're going to be happy. And Gypsy's happy. And Charlie's happy.

We've never fostered or adopted a dog from another home before - purely from a kennel or a larger cat place. So with Billy, we're also learning and treading carefully as regards how many pictures and reports to send to Ali who did so much for Billy over the last couple of months, and to Gerry, Lisa, and the rest of the team at DAWG too. I can only imagine what it must be like to see a fostered child move on, and I can only guess what it must be like to want to know how they're getting on in a new home, but at the same time perhaps to miss them. So we've sent a couple of early reports ... but stopped short of a daily "here's a photo of what he did today". Thinking aong the lines of a weekly update, with at least a weekly reference in "The Horse's Mouth" so there's always something current there - mixed in amongst the hotel and Open Source stuff.

As I write this, 9 a.m. Sunday morning, we've been out into the field and run off our energy. Had breakfast. Billy's downstairs wth Lisa, and Gypsy's on the bed with me. Charlie was on the back of the sofa when I came up. I'm going to be off in a few to finish boxing the final presents for Santa (we have 90 adults and 60 chldren on the 17:20 train from Melksham tonight to meet him) and to switch training rooms around as the course next week is in the smaller "Berks" while we have a bigger outside event running in the larger "Wilts". And - staring as I mean to go on at least this month - some more pictures of the animals. These were taken on a walk yesterday afternoon ...

if you go down to the woods today ..."If you go down to the woods today, you'd better not go alone ..."


Beside the Kennet and Avon"What's going on over there?


give way to cyclistsGiving way to cyclists - the towpath on the Kennet and Avon Canal, which runs just behind the Bowerhil area of Melksham.

(written 2011-12-04)

 
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Z203 - Cat and Dog
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  [4517] Black dog day - and Bobby still seeks his new home - (2015-09-26)
  [4507] In favour of adoption rather than puppy purchase - dogs! - (2015-06-07)
  [4433] Different views of a Welsh Valley - but headed home - (2015-02-20)
  [4417] Crisp morning, fast run - (2015-02-06)
  [4333] Misty Melksham Morning - (2014-11-30)
  [4316] Too many Staffies, too many lurchers - (2014-11-16)
  [4189] Who are we - Lisa, Graham, Gypsy and Billy - (2013-10-07)
  [4180] Exceptionally, I sign a petition - on a life and death issue for Irish dogs - (2013-09-20)
  [4130] Soft furnishings up a Welsh Mountain - (2013-07-03)
  [4016] Red, yellow, green or pink dog? Yellow Dog Project - (2013-02-23)
  [3943] With us for a year already! - (2012-12-03)
  [3936] Lisa is home today ... - (2012-11-26)
  [3920] Challenge for a photographer - (2012-11-10)
  [3908] Black dogs at Halloween - (2012-10-31)
  [3906] Taking the lead, not the dog, for a walk. - (2012-10-28)
  [3737] Postcards from Barmouth - (2012-05-20)
  [3675] Spring 2012 - (2012-03-30)
  [3674] Off to walk the dogs - (2012-03-30)
  [3625] An update on Billy the Greyhound and Gypsy the Lurcher - (2012-02-25)
  [3606] Gypsy and Billy enjoy the snow - (2012-02-10)
  [3561] Happy Christmas ... a Christmas morning walk in Melksham - (2011-12-25)
  [3553] Changes to morning routines - (2011-12-16)
  [3541] I loves Melksham - (2011-12-06)
  [3533] No message - just doggy pictures of the new doggy - (2011-11-30)
  [3530] A typical weekend?? - (2011-11-28)
  [3338] Return trip - Dogs Trust, Newbury - (2011-06-27)
  [3324] Rabbit Shelter - (2011-06-12)
  [3096] Contrast in pictures - (2010-12-20)
  [2897] The Land of the Black Labrador - (2010-08-01)
  [2787] Sleeping in on Sunday - (2010-05-30)
  [2689] Can my dog eat potatoes? Doggie Dietary Research, and political sleaze! - (2010-03-23)
  [2555] Bookkeeping - (2009-12-29)
  [2499] ourdog is Greyhound, Staffie and Ginger Cake - (2009-11-09)
  [2496] A better design of mouth - (2009-11-07)
  [2456] Bright Eyes - (2009-10-16)
  [2451] Gypsy says - (2009-10-12)
  [2450] Family Gathering at 404, The Spa - (2009-10-11)
  [2295] The dog is not in trouble - (2009-07-17)
  [2271] Dogs Trust, Dog Show, Newbury - (2009-07-06)
  [2252] Leaping dog, Leaping horse, copyright of old masters - (2009-06-20)
  [2167] Watching the tele - (2009-05-10)
  [2140] Beware - giving copyright away when you upload a picture - Dogs Trust - (2009-04-25)
  [2138] Ski bore ... train bore ... dog bore - (2009-04-24)
  [2132] Learning about Lurchers - (2009-04-18)
  [2029] Also for the eyes of the cat - (2009-02-07)
  [771] From cat breeder to Cobol to Perl - (2006-06-21)
  [744] We can offer a room, but we can't operate on a dog - (2006-06-05)
  [547] Taking the dog for a walk - (2005-12-29)
  [96] Variable Scope - (2004-10-22)
  [62] Technical Open House - (2004-09-25)


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