It has been a month since David and I arrived at the airport to pick up our little joy, Jeje. Despite being quite experienced with dogs myself, I was a bit nervous with how everything would go since Jeje spent so many hours in the plane. She didn’t know me and we didn’t know her history.
fostering rescue dogs
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is Charley’s confidence. But the city slowly became a hallmark of pride, inspiration, and awe. That’s where our little Einstein is headed. Charley has been slowly gaining his confidence, and trusting his humans to lead him there. More and more he is choosing what is right, and quicker and quicker he is to realize his mistakes and to adjust his actions accordingly.
This is Charley. He is not available for adoption at the moment, but is working hard to get there.
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(or “my big potato” as I affectionately called you, since your name means ‘Potato’ in Korean)
If only there is a course out there on how to be a “good” foster parent to rescue dogs……each dog and dog owner is different. We can share what worked & what did not work – apply these learnings to our own environment & circumstances. I had the pleasure to foster 2 different dogs from Free Korean Dogs (FKD) ever since May 2018.
May 2018: Jin-Su
I have to admit I was nervous about fostering a bigger dog given my own dog, Woojoo is only 15 lbs PLUS living in a 550 sq. ft. apartment. I made a to-do list prior to Jin-Su arriving:
I felt the onus was on ME to setup the best possible environment and my “many rules” (as realistic as possible) to avoid as much “unwanted surprises” as possible. (I knew there is no guarantee but I had to try) I was especially tough on Woojoo during the foster period – in my mind, Woojoo and I need to be good role models for Jin-Su. Dogs are very intelligent, they do observe and they will learn based on positive reinforcement and practice by REPEATING the desired behaviour 10,000 times – it was a true test to my level of patience. I started making notes re: Jin-Su’s behaviour, his likes and dis-likes and the activities I did with him over the course of the foster period. I gave the notes/info to FKD to pass on to the adopters so they can continue the progress and make adjustment as they see fit.
Written by William Yang