Fostering to Adopt a Pitbull Named Boss
What is fostering to adopt?
Fostering to adopt, such an interesting term. When you decide you want to adopt a pet, some shelters are very generous and offer a trial adoption. Fostering to adopt is when you take home a potential friend for 3-14 days to see if the animal is a good fit for your family. The pet is still the shelters property, and you posses no ownership over the pet - until you decide to adopt. The shelter supply's the necessary items for your trial such as food, treats, toys, crates, ect to ensure the animals comfort.
All about Boss
Boss is a four year old 55 pound golden/copper Pitbull. He came to his animal shelter from the great state of Florida, his past is still unknown. Boss gets very nervous and anxious in the shelter (who wouldn't in a cage surrounded by dozens of dogs?) Boss loves to ride in the car, and does well around other animals. He is a very shy big baby, and has the kindest eyes. Boss isn't a super high energy dog, he loves to lay on your lap and sleep! If you were to take Boss for a walk, you would be in awe at his walking skills, he is a complete angel on the leash, he never pulls! He is a gentle walker, and doesn't run very fast at all. When you walk him, you'll notice he stops every so often to check in to see if you're okay, he's very thoughtful. Boss loves to cuddle in bed, he almost always wants to be the little spoon in bed. He loves to have his belly rubbed, and adores all the attention you are willing to give him.
Life with Boss
Today marks day 11/14 and we've all come a long way. In terms of bonding, Boss quickly bonded to me within just a couple hours of being together. As of now, Dustin and Boss are bonded up strongly. Bringing home a new dog I'll admit, it was pretty scary, who knew what could happen. What if he didn't like us? What if he didn't like the neighbor dog? What if people were afraid of a Pitbull? What if we weren't ready to expand our family? At day eleven, all doubt has been thrown out the window. Boss has us convinced that he is 100% a great dog with only good intentions. I've grown so accustom to never leaving home without a co-pilot (well Dustin +1) it feels weird to not have Boss by my side. He tends to stay glued at my hip, wherever I go, even if it's to the shower, he has to be near. It's the same with Dustin, he needs to know what we're doing, at all times. He's very attentive, and is pretty alert to all things around him. We've been doing a bit of socialization to get him adjusted to life outside of the kennels, he's seen all kinds of people from a newborn, to our elders. He is very curious about babies, and truly doesn't mind new people. We've taken Boss on long walks in dog parks, surrounded him by lots of people in common areas, and let him run free in Northern Maine. Boss has proven to us he's wonderful off the leash, isin't too crazy about cats, and adores getting attention from all people. In our journey with Boss, we've only noticed one thing we aren't sure of. Boss tends to be afraid of men, and he makes it known. When Dustin first met Boss, Boss quickly barked at him and didn't want anything to do with him. He showed no aggression, just that he had high anxiety. When males come through the door at our home (Dustin's father, my dad, brother etc.) He barks, like a normal dog would. He is unsure of males, but it takes him a few to get used to them. We've come to the awful conclusion Boss had definitely been hurt by a male in his past. When Dustin and I rough house, Boss in turn thinks Dustin is hurting me, and barks at him. One night, Dustin picked up a spatula to flip pancakes with, Boss did not like that at all, he got up off the couch and barked at Dustin. We are always able to calm Boss down out of his barking fits due to nervousness. It's hard for me to think about someone abusing a helpless animal. I can't fathom the mindset someone has to have in order to beat a dog. Other than Boss being a nervous baby, and occasionally barking at males, he is doing wonderful outside of the kennel. Boss has never showed any aggression or hate towards anything or anyone he has encountered. Dustin and I love this dog and thinks he is a wonderful fit to our little family. We know we may have to continue to help him through his struggles, and we're willing to do that. We want to give an animal a second chance at life and rescue a dog that may never get adopted. I wanted a Pitbull above any other breed because I've grown up with them, and know how sweet they are. It infuriates me when people say this breed is aggressive, they're fighting dogs, and all the other ignorant bullshit they can come up with. Due to past experience with this breed, I believe the animal is innocent, until a human trains it to be otherwise. Enough said. We feel like we can give Boss a safe home, where he can gain the trust of males again, and live without fear while being loved unconditionally. We have discussed adopting Boss, and if it's alright by Dustin's family, we will proceed to adopt and give Boss a permanent home. We have also talked about the matter if we can't adopt him, if we aren't fully able to proceed with an adoption, we can feel good knowing we've helped Boss break his barriers, and helped him begin to form bonds with males and females. Giving this animal a second chance has in turn given me new insight and a new found respect for people who rescue animals from shelters. We were lucky enough to get a trial adoption from this amazing animal shelter. I can't wait to thank them enough for this experience that has truly warmed my heart and soul, regardless of the outcome.