I am a retired teacher with a nice small 2 bedroom house with a completely secure and fenced in backyard. I live in Vancouver right off of the 39th Street exit on I-5. I taught special Ed for a few years and find that kids with special needs and dogs with special needs are very similar. They require patience, flexibility, and kindness.
I have had two dogs for about 15 years each in my life. I also had a cat for 15 years. I recently adopted my eighth foster I have had in the past 3 years. She is blind and only has six teeth and according to the adoption counselor at the Humane Society, "blossomed under my care." Her name is Cassie and she originally was afraid to leave her crate; now she explores new environments with curiosity and courage.
The shortest time I fostered a dog was 4 days; the longest was 11 months. The foster dogs ranged from recovery from surgery, recovering from wounds gotten by a dog fight, dogs with food aggression, leash training, and housebreaking. These were dogs that needed a safe and loving home to recover from trauma.
I am often home writing so the dog (s) will get a lot of attention from me. I love to play ball, give belly rubs, and give them a lot of care and love.
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