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June 22, 2010

Foster Dog One: Patch Adams

Last Thursday we picked up our first foster dog from the SPCA. He’s a Stafford terrier cross and is six months old. His name is Patch Adams. He had surgery on his left hind leg and was on cage rest until we brought him home.

Patch Adams

When Patch first arrived at our place, he was very timid. Our section is fully fenced but I had a few anxious moments when I couldn’t find him. He spent the rest of the day hiding behind the potager garden. When he did finally emerge from hiding, he claimed Scotty’s old kennel and made himself at home.

Our job as fosters is to build his confidence, teach him manners and get him used to a lead. We’re walking him every morning and night, giving him loads of affection and building his confidence by introducing him to new situations and noises.

He’s very good at sitting and is improving daily in the confidence arena. For the first few days he didn’t like leaving the section but now he’s eager to walk. The second day with us, he started chewing. Luckily the cannon bone Mr. Munro brought home has done the trick, and he’s concentrated on chewing that. My shoes and doormat are safe again.

Patch is a loving and very affectionate dog. He’s really sweet and will make someone a wonderful pet.


  1. Suzanne

    They actually foster out dogs. I’m amazed. I’d get too attached and want to keep them. I’d cry. :)

  2. Christina Phillips

    I don’t think I’d want to hand him back, either! He looks very cute – suits his name!!!

  3. Maria Zannini

    This proves I could never be a foster mom. He’s adorable!

  4. Shelley Munro

    Suzanne – yes, they foster out animals that have been injured or recovering from a sickness. There are also cases where there is a courtcase involved and the dog needs long term care. I think those cases would be difficult because you foster for so long.

  5. Shelley Munro

    Christina – he’s just a lovely dog and really sweet.

    Maria – you’d love him. Just as well you’re not closer. :grin:

  6. Yvonne Lindsay

    Shelley! He’s absolutely adorable. Major kudos to you and Mr M. for opening your hearts and homes to him so he can be rehomed permanently in the future. Great job!

  7. Shelley Munro

    Hi Yvonne – not so adorable this morning when I found he’d chewed up some of Mr. M’s irrigation system! :lol:

  8. Debra

    He’s adorable. You are doing such a good thing by handing over a totally loveable dog. I’m going to love hearing about your adventures being foster parents.

  9. Mary

    awww, how cute.

  10. Jenyfer Matthews

    He’s adorable! And this is the way that people end up with half a dozen (or more) pets around – they keep telling themselves it’s just “temporary” :)

  11. Shelley Munro

    Debra – I know I’m gonna cry. :neutral:

    Mary – he’s cute in nature too.

    Jenyfer – LOL a hex on you! We can’t have more than one animal. We can’t!

  12. Hailey Edwards

    What a little cutie! You are taking on such a wonderful responsibility by ensuring this little guy has a good life with good manners. ;)