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Foster Dog in the Bed

When I foster I always have to ask my husband and make sure it is a dog that I know my almost 4 year old can be safe with. My husband is experienced in my last minute call asking to foster and it is a mutual agreement that the foster will mesh well in our home and lifestyle. So I called him Friday asking if we could foster a little 1 year old whippet/hound mix that we named Lila. She had come in very very thin, you can see all her ribs and her hip bones. I wanted to bring her home because she was shaking in her kennel run, scared of all the other dogs barking around her. So home she came.
We normally don't let dogs on the sofa or chairs and we don't have dogs in our bed unless one of us is away. But as you see in the photo that didn't hold true with this girl. She was so loving and just so wanted to be touched all the time that she immediately found the one person who would give her constant attention, my son Sam. Then as we go to bed she bounces herself up on the be…
Even though this first picture is two years old, it is one of my favorites. It just shows you how my cats (I have 6) are part of our family. My husband and I have a four year old and two year old triplets. You see their child seats here. The loveable orange tabby is Freckles Juice. Freckles is the best lap cat and snuggler in the house. He sleeps with us every night and follows us where ever we are.

Given our busy lifestyle I fell vicitim to the easy round the clock "food available" way of feeding my cats. Yes, they are all overweight. Yes, I know this is my fault. But I continued. Juice weighed in at 14 pounds and was the biggest. I know there are much fatter cats out there, so I thought we were okay.

I was wrong.

I noticed that in a few months he had lost some weight(turned out that he had lost 4 pounds). He also was thirsty. All the time...in the shower, drinking from the dog bowl, drinking from his water fountain...I made him an appointment at our vet. Sure enough, Diabetes…

Landlords and Homeowner Associations Can Help Us.

We get a lot of calls from landlords who need our help with pets left behind and from citizens in neighborhoods that are seeing a lot of cats roaming and multiplying.

I want to put out a couple of ideas that will help us with this problem and in return help you; homeowner associations and landlords.

Homeowner Associations - How about setting up rules and guidelines around free roaming cats in your neighborhood. Cats are not permitted to be inside/outside or outside only unless they are fixed. That way those cats won't attract other cats who come around because of matting season. They won't produce more cats and the problem won't get out of control like so many neighborhoods in the city are experiencing.

Landlords - First off, allow people to have pets. Set reasonable pet deposits, stop charging a monthly rent for the pet and don't make decisions on pets based on size. One small dog can do as much damage and more than a 50 lb large dog can. Set up guidelines that s…