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Jan 22, 2021
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I Fostered Three Puppies For The First Time (Yup, You Read That Right—THREE!)

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Olivia Dutcher
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he past two weeks of my life have been pretty crazy. I’ve been having major puppy fever. I adopted my gorgeous black cat, Ghost, a little over a year ago and he’s changed my life. However, like a little cat, he cannot come with me to the store, on walks, to the park, etc. So, I’ve been really wanting a forever buddy to join Ghost and my family. With that being said, in the midst of this pandemic, I’ve been living at home with my mom and my sister and neither of them is too excited by the idea of living with a puppy.

I was able to find a middle ground and convince them to let me foster for two weeks! We expected to get 1-2 puppies to look after. However, due to an emergency foster situation, the rescue I was fostering for needed us to foster three (!!!!!) 8-week old Shepherd-Pitbull mixes. Now that they’re officially at their forever homes, I have some insight into what the experience was really life.

The Good

I absolutely love animals. So, getting to hang out with three puppies for two weeks made my day every single day. On top of the fact that I was literally saving these puppies’ lives by fostering, it was so nice to cuddle with some cute little puppies. Since these specific puppies are Shepherd-Pitbull Mixes, they will be big dogs and, in turn, are big puppies. They were so cute, so playful, and so cuddly. Plus I truly felt like I was doing a good thing. Not to mention it did curve my puppy fever just a little bit.

The Bad

One puppy is a lot of work, but three puppies is like 100 times more work. Puppies are basically like newborn babies that can walk. Especially when they’re 6 to 7 weeks old. So, I was chasing them around all day long to make sure that they weren’t getting into anything. Plus, these puppies had some medical issues that made it really hard for them to sleep through the night. I was also pretty worried that they’d get sick or hurt! I was constantly scared something awful might have happened. It was a combination of sleep deprivation, constant running around, and fear that they’d get hurt. So, to say the least, I felt like I was under a lot of pressure.

Final Thoughts

Do I recommend fostering puppies? It depends. If you have a lot of time on your hands and love animals, then I absolutely think you should give it a shot! If you don’t have either of those two things, I’d hold off. It’s a ton of work, but so rewarding. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!

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