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On Saturday I dragged Frasier along to the Anti-Cruelty Society’s annual Bark in the Park – a 3-mile walk along the lake with your pooch to help raise money for the shelter. When my dad dropped us off, it felt like every dog in Chicago was there, but we quickly found our place and Frasier was a champ. He made it through the entire walk, and only stopped a few times; he was much more interested in sniffing the behinds of those in front of him:)
With St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, we donned some green and headed downtown to see the river turn green, meet up with some friends and watch the Badger game. I couldn’t believe how crowded the city was; there were literally people everywhere. Riding the crowded El train made me grateful for the first time that I have to drive to work. On Sunday I headed over to PAWS on 26th Street and fell for an adorable black pooch named Andres who only had three legs.
[top photo courtesy of Josh]
Up until a few weeks ago, Josh and I had seriously considered fostering a dog from PAWS Chicago. The program works like this: As dogs come in who need time outside the shelter environment or who are recovering from colds or injuries, staff will reach out to volunteers who have shown interest in temporarily fostering a pooch. Generally the foster term lasts from about two to four weeks. You provide the pup with water, food, a nice home and lots of love! If there is one who is a good match for your home and lifestyle, you’re pretty much set.
I originally thought this was the ideal solution for getting acclimated to living with a dog in an apartment while still helping out. But it quickly became clear that since we’re both gone for a better part of the day, we’d likely have to turn to a dog walker, especially since PAWS staff recommends crating the dog while you are away. Unfortunately, a dog walker just wasn’t in our budget.
So it looks like my dream of getting a friend for Frasier and having a dog around full time are once again put on hold. For those who do foster pups, though, it seems like such a great experience! What do you think?
top photo via