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Happy Trails Foster Fred

May 15, 2017

The day was bound to come, I knew it, but what I didn't know was just how hard it was going to be to let him go.

Late last year, my dog Charlie and I made the decision to become a foster family for pups in need. We got in touch with Motley Zoo Animal Rescue in Redmond, WA., and Fred was placed with us at the beginning of March.

We had so much fun with the sweet wire haired terrier. Truth be told, I had more fun than Charlie did. Fred had zero understanding of personal space and always tried to play with Charlie by jumping on his face. He handled his foster brother with a lot of patience. Finally the day had come where his forever family was found and it was time for Fred to move on to the next chapter of his life.

It didn't hit me until I saw Fred's new fur-mama filling out the paperwork. I started to tear up. Fred's got a new sister and a loving mom and dad that will give him such a good life. His new dad was even kind enough to send a few pics over the weekend which made my heart smile. I know we were doing the right thing letting him go but it didn't suck any less. I cried and cried and cried...

They were happy tears though. Actually, the tears stung but I knew that it was for the best. Many people asked why I didn't keep Fred for myself. I couldn't be that selfish to keep him from his new forever family. And if I had kept him, Charlie and I wouldn't be able to foster other dogs in need of our help. A few hours later we got a call about a 4 month old doggie who needed us. The next day, we picked up Stan.

No one will be able to replace Fred. He was our first foster and will always have a special place in our hearts but this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It's been fun getting to know Stan and his personality which is totally different than Fred's. If you'd like to grow your family, please check out Motley Zoo Animal Rescue and if you're interested in Stan specifically, please send an email to adopt@motleyzoo.org.