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We’re not adopting our foster dog

*Update: Lana has been adopted!

We decided we are not adopting our foster dog Lana.

She met a great family over the weekend, and while they decided to adopt a different dog, it helped me see she does not need to be ours.

Lana does not look up to my dog Ace. She pushes him around, and she annoys the heck out of my cats.

I’m tired.

We will all sigh with relief once she gets adopted. She’s meeting another family this weekend, and I expect it to go well.

Lana is a great dog, but I’d like to see her go to a home where she gets more attention and gets to be “top dog” like Ace.

I’m thankful I’ve gotten to spend so much time with her – running together in the mornings, working on training, helping her recover from a tiring life at the shelter.

She’s ready to move on, as am I.

We will foster again, and there will likely be two dogs in our family at some point. Lana is just not the one.

Foster dog Lana the Lab mix

Have you ever thought about adopting your foster dog?


Friday 27th of February 2015

I'm amazed by your self control; it would be so easy to just say 'yeah, we'll make it work' but being able to see that it's not a perfect match takes a lot of wisdom. Anyone can 'make it work' but being able to see down the line that it's not the best decision is important. I really don't know if I have that ability to think clearly when faced with something emotional. For some reason I ended up with a 6 month old Shepherd mix (Laika) after being denied my adoption application for a 6 year old Lab mix; I was upset and responded without thinking it through. Young dogs are such a pain lol. I hope her meeting on Sunday goes well; and I bet once she's adopted your other pets will feel a lot more relaxed.


Wednesday 25th of February 2015

What a hard decision, but it sounds like you made a good one. She's going to have a great life no matter what. We almost adopted a poodle we fostered about a year ago. In the end, it was finances that steered us against it. She needed major dental work and adding any pet is just going to increase cost. The family of a nice lady who works at my vet adopted her though, and I think it was the best arrangement for everyone involved.

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

So glad it worked out well for the poodle. You're right, Lana will have a great life too no matter what.


Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Awww, im sure you'll miss her but your doing the right thing by putting her needs (and your poor terrorised pets needs) first! :)

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Yes, I think she is too much puppy for my three "seniors." And me!

Rachel @ My Two Pitties

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

It must be a relief having made a decision. Taking Ace's and your cats best interests in mind is definitely something I would have done too. I'm sure she'll find find a great family!


Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Sounds like you're close to finding the right family for her, even if it's not yours.

Adding second (or more) dogs can be so much harder than the first, because you have to match to needs of existing residents. I'm glad your decision is one that works better for Ace. Maybe the next foster will be a better fit. :)