An Adoption story (or should I say, Foster Fail) times 2
Crash & Tootsie Taylor found their forever home the moment their little paws hit Casa de Westbrook. It took foster dad a little while to catch on
but he really should have known something was up when Miss Tootsie was given a new name within the 1st week. Foster mom had big plans!
Crash-the-crazy required several nicknames to fit his multiple personalities. Part grass-chomping, moo-cow, part philosoraptor, with a bark that hits like a tuning fork to your very soul, his name fit his COMING THROUGH way of life. As we were working hard on all-things-manners, we noticed that Crash achieved BFF status with our two boys (both foster fails). There was no chance we could separate them, and Crash had already captured our hearts. But just when we thought we were ready to make it official, along came a sweet little Tootsie. It was 100% love at first sight, and foster mom started formulating the rescue ruse
It was easy to help foster dad fall in love, she wrapped him around her pretty little paws in a weekend! Her new name was more fitting, our lucky Pennie. Though she might be sweet as candy, we quickly realized she was definitely part Gremlin! Nope, this isn’t an adoption story filled with rainbows & sunshine…things went upside down and sideways after the sudden loss of one of our boys, Tank
Not only were we devastated, but Pennie, did not take the loss well. Her & Colossus became mortal enemies overnight, and threatened to tear the house & each other apart!
Good thing foster mom/dad aren’t the type to quit and give up when the going gets tough. Scheduling training sessions, learning management techniques for the times in between, and trying to keep from being eaten alive ourselves after discovering she becomes Cujo when overstimulated, took time. In truth, Happily Ever After doesn’t exist as a final destination just because pictures go up and the adoption contact is signed. It’s a lifelong journey. Sometimes a tough one with bumps and bruises along the way. But when you make a commitment, it means staying the course when surprises appear, and seeking out help as soon as its needed, not waiting till things get out of control. Pennie and Crash are two peas-in-a-pod, the silliest of pairs, our very own Beauty & the Beast. Only, personality wise, Pennie is the Beast in that equation. It took several months to get where we are now, and it will take consistent patience and effort to help everyone be successful long term. But every crazy, chaotic day is filled with unconditional love. I guess its fitting that we end up adopting the would-be misfits, they fit in nicely with our perfectly CRAZY family.
You may have noticed my eyes. Yes, they are a mess. One eye is dry and I have a cherry eye in the other. What you can’t see though are my heartworms. Yep. WORMS in my heart. I am heartworm positive. Nasty! Last, but not least, I don’t like kids. I don’t know why ~ I am just not kid-friendly. I don’t know if it’s because they can run fast, or they can be loud, or exactly what it is, but they make me super nervous.