|Car ride to meet Courtney|
There was another dog at the garden, she was quite a bit bigger than Leon and he was perfectly behaved. They sniffed around and he was very happy and excited but didn't do anything aggravating. A little boy also came up to him and he let the little boy pet him without jumping on him. Had he jumped on him, he would have knocked the poor guy over. But he didn't. Courtney also asked him to sit and he did.
|My favorite artwork in the City Garden|
As I walked away, of course, I shed a few tears. JTK informed me that I need to learn to handle these situations better. I don't think that's ever going to happen. It hurts every time I have to say goodbye, but I have the knowledge this little soul is going on to a wonderful home and if I hadn't stepped in, they would likely not even be alive. That's such a satisfying feeling ... but I don't think it will ever stop being bittersweet.
Now I am down to only one foster ... TRex. I took him to PetCo for a couple of hours today but I was so overwhelmed by the noise and activity. Honestly, I'm to the point I can't bear these events. I'm sure it didn't help that I was feeling a little sad. Right now I'm deciding whether to take in a new foster. I know what will happen ... I'll hold off and then I'll see an email of a dog in danger of being put to sleep and I'll volunteer to take them. It's hard fostering, in so many ways. But the alternative to not fostering is knowing a dog I might have been able to help doesn't get another chance. I have a few more tears to shed about Leon's absence and then I'll be ready to lose another little piece of my heart.
|Happy Family - Courtney and Leon|