Bixby Foster Doodle is leaving today on the first leg of his journey to his forever home. He will be transported to New England, where Liz Syring from the DRC will be fostering him for about 10 days until his wonderful new forever family comes back from vacation. The reason for this is two-fold...first - Bixby is so super attached to me and to Callie that we worried about the bond continuing to strengthen over time. Then, I loved having him around so much that I worried less about that (yes, I freaked out a little) and decided that I would keep him until his family was ready...and then it turned out that the transport won't be back through Atlanta until September and this plan is really the only workable one. Wah!
A little on the family...this is a mom with two daughters aged 10 and 12. They have two cats (who reportedly like dogs). They live in a neighborhood filled with dogs of various sizes and ages. The girls are dog-crazy...they walk the neighborhood dogs and every time the mom askes the 10 year old "Guess what?" the daughter responds "we're getting a dog?!?!". The mom saved this as a surprise for the daughters until they were home from camp. Once told about Bixby, they were over the moon! Bixby is wonderful with every child he has met and I genuinely wanted him to go to a home with kids. Bix met my neighbor's cat as a trial run, and it was fine (the cat wasn't super interactive with Bixby, but Bix didn't try to attack it or anything, so I call that a success!).
I've enjoyed having Bixby sooo much. All of my friends thought this would be the foster that I couldn't bear to see adopted out. In some ways, they are right. Bixby melded very well into our lives (our being me, Callie, and the neighborhood). I've been super sad all day. Bixby is a wonderful dog, and I feel completely happy and comfortable about his new family (and I know he'll have an amazing time with Liz and her crew in the interim!). That won't make me not miss him though!