The Perfect Foster to Adoption! 8-20-22

I took both dogs to Patriots For Pets today at 11:00 for a meet and greet. There were so many people there with appointments to meet specific dogs. Good thing I took both dogs because I misunderstood which dog the couple was interested in.

I thought they wanted the brindle dog but they fell in love with the black puppy. Meet Sydney and Ashton with their new puppy yet to be named.

These college kids live in Ames and go to school at ISU and DMAC. I can tell this foster puppy, Blackie as we called him, will have a wonderful life with them. I’ve never worked with either puppy on a leash but Ashton wants to run with Blackie so they’ll be training him for that fun activity.

It was not hard to let Blackie go today – I have no qualms about his care with Sydney and Ashton. In fact I know he’ll have a wonderful life.

The parking lot was full of prospective families waiting to meet their new dogs. Everybody was so happy except those who didn’t bring their dog or their dog’s vet records – both of which are required. All the dogs at Patriots For Pets are listed on a national register so adoptive families could be from anywhere.

People ask me how I can give them up? How can I not? Look how happy these two kids are with their new puppy! After these two guys are both adopted I’ll be looking for another foster to bring home. Foster homes are needed everywhere – with this success story, aren’t you maybe tempted to try fostering? I told Sydney and Ashton that all of my readers know these two puppies from the blog.

Reader quilts:

Meet Penny!

A few more puppy pictures for Ashton and Sydney to see!

Congratulations, Ashton and Sydney, on your new puppy!

35 thoughts on “

  1. Janet

    Those pups are so cute. Blackie will have a wonderful life running and living the college life.

  2. Sandy

    Hi Mary, good news for the pup! Let’s hope the other one goes to a happy active home. Back to the sorting out of boxes, overwhelmed by stuff! The rain has stopped finally, hope everyone is having a good day, best wishes from Sandy

  3. Sue H

    What a happy ending for Blackie. He’s going to make a wonderful addition to his new family. Lots of pretty quilts turned in too!

  4. Sheila in WI

    I always did like a happy ending. That pup is so lucky as are the young couple. Looks like a perfect match.
    Love all the reader quikts too.

  5. Jill Klop

    It’s awesome that the pup got a forever home. It’s so good that you foster. We adopted a 14 year old beagle last year through a Hound Rescue. I asked the foster if it’s hard to let them go. She admitted that she does usually have a cry, but she’s happy that they get a home. It also frees up another space for her to foster another dog in need.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jill – I didn’t cry today – Blackie was so lucky to get his new home!

  6. Carmen

    Happy for Blackie, but kind of sad for the other puppy. Hopefully next time will be his turn to be adopted!

  7. Pat Smith

    What a great blog today! So happy to see one of the puppies find a happy home in Ames and I hope the other one finds his forever home soon. I would love to foster puppies, but we live in 2 places and the logistics of it would be difficult to say the least. I used to be a volunteer with our animal shelter here in Vermont. We did a kitten foster—3 little white long haired cats with one little long haired black cat. I took them because all were already spoken for which meant that I wouldn’t be tempted to keep one for us. But, as luck would have it, we fell in love with the little black cat. The day before he was supposed to go home with his new owner, his home fell through. While I didn’t dare let my husband hear us (we already had 3 other cats) our daughter and I cheered. The little black cat was we named Angus, and he lived a long and happy life at our house.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat Smith – I LOVED the story of Angus! I almost hate visiting the shelter – I want all of them so I don’t visit in person very often. Having two households would be impossible to foster, I agree.

  8. Susan K in Texas

    Yay for puppy adoption news! That couple is so cute with the puppy.
    Hopefully the second puppy will be adopted soon.
    Great projects once again and a cute little Penny to show off quilts.

  9. Rosie Westerhold

    Such a happy, happy day for Blackie🙌🙌🙌❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰!! You done good, Mary☺️☺️☺️. Hope the other puppy finds a forever home soon. I would LOVE to adopt him, but 2 is about my limit financially right now. Big sigh.

    Love all the quilt pics, as well.Especially the one from Jaybird in Ohio. STUNNING👏👏👏👍👍👍. Love the green and purple. I may have to, ahem, BORROW that idea to use some of beloved purple scraps.

  10. Bonnie McKee

    What a lovely young couple! Blackie is very lucky and Mary, you are a champ! ❤️
    Love the reader quilts, and Penny!
    Bonnie, in Oregon

  11. Deb in Idaho

    Good news on the puppy. I’m not physically able to foster but am thankful to people who do. It’s still super hot here with on rain in sight. I love looking at the quilts.

  12. Charlotte Shira

    So glad that Blackie was adopted! The other one will be adopted soon. He has such pretty markings. Great quilts today too. I really like the fabric in the bag. Great job everyone.

  13. Jo in Wyoming

    Yea for Blackie, Ashton and Sydney. They have a complete home now. Stories like this remind me of the day we brought home all 5 of our golden retriever rescues. Those are wonderful days.
    I think Becky loves them as much as you.
    Great quilts today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – wait a minute – you had 5 goldens at the same time? Please tell me about this!

  14. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    How exciting to have one puppy adopted! Good job, Mary.
    Penny is adorable; we have a Corgi grand dog, Stella, who has a similar look.
    I, too, really like the purple and green quilt. Thanks for the blog. 🥰

  15. Sue in Oregon

    What a wonderful success story, Mary. Congrats to you, Blackie, Ashton and Sydney.

  16. Jeanne in Co.

    Mary, the young couple look so happy with their new puppy. Maybe when their college friends in Ames see their joy, one of them might give you a call to adopt the other one. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? The puppies could be near to each other again and be able to romp with each other just like they did at your house. Let’s pray that happens.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne in CO – wouldn’t that be wonderful? The BEST outcome for these puppies!

  17. Amy Kollasch

    Yay! I am so happy that he found a new forever home! They truly do look like a wonderful fit for him!

  18. Linda Schluchter

    That’s wonderful! Blackie will be so loved by those two cute kids and it sounds like Ashton has enough energy to keep Blackie busy, Thank you for fostering, loving them until they find furever homes. Hopefully long ears will be adopted soon.

  19. KathyG

    Isn’t fostering fun?! My son fosters cats and last month he got a litter of 5 kittens. One was all black and beautiful. He drove from his home in Denver all the way to Wisconsin so I could adopt her. She is athletic, a bit of a diva and so full of energy that I just had to name her Peyton Meowning. Thank you for all you do.

  20. Launa

    Congratulations to new happy adopted dog owners! Nice to meet them n also view new quilts!
    Haven’t had one here for over 5 years, but Pepper barked at a Skunk last night! Must be here avoiding fires? We don’t feed anything outside so hope it goes elsewhere soon!

  21. Daine in Maryland

    I always love reading the blog and the comments. This post was a wonderful story! So happy for the couple and the puppy. He was probably exhausted from all the love he got and slept soundly! I will continue to say prayers for the other to have his forever home soon. Love seeing the quilts that you and the readers make!

  22. Tanya T. in Houston

    Happy dogs!

    We have so enjoyed watching the Little Leaguers on tv. Pearland, Texas and Davenport, Iowa are our favorites!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – the brindle is still here with me until someone adopts him.

  23. Debbie G in SE WI

    Stories with happy endings are my favorites, Mary! You gave a heart of gold!!

  24. Stef

    Hi Mary, so glad you’re feeling better🥰. I keep thinking of a name for your puppy. One might be Patriot since that’s where he’s from and it’s near and dear to your heart. I started thinking of the faith he must have had, every day knowing the perfect person would give him his forever home. So I looked up boys names that mean faith. Here are a few I found. Titus assigned by Paul in the Bible to collect for the poor. Truman meaning the faithful one. And finally Dillon meaning a ray of hope. Just thought I’d throw those out there. He found his angel here on earth. Bless you Mary❣️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Stef – such good ideas!! You can’t imagine how badly I feel knowing they languished in the shelter from the end of June to mid August and I did not know. Supposedly they all had adoption appointments which ultimately fell through and nobody called me. I will make it up to him.

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