I read a post over at And Foster Makes Five about the commitment required when taking in a new dog. Through many inquiries about their current foster, Georgia (who is totally available for adoption if you think you’re her perfect family!), they have gotten the question “is there a trial adoption period?” She poses a really great question as to whether or not this is a good idea.
|Read more about Georgia here|
This got us to thinking: is it? While on the one hand it’s great to be able to ensure that a future pooch is a good fit for you and your family – and the reverse, that you are a good fit for the pooch! – there are some potential negative implications.
While I see the merit in either opinion, a trial adoption period could allow a potential adopter to back out of the commitment should things not be “perfect” in the first few weeks.
|Edi has come a long way since his "Manny" days.|
We started thinking of our first few weeks
in hell with Edison. They were miserable. There was absolutely nothing. fun. about them. We contemplated giving up on him and taking him back.
We didn’t though, because we had made a commitment to this lunatic of a dog when we signed his adoption paper. Whether or not it was explicitly written in the agreement (it wasn’t), when we signed the paper our signature meant that we would take this dog not only into our home, but also our hearts. That we would give this dog all the basic necessities...and some completely unnecessary extras.
When things weren’t perfect with Ed after the first few weeks (does this ever really happen?), we worked harder. We began reading anything we could get our hands on and trying any bit of advice out. And if it didn’t work? We’d nix it and move on to the next. We spent hours at obedience class, followed by hours working our skills at home, in the parks, and at the pet stores.
Through a lot of hard work, we started seeing progress. Now, he is a completely different dog than the one we adopted. Our bond with him has benefitted from
wanting to kill him the time put into him. This bond didn’t come quickly or easily. But it came, and it was so worth it!
Was it love at first sight for you? How did you know? Or did it take time to develop? If it didn't work out, how did you know it wasn't working?And Foster Makes Five is also sponsoring a fundraiser with a giveaway – 10 giveaways to be precise! You can see the loot already revealed here, here, here, here, here, and here (whew!). And remember, there are 4 more days worth of stuff coming up! For every $10 you donate, you will be entered to win one of these fabulous prizes! Your donation will go to help save dogs like Georgia and give them a chance at a new life.