Emotional Rollercoasters

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to Thursday! It has been…a week.

We really love Mouse. And we made the hard decision on Monday that we’re going to continue to foster her rather than adopt, because we feel like she deserves a forever home that’s not in a place that makes her panic the moment she sets foot out the door. It wasn’t easy to admit that we’re not the perfect fit for her. I’m pretty sad about it, but there’s also a sense of relief in knowing we’ve made a decision. I knit her a sweater over the weekend that she’ll get to bring with her to her forever home. She’ll stay with us until she finds her forever, or until August when we leave for Song School.

Work continues to be kind of bananas, and my allergies have been pretty bad this week. Neither of those things have helped my mood at all, but it is what it is.

On the happier side of things, it’s my birthday on Saturday, which is wild. I don’t know how it’s already June, but here we are. I am generally pretty ambivalent toward my birthday (grateful to have made it to another one, but not terribly concerned about the numbers), but I’m hoping for a reasonably chill weekend of celebrations with loved ones.

Anyway, I think that’s enough for today. I’ll leave you, as always, with doggo content:

Exciting Developments

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to Thursday! It has been another bananas week at work, and at home, there have been some exciting and routine-shifting developments.

A bit after I posted last week’s blog, we heard back from the rescue with their suggestions for dogs that might fit well with Nova from the list we had sent them. One of them was arriving on a transport from an Oklahoma shelter on Saturday. They don’t allow adoptions straight off of transport, but they offered to set us up as a foster-to-adopt. We said yes:

The rescue called her Lady Luck; the shelter in Oklahoma had her down as ZeeZee. She responds to neither of those names, so we’ve taken to calling her Mouse, because she is just a wee country mouse who’s landed herself in the city.

It has been, and will continue to be, an adjustment for everyone. Nova’s not quite sure how she feels about the situation yet. There’s been some grumbling and barking on her part. We’ve kept them mostly separated in the apartment so far, since Mouse is still decompressing from her shelter journey. Mouse is also terrified of the city noises – we got her a Thundershirt, which helps, but when we take her outside, our only hope of getting her to relax enough to do her business is if Nova’s with us, too, as Nova’s presence outside seems to make her quite a bit braver (though she still trembles quite a bit). So far she’s only eaten if we hand feed her, although we’re hoping as she gets more comfortable and her appetite increases that will be less of a need.

We requested an extension on the initial 5-day foster period before finalizing adoption, because we want to make absolutely sure she’s the right fit, so we now have until Tuesday to decide if we want to make this permanent or if we’re just going to keep fostering until she finds a different forever family. We really love her, though – she’s very sweet, and her little nub of a docked tail wags her whole body when she’s excited.

Work is calling, so without further ado, here are some doggo photos from this week: