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Aaron’s Journey

T-4 hours. Aaron arrives…..

Aaron came to us from Darlington, South Carolina, where he was slated for euthanization. He was an extremely shy dog when he arrived in late July, 2010 and he has made stunning progress since that time. As so often happens with puppies, some very basic needs were probably missing in his early life and perhaps

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It’s all about the eyes…

Day number 1 with Aaron. The early morning drive to White River Junction, VT is uneventful, yet I won’t soon forget the completely scared-out-of-his-wits dog we encountered at around 5:30 a.m.  A few folks are standing around with their new “love-of-their-life” rescues, cradling them gently in their arms.  Hmm. Not us. We’re here to pick

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Damaged but not checked out. Day 2

And, really, I wasn’t sure. Here are a few pics. His colors are stunning… beautiful golds and browns and some washed out, scruffy Shepherd colors. @barrie says Aaron’s eyes are HERDING dog eyes. Okay. I’ll go with that. One thing I know is, his eyes are difficult to read. Many of us thought, initially, that

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Falling in love with the process

It is a beautiful summer evening in New Hampshire and John and I are sipping wine and listening to the rippling water of our garden pond. “I want to foster a dog,” I say, hesitantly. A bullfrog croaks. Then silence. A second bullfrog answers. More silence. Deafening silence. “I’ve tried to figure a way NOT

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Ummm…About that harness…

Well, there you have it. I thought it would be a grand idea to get you into a harness, Aaron. Geez. It wasn’t so bad getting that harness over your head, even. You’re getting pretty darn comfortable with that constant exchange of food for a gentle touch. Really, those front legs went right through the

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The hardest part…

There is no chance that I’m thinking of writing a book about all the things I’ve learned so far as foster parent to a wayward dog from South Carolina. No way. It’s absolutely not necessary and besides, there are already wonderful books on the topic. And, it’s not a good use of my time. I’m

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Helping him find his inner dog…

I sure wish I could say that I subscribe to and uphold a daily practice of yoga and meditation. Oh, how I admire those who can, and do. Certainly, Downward Facing Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana, has it’s health benefits, not the least of which is building strength and flexibility in the upper arms, shoulders, calves,

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The girl with the harlequin mask

Janie, last August, 2009 The only one in the house who might not have a clear sense of what’s going on at the home for wayward dogs is Jane. In fact, she’s quite a vagrant herself. She’s a foster dog, too, in a sense, a foster-gone-bad… if only loosely defined. Jane belonged to Kim, my

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The non-negotiables…

few days ago, I was lamenting to my friend and colleague, Barrie Lynn, @barrie, about this fostering pilgrimage we signed up for. “Sometimes I feel like we’ll never get there, Barrie, He’s still so…still so…timid!” I said. “How long is this going to take?” And Barrie, who is really my personal “Wilson on the other

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It could have gone horribly wrong…

have been quite delighted and rather amazed with the response I’ve received from folks who are following this journey with Aaron Foster. I am grateful for your kind support, the many times you’ve said “Atta boy, Aaron,” or “You go girl, Mary Doane.” I’m deeply thankful for your willingness to share your thoughts, your ideas,

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