Radar has found his forever home!
From his foster mom, Vicki, “We have some amazing news to share. After a much needed vacation at the beach where we talked and looked over applications Radar decided on his forever home. He chose Mallory and Chad as his new forever parents and to be honest I think the deciding factor was the two human siblings he is going to have. He played and chased them during their meet and greet and decided they were much more fun than another canine sibling.
I think Radar is going to thrive as an only dog but get so much exercise with two energetic boys to play with, one who calls himself the dog whisperer and clearly they both are because Radar warmed up to them within 30 minutes which even to me was shocking!
Radar and I had a long talk and I explained to him that this was always going to be his home even though he is leaving. Radar was my biggest challenge yet as a foster and one that had me rethinking what I was doing to my own dogs but after a week things turned around and Radar grew to trust me and turned out to be the best GSP I have. I love this boy so much and my heart is breaking knowing my last hug, my last snuggle, my last happy dance, my last I love you and goodnight is today. Radar has stolen my heart and after the beach trip and seeing all three of my dogs play with him and love him reassured me that fostering this breed is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Seeing a troubled dog like Radar transform into a handsome, well mannered, lovable dog that steals the hearts of all is the most rewarding thing anyone could ever witness and if that doesn’t make you want to foster nothing will. I cried for a week when I got him because my heart broke hearing his screams and his cries because of his anxiety and confusion as to how he ended up where he was and now I’ll cry for a week when he leaves because he is taking my heart with him to his new home. I know he will have so much fun on his new 25 acres of land, going to the beach and lake with his new family, riding on the atvs and going kayaking, playing with his new siblings and hanging out at the hunting cabin with his new dad. They are an active family with so much love to give so I know he is going to be very happy and is going to be right where he belongs. My biggest struggle while I headed to meet his new family was how do I make a dog understand that I’m not just another human that is abandoning him, giving up on him or giving him away. I thought the answer was you don’t, you talk to them like they are your child and hope and pray that they understand that you were just a stepping stone to a happier wonderful life but that you will always love them and they always have a place in your home if they need it. Today Radar showed me they do understand. Radar has never been a kisser or licker, not once has he ever tried to kiss me, he doesn’t lick your hand when it has something on it, not even peanut butter. I always had to put it in a bowl for him and he never would take anything out of your hand until you dropped it. Today as he was hugging me goodbye he licked me right across the face as if he was letting me know he understood and that it was ok because he liked this family and was excited to start his new forever life. With just one kiss he released me from my guilt of leaving him
and washed away all my worry because at that point I knew he was going to be just fine!
You are a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and your new family is now the richest they will ever be. Here’s to the future you have always deserved Radar, may you thrive and be the best dog you can be. I will always hold you in my heart as I hope you will always hold me in yours. “
Vicki, thank you for helping so many rescue dogs & congratulation’s to Chad & Mallory. Welcome to forever, Radar.