And just like that, Stormy is on her way to her new home with her new, adopted family!  With three kids and an older sister to play with, I couldn’t be happier for her.  Her parents were also SO sweet and, I knew right away, they are such dog lovers, especially pit bulls!  Her new name is now Daizy, how cute is that?!  They plan to call her “Daze” for short they said.  When they put on her new bright pink collar, leash and name tag I about died.  They even asked me to take a family photo and my heart about melted onto the floor.  It was #familygoals for sure!  But the best part?  Both of her parents are home all day too!  She truly is a “Lucky Dog,” pun intended!

Of course, I asked Daizy’s new parents if we could exchange information to keep me updated on how she’s doing.  They said yes and even said we can go visit her whenever we want!  It was so sweet of them to offer and I totally plan on taking them up on it.  She was my first puppy foster and I’m just dying to know who she’s going to grow up to be, you know?  I wonder how big she’ll get and what she’s going to look like.  I know she’s going to be such an awesome dog and will be loved so much by her new family.

Being a part of the adoption process like this, for two dogs now, has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  Choli was special because he was my first and I thought I was going to keep him.  He fit right in with our family and, at 5 years old, I really wanted to rescue him from the hard life he’d had before (He came all the way from Puerto Rico!).  Ultimately I had to let him go but I know he was in my life for a reason.  He showed me I could handle fostering and how much joy it would bring me.  He also taught me not to get attached to my future fosters, haha!  An important lesson that had to be learned somehow, right?

Right when Daizy (Stormy) left my apartment today I definitely cried, but not entirely sad tears this time!  Of course, a few of them were because I will miss having her around, she was the sweetest little girl.  But most of them were pure happiness that I was able to be a part of finding her such a good home.  And seeing how happy the new family was to have her.  Looking back, I can’t believe the journey she’s been on.  She came all the way from a shelter in South Carolina, running from a devastating hurricane, in a van that broke down on the side of the highway, that was filled with over forty other dogs and cats in need of homes, to meet me at almost midnight on a Wednesday night, journey off to an adoption event on Sunday, and go home to her new, loving home by Tuesday.  It’s thanks to so many people that she and so many other dogs are able to have these lucky moments.

I put together a little video about Stormy, I hope you enjoy it!

Fostering has been a rewarding, but definitely emotional process.  I never thought I would have room in my schedule to take something else on like this, but I’m addicted.  Even though I know it’s going to be hard at times.  I’ve always wanted to help in some way, but I just didn’t know how to until fostering with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.  I truly commend anyone who works full time with a rescue.  I can only imagine what they’ve seen along the way and what an emotional roller coaster it can be at times.

What’s also crazy about all of this is right after Daizy left I checked my email and in there was a new email from Lucky Dog.  There is another emergency transport, just like Daizy’s, from South Carolina arriving on Saturday.  Most of the fosters in SC only have outdoor fostering areas so with flooding that is not going to work for puppies.  So far, there are 18 puppies on that list that will now need fosters, and more to come.  To be honest – It can feel kind of defeating, that there are always going to be thousands of animals who need rescuing.  It feels like it will never end, and it probably won’t.  But I’ve realized every little bit that so many people give is what makes it all work.  And I’m so excited to be a part of that!  So, yes, I replied and will be volunteering again. 🙂


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Thank you for following along!  More “Pupdates” to come!

xx, Natalie


1 Comment

  1. September 20, 2018 / 3:20 am

    Such a sweetie!! One of my friends fosters Australian native animals, she had to do some training in how to care for them and it is so cool! You never know what she will have!
    Such a lovely idea. I’ve never had a dog or cat, it’d be so new!
    Jenelle |

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