Back on Campus
It has been a pretty busy few weeks as I was preparing to move back to school and begin the new semester. I was back at my parent's house for most of the summer, but I was back at my previous house at school for the past week. I was back for work training and then my first few shifts at the Campus Information Desk. This past weekend, I moved into my new apartment that I will be sharing with two other friends. It has been exhausting decorating everything, but I love seeing everything come together!
One of the best things about the new apartment is that dogs are allowed! My friend's dog, Aspen, is living here with us this year alongside Theo and one of the ADEPT dogs! I am still waiting to hear who my dog and human team members will be for the internship this year, but I will hopefully be making a post about that soon.
Last week, Theo and I took a trip to visit my friend Hannah and got to enjoy some lovely outdoor seating and good conversation. We also took one of the puppies from the rescue Hannah volunteers with to the vet which was super fun. The puppy is named Pepsi and is only 4-6 weeks old, so I got to bottle feed him on the drive over.
Today, I picked up my textbooks and continued decorating the apartment a bit but mostly just enjoyed a nice chill day before the craziness of the semester begins! I decided to take 20 credits this semester (the normal maximum number is 18), so I will be plenty busy. Tonight, Theo and I are just going to hang out and probably go to sleep early, so we can get up bright and early tomorrow morning! Until next time, stay pawsome!
Fostering - Meet Cookie!
This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to foster a super sweet dog named Cookie! I was not planning on fostering a dog this summer, but the rescue I work with reached out and asked if I would be interested in taking her in. I, of course, said yes (with the approval of my parents, as I am currently staying at their place - thanks mom and dad!). The rescue believes Cookie is 13+ years old, so she definitely qualifies as an old lady.
I picked Cookie up after a long transport to Wisconsin on Thursday afternoon, and we had the chance to get to know each other a little bit better. I gave her a bath since she was a little bit smelly and dirty after such a long trip. She wasn't the biggest fan of her bath, but I think she felt a lot better afterward. I made her a nice little nest out of a bed and some blankets since she seemed a bit chilly while she was drying. She ended up falling asleep and didn't move until dinnertime! It was a long day for her. After dinner, we watched a movie and just hung out and let her rest for a while again. She wasn't steady enough on her feet to handle going up and down stairs, so I carried her (and her blanket nest) up to my room at bedtime.
The next morning, Cookie started to show a little more personality and spent some time exploring the main level and following me around the house. She got acclimated with Theo and Percy (she mostly just ignored them) and spent some time hanging out in the sun on the patio. Over the next few days, I got to see her perk up and noticed more and more of her personality and eventually even got to see her try to play with Theo briefly and see her run around the backyard!
On Monday, a couple adopted Cookie making her the shortest term foster I've ever had (with the exception of a couple short-term respite foster dogs). They had two other older dogs (one was nine and the other was twelve I believe), and the three of them got along super well. Even though I only knew her for a short period of time, Cookie definitely stole my heart with her sweet, easygoing personality. I am so happy I got to be a part of her journey, and I was thrilled to see her go to such an amazing family! Fostering (or adopting) an older dog is so rewarding, as they are commonly overlooked in favor of puppies, so I was honored to be a small part of Cookie's story!
Until next time, stay pawsome!
Intern with ADEPT (Assistance Dog Education Program and Training). Dog mom. Creative Writing major. Wannabe author. YouTube creator.