Thursday, June 30, 2011

Little Brown Eyes Looking Up–Kip

If you know me or have been reading my blog this past month, you know how I feel about homeless animals. If not, go check out this post from a few weeks ago. You may even know about Kip, a sweet little terrier mix that I was able to foster. If you don’t know about Kip, go here first.

We fostered Kip one Saturday night from an amazing adoption center up in Park City known as Furburbia. Furburbia is the adoption center where rescued dogs and cats stay during the day then, at night, they are all loaded into the van and taken to a ranch, only to go back to Furburbia the next day. We hadn’t been planning on it but when we took Bronson back to the center after fostering him Friday night, a lady who worked there asked us if we’d be able to foster Saturday night as well. Bronson was a great dog, but had a weird relationship with our kitty, Stella. He was very giddy when she was around and liked to get in her face. Stella was just interested in letting this guy know that this was HER house by hissing repeatedly. Lovely. So, we figured we should see if a smaller dog was better for her. That’s where Kip comes in.

The little guy was sitting in a crate with a chihuahua named Clyde (gotta love these names, right?) and my husband suggested we take him out. Seriously? A little white dog with fluffy ears and an even fluffier tail? I mean, I can understand that he doesn’t like little “rat dogs” as he likes to call them, but I thought he would want to take out a Min-Pin or something. Guess not. So, we took out Kip and he was a doll. He had lots of energy and would jump up to put his paws on my knee. We decided we’d foster him for the night and came back a few hours later to get him.

Kip sat on my lap for {most of} the car ride home. I’m sure he would love to stick his head out the window but as soon as we cracked the window to see, he not only put his head out, but started to put his paws out as well. Not happenin’. He climbed back in the backseat to investigate and took a little nap. Then, before I knew it, a little nose was poking my arm trying to figure out how to get back on my lap.

He got along very well with our Stella girl. He was curious about her but only for a few seconds, then it was on to investigate the house and find a nice bed to snuggle up on! Kip was SUCH a snuggler. He snuggled…

Kippy on the Bed

And snuggled…

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Kip loved car rides. He loved looking out the window…

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But really, he just wanted to snuggle! Kip snuggled in the bed in the car…

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He snuggled on the passenger’s side on the ground where he could catch some shade…

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He snuggled with my arm as I drove…

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He snuggled on my lap as SOON as we got in the car {and before I started to drive – don’t worry!}

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He even liked to snuggle between the front console of my car!

Kip Collage

We watched Kip on Saturday night and when we took him back Sunday morning, we were asked if we could foster again that night through Tuesday morning since they’re closed on Monday. They really needed fosters and we really loved Kip, so we had Kip those two nights as well. As I ventured up to Park City Tuesday morning for, what I thought would be, our last trip, they asked if we could take him that night too since they just got a litter of puppies in and didn’t have room again. “Of course” was my answer :)

However, the day before, we had noticed how sick Kippy was feeling. He had a very runny nose and was coughing. Wiping a kid’s nose is one thing, but have you ever wiped a dog’s nose too? I definitely felt like he was my child. The adoption center gave us some meds to give him. Whew! Don’t worry, although he was a little out of it… Kip still loved to snuggle…

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And even snuggled upside-down on newly-washed laundry…

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Stella started getting used to having a fluffy buddy there with her each night and the two started snuggling together which just warmed my heart…

Kip & Stella

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Kip & Stella

Kip even went to find her in her “nook” in the closet and snuggled up right with her. How precious!!!!

Kip & Stella

In just four days, they became buddies and Kip became my little man. However, I knew we were only fostering him. He was sick and needed to go back to the shelter to 1) be able to be taken into a vet if needed and 2) to find his FOREVER HOME! I wish more than anything we could adopt him and welcome him into our home for a very long time.

It was very difficult for me once we took Mr. Kip back to Furburbia. I knew he was a very sweet dog and would be able to find his new family but it still broke my heart. I was going to miss waking up to seeing him asleep on my leg. I was going to miss him walking all around my car while I was driving. I was going to miss his little short legs scurrying across the kitchen floor. I was going to miss having him stop on the way up the stairs from a walk because he wanted me to carry him.

I do miss all those things. I miss the little guy.

I have been keeping up with the adoption center and it looks like Kip still hasn’t been adopted while the other two dogs that were in his crate with him have been adopted. It makes me sad. It truly tugs at my heart. Kip has such a special little spirit and deserves a loving, permanent home.

Fostering is a beautiful thing. There are opportunities to foster litters of baby kittens, injured dogs that need rehabilitation, or just a cat or dog that needs somewhere warm to snuggle at night. The opportunities are out there and fosters are in high demand. Even if you can’t foster for a prolonged period of time {like us} try it just for a night. You’ll be helping out a shelter and helping an animal more than you know.

I pray that Kip is feeling better and warming the hearts of others just like he warmed mine :)

I love that little guy with the soft, floppy ears and cutest little trot. I miss my little Kippy. I miss those brown eyes looking up…

12 comments:

Ashlyn said...

kip is so freakin' cute! no wonder you fell in love with him :] -- im sure you miss him tons but what an experience to be able to give him quality time that he doesn't get on a regular basis -- so awesome girl!

Alivia said...

Oh dear, I wish I could take him! Too cute...I love the one of your kitty and Kip together!

Laura said...

I don't know how you were able to give him back. You can send him this way!

Megan said...

Oh my gosh, I would never be able to take him back! He's so cute!! My mom and sister foster and save dogs...to the extreme. My mom now has 12 dogs. Haha. It's crazy over at her house!

Ashley Slater said...

oh my........adopt him! adopt him! stella says to adopt him too! :)

so sweet that you foster!

Kinsey Michaels said...

aww that must have been the hardest thing to do :( is there any way you can foster him? it looked like he fit right in with you and stella!

Lindsay said...

Just found your blog!

How were you ever able to bring him back?? Oh my gosh you definitely need to adopt him!

Torie said...

Ahh! Kip! I'm lovin that little dog, he's so adorable! I hope he finds a loving home very soon! I'm also loving your love for animals.

I'm very glad I found your blog!

Hollie Ann said...

what a sweet dog! i love the little kitty too :)

MellyB said...

I want Kip! I want him right now! I hope that sweet pup finds a family ASAP. Because I love him.

MaviDeniz said...

aww your dog is so cute!


Xo

Autumn said...

This made me so pet hungry- seriously. We'll have to wait until we are out of apartments haha :)