There is a foster dog named Oreo, on Corbin's blog that for some reason has touched my heart. I don't know if it is the name or the jet black fur or if I just see something special about her on my computer screen. I was almost sad to see that she had found a new furever home. If I wasn't tapped out in my own home, I might have scooped her up. Something didn't work out and she came back to stay with Corbin. While I was glad she was safe, I found myself wondering, what is Oreo thinking about the situation? Wanted and unwanted. An all too familiar cycle in fosters dogs.
When I saw that Oreo was back, it truly broke my heart. Oreo isn't the only story I've read, there are plenty of others and they too have had me wondering the same thing. How do dogs feel being bounced back and forth between people and homes? What do they think about shifting from place to place? How do they handle being loved, wanted and needed and then not. Turned off like a switch. And for some foster dogs it happens countless times. Over and over. Do you think they ever give up hope?
Yes, I could easily rant about people that return adopted dogs at their convenience and those that are not willing to take on the responsibility of owning a dog, but the question burning in my mind is... What do dogs think about being "returnable?"