Every time I foster a dog, there's a little bit of agony along with all the joy.
I usually have some time to get to know the adopters, and in the vast majority of cases my foster dogs have gone to what I now know are outstanding homes.
But still there's the feeling that I'm abandoning them just when they've begun to feel some stability and confidence, and it wrenches me to say goodbye and wonder if they'll be as happy.
With Sky, it was somehow more wrenching than usual. From that first day when she rode home in my lap, she always wanted to be glued right to me. How could I betray that love?
A solution began to take shape in my mind when Sky and my niece hit it off.
Once I saw that, I brought Sky over to visit at my sister's house as often as possible
and my niece and I worked together to help my sister see the inevitable.
Ultimately, we triumphed. My sister fell in love just as completely as everyone else who has come into contact with Sky. She adopted her and her name is now Princess.
I think I'll call her Sky Princess, which sounds like a sci fi character or a constellation that spans numerous galaxies.
Fitting for a creature with such an outsized impact.
There will be a lot more scenes like this in our future.
Congratulations Sky Princess! I am so glad you'll be smothered with love, and that I get to participate in your continued smothering.