Today is the 30th day for fostering Dooley and I feel a heavy weight on my chest. I hadn't heard anything from the rescue group in Wichita, Kansas, since the 22nd of August -- until 3 days ago. Actually, by that time I was hoping they had forgotten all about Dooley!

I also heard from another rescue/adoption group in Texas inquiring about both Frankie and Dooley on the same day.

My heart sank, I went into a deep fog, and couldn't -- and still can't -- catch my breath -- WHAT?! I thought to myself. I can't make a decision now -- I can't take one to Wichita and one to Texas -- I can't split up the trio, they're buddies -- they keep each other company while I'm at work -- they sleep, eat, and play together -- they live for the walks in the park where they can run free, chase rabbits, bring back the balls I throw, or just go off into the canyon in search of something stinky to roll in.

How is Topaz going to be all by herself, I asked? She loves her brothers, how could I do that to her?

I know a lot of people say they have a big backyard where either, any, or all of them could have fun. But, gosh, do they really have as big a backyard as these boys are used to being in -- 60 acres? I think not. Yes, the park across the street is their haven and it's approximately 60 acres of doggie delight!

So, I made up my mind and made a decision.

The decision is not to make a decision right now.

Boy, that was the best decision I've made in my life!

Thankfully, I got emails from both of the groups, one telling me she's overwhelmed with Corgis right now -- lost a foster home and had to take in those dogs. And the other is getting in a Corgi with kennel cough.

So, being the logistical one that I am -- haha! -- not emotional, I simply did an email in response telling them both at the same time that Frankie and Dooley are safe and happy here and there is no rush on taking them anywhere.

Now, the problem is, according to Oklahoma law, 30 days is ownership. So which state law prevails, Kansas's, with the "sign-out" sheet? That can easily be fixed as "adoption" instead of "rescue/foster." Or, Oklahoma's, with 30 days?

Either way, my heart is telling me that Topaz, Frankie, Dooley, and I are happy as one family right now, and nothing could be better!

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Comment by Alyssa & Chris W. on September 19, 2009 at 7:07pm
Everything happens for a reason and maybe Dooley came into your life for a very significant reason. Maybe he's meant to be yours. You had said in one of your previous posts that there may be a family who lost him and might be searching for him and that you wouldn't want to keep him from them. That could be true, but also it may not be. Maybe you came into his life when he really needed someone to fulfill his and help guide him and reach his full potential. He sounds like he has really made a home with you and Topaz and Frankie and also by the sounds of things, it seems like there is no other place he would rather be.
Comment by DR, Nala & Simon on September 18, 2009 at 11:28am
I secretly hope that they can stay together with you. But, if not that somebody that really loves them can have them. (And that they move close by to you so they all can play together in the weekends.) ;P Take care, wish you all the best. BTW Thanks for doing such a great job, they all look beautiful and very happy.
Comment by Avyon on September 18, 2009 at 11:02am
I know for your own heart you will make the right decision. On one hand these little guys have found a great home and a wonderful person to take them in. On another by giving them to loving homes you make room to take in more needy pups who are still out there waiting for the same chance.

But nobody but you can know what your heart is telling you. Its a double edged sword and either way something good will happen :)
Comment by Wendt Worth Corgi's on September 18, 2009 at 9:44am
I think in your heart you will know when the right home comes along..something will click and you'll be okay with it, you'll be sad to see them go but you'll be content with it. Like you said, no rush. With all your property I doubt you will have issues on the legal stuff unless someone files a complaint. Take care of them and enjoy them and wish you the best of luck.
Comment by Libby and Dyddy!! on September 18, 2009 at 9:07am
Happy corgis!! Especially if your 4-legged family is already so comfortable with each other, I'd keep them together. What a beautiful Fluff by the way!!
Comment by Bev Levy on September 18, 2009 at 8:14am
I don't know anything about the legal stuff but I am no longer fostering cats since a pair named Cheech and Chong decided they really should stay at my house! Sounds like you may have to follow your heart.
Comment by Jane Christensen on September 17, 2009 at 9:24pm
They look so healthy and happy and I think that's because you are their forever place to be! I'd say keep them!!!!
Comment by Geri & Sidney on September 17, 2009 at 8:21pm
They look so happy in that picture :)
Comment by Nicola Porter on September 17, 2009 at 8:08pm
aaww Deana I am so happy for you, sounds like a decision has been made and it makes us all smile.
Comment by Beth on September 17, 2009 at 7:40pm
Aawwww, I say keep 'em all! We live near a big park too, with a stream and everything, and it more than makes up for not having a fenced back yard. It's doggie heaven!

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