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I'm posting to vent some.....

Bailey, my foster beagle for over 5 months has finally gotten genuine interest from a very nice couple. It's a bittersweet feeling.

We had originally agreed to foster Bailey on a trial run basis to possibly adopt him. We had only had Ruby a little over 5 months - our first beagle (and first dog ever). I was enjoying Ru so much that I immediately thought about having a set. Unfortunately, Bailey proved to be more of a challenge than Ru. He's the gentlest beagle you'd ever meet. He just lays around, and sometimes plays with Ru. But he had a severe anxiety peeing issue that drove us nuts. And he also would lift his leg in the house a good deal. We lucked out with Ru, as she came house trained, and was much more well adjusted than Bailey. Bailey was a stray, and we think that he must have had hard past, to make him so easily scared of people that he would lose bladder (and sometimes bowel) control so easily. Two months in, we decided to just foster him until he found a new home.

Now - flash forward 3 more months. Over the past few weeks, he's really started to show that he's settling in. Very little accidents (mostly just from occasional anxiety), and he paces at the door with Ruby when it's time to go out, and sometimes by himself if he wants to go out! And he goes up to bed with Ru when we say time for bed. And, it's hard to explain, but he just seems like he's settling in by how comfortable he's been looking, and how much he seems to turn to us. He hates leaving Ruby when I take him somewhere without her. I have to admit I didn't realize how much I was going to miss him until last night when I got the email back from the interested party, confirming their interest. It started to seem final. I started to feel bad that I was going to uproot him again, now that he was feeling so settled and happy. I guess he'll get that way again eventually in his new home. I had a good cry about it last night, so I'm hoping it's mostly out of my system for when it's time to say goodbye. I just hope I don't regret not keeping him, since it was our plan in the beginning.

We had other practical reasons for deciding to go back to one dog - the cost, the cleanup in the house and back yard, and worrying about not giving Ru enough attention, after being an only child for only 4 months. But Bailey is so sweet and gentle, and has gotten so close to us, especially Ernie. He lays on Ernie's belly every night on the couch. He even pulls to stay with Ru when I take him somewhere without her.

I don't know where I'm going with this. Just venting my thoughts. We will miss him dearly. But after meeting them, I can't think of a better set of people for him to live with. That, of course, doesn't make us miss him any less.
 

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He is a sweet looking Beagle. Thanks for fostering him. Rest easy knowing you did the right thing and he will have a happy life because of your sacrifice on his behalf.
 

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I can imagine what you must be feeling right now, but you did a wonderful thing for Bailey by finding what sounds to be a great new home.
 

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What a good beagle parent you are -- I am certain that, if your instincts tell you that the new home is the right one for Bailey, he will adjust without major difficulties. He now knows what it is like to be in a loving home so you have given him a great gift!
 

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You have done well. Fostering must be very hard I couldnt do it.
Rest assured that Bailey is now going to his forever home.
 

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I know what your going through..sort of. Daisy had pups 2 years ago and letting them go was probably the most heart wrenching thing I've been through, my husband could not even be in the room when I handed them off to their new owners because he couldn't stomach the sadness on my face. It was like giving my own children away. I still think of them often but have to believe the people who took them are loving them the way I love mine. You did a wonderful thing by taking him in and giving him the best you can and it speaks to the kind of person you are by the giving of your time and money just to let them go. You seem to know in your heart that he's going to a good home so be happy with knowing these people get to experience the joy of loving a beagle and be proud of yourself for the work you did with him. I'll be thinking of you
 

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I know first hand how hard it is to give up a dog that I have taken in. Knowing that he/she is going to a good home doesn't make it any easier. The one thing that makes it all worthwhile, though, is knowing that you saved the dog's life. I figure that a day of sadness we experience when the dog goes to its new home is worth the years of joy that the dog we saved is going to have.
 

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Good luck to all of you as he goes on to his new home. He will benefit greatly from all you have taught him about being in a safe and loving environment.
 

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Bittersweet for sure, but take comfort in knowing that the love and patience you gave Baily these past 5 months will help the transition into his new forever home. You and Ernie did good...
 

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I don't know if this will help you but I volunteer with a rescue. I don't foster but I work as an adoption facilitator. I screen applications, set up meetings and do follow up calls after adoptions. I am always so surprised and pleased to find that most of the dogs settle in fairly quickly to their new homes. Some of these are dogs that are coming from their original owners and have lived with them their entire lives yet they seem to adapt well to a new home.
Thank you for fostering. Without those of you who are willing to foster we would not have beagle rescue. All of our foster parents express sadness when a beagle leaves their home but they also know that they saved a life and very soon they are ready for a new beagle to foster. You have given Bailey a future!
 

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Thanks for everyone's comments. They made me feel a little better.

I just found out that the new owners can't take him for two more weeks, so we get to enjoy some extended time with him.
 
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