Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups

Helping dogs on the road to forever, forever finding ourselves as we walk that road with them.

Diagnosis: Writer’s Block. Prescription: New Foster


I admit it – we had gone missing for awhile. The holidays, the return to life from the new year, heading back to school (both humans and dogs), and life as we know it filling up moments in time, taking away the time I would normally use to fill up new pages here at Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups.

I also was realizing we were coming up on almost a year without any fosters having come into our home (I mean, Balton became foster-no-more in May, but he stopped counting as a foster some time ago). Then, as I was seriously thinking of removing the “Foster” from our namesake entirely, this happened.



His formal Lucky Dog name for identification purposes is Westley (it’s the name he came with from the shelter), but he goes by Dash. He goes by Dash because this is the name he has known for the last three years. If I had known the same name for pretty much the whole of my life, it would be very confusing for me to all of a sudden start being called something different, especially if it came combined with the circumstances of losing my home and my mom. We all need something to hold onto during hard moments of change, and in this case, it just seemed right that Dash be able to hold onto his name.

Dash was adopted three years ago, and his mom really, truly loved him and cared for him well. However, she recently had to assume the role of caretaker for her sick mother, who is allergic to Dash. In compliance with the Lucky Dog belief and policy that all Lucky Dogs are Lucky Dogs for life, she contacted the rescue Dash came from in 2010 to arrange his return. Knowing my fondness for spunky terrier mixes, I was asked to be his adoption coordinator and agreed.

One of the things Dash’s mom was most worried about was whether her boy would find a foster. He had originally resided with an LDAR boarding partner, and Dash’s mom fostered him for a bit before inevitably falling in love with him and making him part of her family. Some dogs do just fine in boarding, but Dash didn’t do so well living in doggy daycare long-term. Dash’s returning adopter noted he was pretty shut down for the first few days in her home, and worried about how moving back into long-term boarding might affect him. 

Maybe you could call it a post-Christmas miracle, but my dear husband learned of Dash’s story and, much to my surprise, actually offered that we could foster him if needed (not that I blame him – just look at those glorious ears). Now, if Dash were an 80 lb Lab, this probably would not have happened, but a window of opportunity for dear Dash-man opened, and it just so happened to lead to our home. 

Dash has now been with us 4 weeks, and surprisingly has not had a ton of adoption interest as of yet – which is kind of surprising as he’s overall a pretty delightful pup to have around. He’s got some quirks and challenges, but in the grand scheme of dog challenges, his are pretty normal. 

More on this sweet, silly little man to come, and all the things that make him so lovable. But to learn more about him, visit


Author: faithtrustnpups

Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups is a combination blog for animal welfare, humane education/positive training, recognizing the beautiful bond that exists between pets and their people, and other fun stuff. I share information about adoptable pets in the DC metro area, promote animal rescue and resources to support adopters and fosters, and share stories and lessons related to the dogs I care for. Much of my writing is for especially my "foster failure" with some specific fear-based issues. In an effort to help understand often wonderful, sometimes challenging dogs like him better, I learn to understand myself. Together, we share our stories, and walk together, leash in hand, and in building faith and trust within one another and within ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Diagnosis: Writer’s Block. Prescription: New Foster

  1. Yay, I was wondering when Dash/Westley would make his appearance on the blog! Looking forward to reading more about him 🙂


  2. Pingback: Spring Awakening – How We Spent our Winter Vacation | Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups

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