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a picture of Pearl a dog that needs a foster home.

Location: Dallas, TX

Age: 4 years, 7 months

Posted on: 7/27/2022

Posted by: Individual

Pearl urgently needs a foster home

Why is fostering needed?

I am facing homelessness and many of the programs in the area for homeless recovery do not allow pets. I will need a foster for her for up to 30 days while I check into a shelter or halfway house until I’m able to get get housing assistance or find my own apartment. Even the pound does not have room for more animals and told me if I surrendered her she would be in immediate risk for euthanasia. I can’t bring myself to put her in a situation like that so I’m praying I can find a foster.

How long is fostering needed for?

A few weeks

Other notes

She’s a very sweet and loving dog but can be skeptical around new people and dogs for a couple days until she gets used to them. She loves to play with dogs once she is comfortable around them but her brother she lived with for a while liked to play rough with her so sometimes she gets a little defensive if things get too intense. Never aggressive though and has never bitten another dog or person.

She came from an outdoor shelter where they fed her littermates all at once, so she tries to wolf down her food as quickly as possible. I counteract this by letting her take a few bites, then putting my hand over her bowl until she chews the food, then repeat. If I don’t do this she’ll try to take way too much into her mouth without chewing. You can also avoid this by feeding her canned food since she doesn’t have an issue with the wet.

She used to have a problem with indiscriminate eating when she was younger, and we had to keep everything that was small enough to swallow out of her reach. Sometimes she would chew the end off rubber toys and swallow them, and although she always passed them we did have a couple scares, so I like to keep an eye on her if she is chewing on a toy. If she gets walked and playtime then this isn’t an issue anymore as she’ll mostly sleep the rest of the day. Just something to keep in mind, it’s best to keep things out of reach that you don’t want her potentially getting to.

I tried to crate her when she was younger but she didn’t like it at all, and so we went forward without the crate, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be used as a temporary solution if you need to crate her. This will only be for a few weeks or 30 days so I think she would be fine in a crate so long as she’s getting walked.

She loves to sleep in bed especially on the pillow next to you. She’s a very sweet and cuddly dog with lots of personality! She cracks me up all the time.

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