Meet Pippen. He has an adventurous spirit, high-energy, and like many humans, special dietary needs. Sweet Pippen suffers from a number of food allergies, mainly beef, dairy, and rice. On top of his particular tummy, Pippin’s spirited nature means that he likes a little rough and tumble, and at times he can be apprehensive about other dogs. As a result of all his quirks, Pippen went through several adopters in 2019, all of which returned him for one reason or another. This handsome boy will need extra love and patience throughout his life, and so for him to find his furever home, no ordinary dog lover would do.
Then came along Jenna. Before meeting Pippen, Jenna already had experience under her belt when it came to pups with behavioral quirks, and was no stranger to fostering long-stay dogs. Those who work with our long-stay dogs all have one hugely important trait: patience – and Jenna is no different. She helped Pippen work through many of his quirks, all in the hope that potential adopters would see what a good boy he really is.
Despite his quirks, though, Jenna shares that Pippen had one huge advantage: “I’ve had quite a few behavior pups and long stay dogs, and the benefit with Pippen was that he had a HUGE number of inquiries because he is very handsome.”
Jenna made sure to send to our dog team many videos and photos of the handsome Pippen: “He was an A+ adventure dog so I made sure to include tons of cool travel photos.”
Because Jenna was a seasoned foster, she knew from the start of Pippen’s journey to make sure that her email responses to potential adopters covered all of Pippen’s quirks. This helps weed out people who aren’t looking for a dog they will have to invest training into. Pippen needed someone who was willing to help him become the best dog we all knew he could be – and Nicolas was up to that challenge.
A few months back, Nicolas found Pippen on the APA! website. Smitten by his adorable face, he knew he had to meet him; and the rest is history. Pippen finally found his furever home.
Pippen’s journey to adoption was a series of ups and downs. Jenna’s patience as a foster, and her marketing savvy, is a testament to the good work fosters can do to help pups like Pippen get a second chance. By giving today, you support the continuation of resources given to foster pups on their journey to find their furever homes.
Alternatively, consider making a difference in a shelter dog’s life by becoming a foster yourself. Fosters are such an essential bridge between a pup’s shelter life and finding their furever home. Their dedication to these incredible dogs will continue to keep our lifesaving mission afloat for years to come.