On Patience and Gibson

23 Dec

I’ve had Gibson three weeks tomorrow and he’s teaching me the art of patience.  He needs you to be patient with him.  He needs me to be patient and find him the exact right family.

He had a near perfect family (and this post is not a judgement of them in any way, wrong time for them and they are going to be a great family for a dog).  I loved this family for Gibson.  On paper and in person they ticked all his boxes.  They borrowed him for a morning and he wasn’t ready.  He froze.  He wasn’t happy.  They were going on vacation the next day and without seeing his true personality, they couldn’t commit.  I don’t blame them.

But it taught me that when I’m looking for his family, I’m looking for a family that will understand that they may not see his true personality for a couple weeks.  I’m looking for a family with a strong female because he will trust her first, he needs her to show him not to be scared.  I’m looking for a family that is ok having a shadow at their feet but not until he trust and loves you.  He may not eat for the first 3-4 days.  He just needs time.

There are quite a few applications in for Gibson and I just received them today.  I’ll be looking through them and calling the 3 that seem most promising.  From that, I’ll see if one of them is right.  If none of them are right, I’ll wait for the right family.  If you’ve sent in an application, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment, so I know to watch for your application.  Gibson is going to be a great, easy dog for some lucky family, but it has to be a patient, confidence building family.

2 Responses to “On Patience and Gibson”

  1. Emily December 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM #

    Picking the top apps are always hard. We’re going through the same thing with Cate, although she doesn’t necessarily need a super patient home. But it’s hard having 12 apps and filtering them down. It all needs to come down to a match. Good luck with Gibson. Sometimes they just need more time in the foster home to be built up, and there’s no shame in that either.

    • fosterashley December 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM #

      Thanks Emily! I’m loving having him around, so no problem if he needs to stick around a little longer. Piper noticed a big change in him during our hike today, so that’s a really good thing!

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