Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oh, Fritty

Fritz, wearing the New Year's party hat my daughter made

My foster dog is being adopted on Saturday. Fritz (Fritty Cent, Fritzenheimer, Fritz-a-Million) has been with us for almost one year. He will turn 10 on January 14th. My most fervent wish was to get him into his own home before his birthday, and it looks like the universe has made it so. A kind-hearted adopter, the kind we rescue volunteers dream of, was able to look past a grey muzzle, a shaky rear leg, and some random quirks and asked, "How soon can he be mine?" Thus, I will drive five hours round trip on Saturday to take Fritz to his forever home.

After ten years of rescue work, you'd think I could pull off this sort of thing without the involvement of tears. Alas, I think this is going to be a tough one. Fritz has been a member of our family for the past year. The hard part, when you are placing a dog in his new home, is that moment when you gather your things and prepare to leave. The dog, too, readies himself to leave. "This is your home now, buddy," I always tell the worried-looking pooch. I'll never know if the dogs understand that I am trying to do right by them, not abandoning them as others have surely done. Sure, Fritz was always welcome to stay with us for the rest of his days, but every dog deserves a home of his own.

I would like to dedicate this song to Fritz:

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If you have a small child, you will probably recognize the song immediately. If you are fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to own the DVD, you could probably sing it in your sleep. It's sweet, it's simple.

There is no home like the one you've got, 'cause that home belongs to youuuuuuu.

We'll miss you, sweet boy.


8 comments:

Cassi said...

I'm so happy to hear that Fritz has found a home. I'll miss seeing him on the other side of the fence but I'm sure there will be one to take his place soon enough. Good luck on Saturday!!

greedygrace said...

You're doing such a good thing-- giving Fritz a temporary home until he can be placed with a permanent family. I wouldn't have been able to it!

Steph K said...

Good Lord-I'm crying before I even listen to the song!

I'm Fritz will be forever grateful to you and the love you gave him over the last year.

Jodi said...

Fritty Cent...I love it! My one cat's nickname is Puff... so we call her P-Kitty. (Get it? Puff Daddy became P-Diddy...lame I know)

I know you'll miss Fritz but how great that he is going to a good home! That was wonderful that you opened your heart and home to him for the past year!

Sara R said...

sweet pup

Mary said...

Your family has filled Fritzie's last year with love, warmth, stability, happiness, food, etc. and you more than most knows what that means to that dog. Yes, I those worried eyes of his even though I've only cared for him a few short weeks. But he surely knows he is loved and well cared for.... I remember my hardest goodbye, that was Ruckus, not that I had her terribly long but somehow you just attach for different reasons I can surely see why you would to Fritz. Yes, he will have a grand rest of his life and I wish him nothing but the very best!!!

Khudson33 said...

Fritzy, we adored him at our house and prayed that he'd get a new forever home-- I can't wait until the other half gets home so I can fill him in. We wanted and debated on adopting him but our bundle of boxer joy is already too much for this starter home! Thank you for showing him such love!!

Laurie said...

I have a special place in my heart for those grey muzzled Boxer senior citizens.

Happy Forever Homecoming Fritz!
May your days be filled with warm blankets, soft couches and all the hugs and kisses you can handle!