Foster Family Brings Tillie Health, Love, and Comfort
Tillie, a senior terrier, was found wandering the streets of Boston, alone and afraid. After no one claimed her, Boston Animal Control reached out to Baypath Humane Society to find her a home, and she was swiftly brought over by one of our dedicated volunteers. It was clear that Tillie had been through an ordeal. She was unkempt, underweight, and in desperate need of a dental surgery.
Our priority was to find Tillie a quiet, comfortable place to recuperate and, within a couple of hours, Tillie was snuggling up in a warm bed in her new foster home. In a foster home Tillie found love, safety, and comfort. Her personality started to blossom and it was clear that this little girl had a lot of love to give. Despite being dumped onto the streets, Tillie wanted to be around humans and share her endless affection. She proved herself to be an excellent office assistant and lap warmer extraordinaire!
Through Baypath’s foster program, Tillie found her “furever” home, where she is happily thriving. After adoption, Tillie swiftly underwent a dental and spay surgery, through our community friends at Ashland Animal Hospital. We heard a wonderful update from her adopted family: “Tillie has recovered well and has been given a new lease of life, with a new haircut and a sweater collection to rival my own! She is the most spoiled princess. Everyone who meets her just loves her! Especially my parents and friends. I love her so much.”
Tillie’s new mom shared her experience of adopting a dog in foster care from Baypath. “It was great because Tillie gets nervous in busy environments and I think her personality wouldn’t have shown well at all in a shelter. I would have thought she was so nervous if I met her at the shelter!”
“It was great because Tillie gets nervous in busy environments and I think her personality wouldn’t have shown well at all in a shelter. I would have thought she was so nervous if I met her at the shelter!”
Thankfully, with patience and understanding Bonnie learned that not all dogs were scary and could actually be fun to be around! Soon Bonnie and her foster brother were the best of friends, playing tag in the apartment before curling up together to snooze on the couch.
Bonnie was still very afraid of stranger dogs though, so her foster family began behavior training to help her feel more comfortable around dogs. She took to training eagerly, and with positive reinforcement methods, quickly showed great improvement.
We knew that Bonnie had a sweet, goofy personality, and that she just needed the right loving home to fully understand her issues. Soon a couple came forward, eager to meet Bonnie, and they turned out to be the perfect fit! After lengthy adoption counseling, they decided to make her part of their family. Baypath committed to setting Bonnie and her new family up for success, and included reactive dog training classes through Life is Dog as part of her adoption process. Pre-adoption counselling and post-adoption support were vital to ensure a happy outcome for all.
Bonnie’s new parents are thrilled to have her as part of her family. She recently had her first family vacation to New Hampshire — the first of many! Her adoptive family keep in touch regularly, sending pictures of Bonnie living the dream. They recently shared, “Bonnie is literally the best dog! We love her so much and she’s getting so used to us and she’s very spoiled”.