On September 22, 2012, Lolly Pug went to live with her forever family! Her new mom and dad drove allllll the way from New Orleans to St. Louis that Friday, slept at a hotel for a few hours, then picked her up at my house Saturday morning and drove alllllllll the way back to New Orleans from St. Louis that day/night. They. Were. Fantastic. Such nice, warm people and I immediately knew Lolly was going to be in the very best hands. You could almost see them fall in love with her immediately. Lolly however was shy and stuck to me, as I knew would happen. And of course, it ripped me apart.
Baby Girl Pug getting ready to go on a road trip
They stayed for just a little while - I knew they needed to get back on the road and I also knew that I needed them to leave so that I could break down and sob in private. Her little face leaving is forever burned in my memory, just like when Louie left, and I still cry just thinking about it. This one was harder than Louie though - Louie still lives here in St. Louis and I knew I would see him again.
I've referenced this post a few times and it really does help me be able to give these fosters up. "They need him more than you do" - the words of my wise Mom. Well I knew that Lolly's parents needed her more than I did. Even though I really WANTED her. If ever there was a pug to fail with, Lolly was that pug (no offense, Vinny!). Lolly's parents adopted their pug Emma from SEPRA back in 2007. Unfortunately, she passed away just a few weeks before Lolly showed up on SEPRA's website. They were heartbroken. When they saw Lolly on the site, they said they just knew she was the one. Something about her little face made them think so much of their Emma. Their friends and family told them they were crazy to drive all the way to St. Louis for a pug - but they said it wasn't about getting any pug, it was about getting Lolly. Emma had survived a puppy mill and had many of the same fear issues that Lolly did. I knew they had the perfect experience and patience for Lolly and that she would thrive with them, just like Emma did.
Lolly's Mom & Dad
The good news is her mom sends me email updates and Lolly is doing just great. She is loved and spoiled and comes out of her shell more and more every day, just like she did here. I hope that she knows she is in her forever home. My biggest obstacle when I let go of a foster, and especially in this case with Lolly and her fear issues, is that they will be scared or confused or missing me. Lolly's mom emailed me their first day home and it included this:
The bad news is that Lolly was totally won over by that french fry and is still partial to Dad! :)
Lolly at home in New Orleans with her SEPRA blankie
Lolly and her Grandpa. I could not love this picture more!
Lolly's last week with us - Vito laid with his leg on her and she held his paw.
Vito and Lolly Pug