A couple of years ago, I started this site and began working on calligraphy projects for my friends as well as for customers who found me via Facebook and Etsy. I had a great time with my calligraphy work and spent a lot of time working projects, big or small, or simply practicing and taking time for myself in order to enhance my skill set. I took the time to write a couple of blog posts and had some wonderful plans for some additional ones. Some of them are still hanging around in draft form somewhere, with photographs that I took specifically for the post. I had big plans for my newly found artistic, blogging hobby. But often life gets in the way of your plans. In early 2013, after completing a rather large commission for a wonderful bride, I put down my pen and was unable to pick it back up for quite some time. I'd like to take the time to talk about what happened.
My husband and I took in Wiley as our foster dog and he became my full time job away from my full time job. Fostering a dog is not the same as owning a dog. When you own a dog you can come home to your normal routine because they are simply are part of it. Dogs require training and lots of playtime and attention, but with your own dogs you understand their lives, they know your routine, you can deal with their antics and not-so-optimal behavior, and you have the leisure of working with your dog over time. With a foster dog your objective is very different. As a foster parent, it is your responsibility to do everything you can to ensure the best future for the little fur baby. They often come ill equipped in the obedience and manner department, so you’ll need to help them with these essential skills to improve their chances for success in their new home. The challenge is that unlike with your own dog, you only have a short amount of time to do this. It means coming home each day and working with them. You need to make sure that they learn basic manners, are house trained and crate trained, can walk politely on a leash, and are properly socialized with other animals and with other people. You’ll even want to teach them some cute tricks. You’ll want to expose them to many different situations in order to understand and get an idea on how they behave. It’s important to know everything you can about the foster dog so that you can answer questions in case potential adopters were to ask. It's a ton of work packed into a short time frame because you never know when the perfect adoptive parents will show up wanting to take your little angel home. It's a huge undertaking and requires a lot of work and a lot of time, but it is extremely rewarding and worth every moment. I loved fostering Wiley! He became a significant priority in my life and because of that, my art work and calligraphy took back stage… And that was absolutely okay with me. This is what I had chosen to do for this dog. I even turned down a commission from a New York bride who was planning a mega wedding and wanted to pay me over $600 to do her 250 invitations. I knew that I simply would not have the time to dedicate to her. That was how important Wiley was to me. After four months of living with us, he was finally placed in a home in Connecticut. After many, many tears of joy (and tears from missing him) I could now get back to my normal routine and back to my artwork.
Thanks for reading! Now enjoy more Wiley pictures and pictures from our trip to Korea!!
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