Well, today was the day Rocky left us for his forever home. The term "bittersweet" doesn't cover it, really. I'm just trying to remember when we adopted Anthony, how amazing that felt and how happy we were to find the perfect pug to fill the gap left by the passing of our Mr. Neumacks. The family we turned Rocky over to was in the same position, and they were SO happy to meet him. They were very nice people. They all came, mom, dad and their two girls (upper teens). Very nice, obviously dog people, who really seemed like they were the right group. Rocky was just the pug they were looking for, so it - far as we can tell - it was a good match.

Still, it was difficult. He and my wife had become especially attached and her goodbyes were too hard for her. She had to run out rather than spoil the family's special day. We hadn't planned to meet them, the plan was to drop Rocky off with a fellow foster parent/intermediary, say our goodbyes and split. But traffic was so bad we wound up getting there a lot later than we expected and got there minutes after the family arrived. Still, it was reassuring to meet them in person, since we know they will love Rocky and give him a good life.

I toughed it out, gave Rocky a kiss, wished him a good life and left. Much as we didn't want to spoil the new family's day, they knew we were heartbroken, but they took that as their own reassurance that Rocky is special and he was well cared for. I know he'll be okay - so will we. We did a good thing. It's just hard to say goodbye to a friend.


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Comment by Puggirl on January 29, 2012 at 7:19pm

This is indeed very touching!!

Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on January 29, 2012 at 1:45pm

You prepared him for his forever home, you showed Rocky what a loving home is like.  It will get better for you and your wife, I know that from experience.  God Bless you. 

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on January 29, 2012 at 1:45pm

This was so touching, and I am sure Rocky will always remember you guys, as you will remember him. 

Comment by julie foutch on January 29, 2012 at 11:46am

As i know it's hard but,you gave so much to him and i'm glad you had that chance to meet them as that is the way i would want it it sounds like he has a really great home.In time the hurt will fade and maybe as you do other fosters this to will help.I'm very happy that you foster as we do have so many and some foster homes getting so full this is why i urge everyone if you can't adopt at this time or you just want to help please think about being a foster parent as we do need more wonderful people like you i'd like to thank you,as we will hold rocky in our thoughts and prayers.

Comment by Pug Chick on January 29, 2012 at 9:07am

It sounds like meeting the new for ever family was a good thing.  I know from my fostering experiences that I had to meet the adopting family.  With the rescue group I work with the foster family always has the final say as to if potential adopters get the pug or not.  These sound like great pug people.  It will take some time but the feeling of loss does start to fade. I wish you and your wife many happy fostering experiences.  What you do for rescue pugs is so important.  Keep up the good work.

Comment by Scott McIntyre on January 29, 2012 at 8:23am

We'll be kept up to date with his progress for awhile, but it'll drop off and that'll be it. He's a senior, so I really just hope they don't tell me when he dies. I want to just know they he's settled in and happy with in his new life.Now we just gotta move on to the next rescue we can help.

Comment by Jackie Hiras on January 29, 2012 at 8:08am

Awww, very touching.  Perhaps, they can keep in touch with you and send you pictures now and then?

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