When our first attempt at rehoming him didn't work, we decided to get serious and sign him up for the Heartland Lab Rescue progam, so we'd know he'd be taken in by folks who desperately wanted a dog just like him. We offered to continue fostering him until he was adopted.
All things work out in the end. We were contacted last week by our coordinator saying that she had a family who fell in love with the pictures of BD on the rescue site, and they were looking for a dog that would be calm around their four small children. I don't know how many Labs fit that distinction, but BD is the ultimate kid-friendly dog. Just ask Joe.
We loaded him up and drove over an hour into the city to meet the potential new family at a Petco. BD gave Joe an in-car spa scalp drip treatment on the way. We met up with BD's New Fam and their sweet older Golden, and it was pretty much love at first wag.
It turns out that the eldest boy turns 7 this week, and BD will be his. We said our goodbyes, trying hard to remember that we did have two lazy mutts waiting for us when we got home. Later in the evening, I received an email from BD's New Mom, who let me know that everyone was getting along well and "acting like he's always been a member of the family." The Birthday Boy had even decided to keep the name "BD" since it also stood for "Birthday Dog."
It will be a little quieter (and less hairy) in our house, but I'm so relieved that BD is where he was meant to be. This is really the start of a beautiful relationship between a boy and his dog and we feel honored to have played a role in it. I also came away feeling very positive about our fostering experience, and one day when Joe is older, I definitely want to do it again.