One of the hardest things to do when you are fostering a dog is to realize that you missed something.
With Karick, it has been the onset of his allergies.
We knew he had allergy problems when he came to us, but we thought they were fully under control.
So at about the 30-day mark, we ran out of the medication Karick had been taking and, in less than two days, his allergies flared up again.
But this wasn’t a small flareup — the poor guy had a bright red tummy before we even realized he was itchy.
The good news here is the problem is easily remedied.
We know Karick responds well to a specific medication and he likely will have to be on it for the rest of his life.
The pain he was in was heartbreaking, though.
When you foster, you always intend to provide a better environment for the dogs you take in.
While I am not claiming Karick’s environment is bad, I do feel somewhat responsible for his slight relapse.
The other good news in this situation is that we know for sure that when he is adopted out, he will have to have a regimen — but his “furever” parents will not have to endure the guilt of his having an allergic reaction.
The downside is that we are not entirely sure what Karick is allergic to, but we suspect it might be fleas.
Unfortunately, there isn’t really a surefire way to make sure he never again encounters a flea.
Truth be told, they are everywhere and Karick easily could encounter them on a walk.
Corgis in general can be susceptible to allergies, which is just another obstacle some of them have to overcome.
On the positive side of life, Karick is starting to play — a development for which we were not prepared.
Some older dogs don’t play, which was how we thought Karick would be.
One short trip to our local farm and country store resulted in the purchase of a stuffed Gumby toy.
As I sit here typing, Gumby sits next to me — eviscerated and without the squeak he made just two short weeks ago.
Karick is a tug-of-war king. If he isn’t done playing, he will bring the toy back to us and demand more.
For those who have an emotional attachment to this little pup, don’t worry — we aren’t tugging on the toys.
While Karick’s teeth are in pretty good shape, we don’t want to put them in jeapordy.
At 10 yeas old, he is lucky just to have so many of his teeth left.
So as far as tug-of-war goes, it’s more like holding the toy and letting him take it.
Either way, he is a huge fan of this activity. Just another day of learning to manage a foster dog…