Practically perfect in every way. That’s Mary Poppins’ tag line and it really applies to Marley. I hadn’t been over to visit him in a couple of weeks and surprisingly it was weighing on me. I can’t think of a single dog that I’ve helped place into a home that I feel strongly about keeping up ties with as much as with Marley. I don’t know, maybe it’s because his foster dad doesn’t Facebook or use social media and I don’t get as many updates like I do with so many other of “my babies.”
Anyhow I was feeling especially Marley-less and decided to take some time to go visit the big galoot. As I prepared to head over there I wondered what I would encounter. We hadn’t seen each other in a couple of weeks and I’m sure that as he settles more in to his Foster home we’d maybe lose a bit of our bond to each other. Maybe he wasn’t quite as handsome as I remember, maybe not quite as sweet. Maybe as he became more comfortable in his surroundings he’d be likely to…I don’t know…love me?
When we picked him up and our eyes met through that wire fencing, I knew we’d be bonded but to what extent? One the car ride back to Fort Wayne I promised him I would always look out for him and protect him but that didn’t necessarily mean he would come to live with me, so wrapping my head around what that might actually mean and how that would work was something I’d need to work on.
What I found upon my visit was a gorgeous specimen of a dog. Marley has filled in some and has a huge happy-faced head and well defined muscles for a dog who is on “quiet time” rest. He met me at the door with a wagging tail but it still seemed to take him about 4 seconds or so to really recognize me whereupon he decided that we two should share the recliner, or perhaps I’d just like to sit in the recliner while he sat on me. We smooched and cuddled and while I was convinced…and still am…that my home would not be the best situation for him, I couldn’t help but fall just a bit more in love.
Fortunately his Foster Dad is all that and a bag of chips so I know Marley is getting the best care and the most love. He told me about how Marley sometimes falls out of bed, so now there is a body pillow to cushion him, Marley has a special toy that he sleeps with and if it gets misplaced they look all over the house until it’s found. I know about how Marley pouts if he doesn’t get that last sip of vanilla milkshake and how he’s getting suspicious of peanut butter since it was being used to hide medicine.
As I looked at Marley, I realized that in the next months his treatment is going to get more intense and the need to keep him quiet and calm is going to be critical. I leashed him up and we ambled around the block so that he could showcase is perfect leash skills and I could have just a few moments more with him. I told his Foster dad that I probably shouldn’t come around for awhile in the interest of Marley’s health, so after a few smooches, I scurried out to my car but not without peeking back through the window to see Marley gazing at the door waiting for my return. I turned away with a tear and a sigh.
Marley is in a good place and his GoFundMe is climbing! Actually with the addition of some cash that was donated, we are at $530 to date! We are so close to our goal!