by Adam Mohrbacher, Boston’s foster dad
Let me tell you about this guy I know. He’s a great guy; funny and sweet. He’s up for anything, at anytime, as long as he can be by your side. He’s Boston. He’s my foster dog.
Boston came to my girlfriend and I early in the year. With him being an abandonment case, I was worried about what problems and neuroses might come along with him. Would I come home some afternoon to find my shoes in ribbons? Would curt notes from my landlord regarding incessant barking become the new normal?
None of this came to pass. After his initial adjustment period, Boston settled right in, becoming a welcome fixture in our tiny apartment. His personality now dominates our small space, making each day better.
If there is one thing you realize after fostering for a while it’s that every dog has an incredibly distinctive personality. They’re often big and boisterous, but even the reserved can be wildly expressive. It didn’t take me long to discover Boston’s own distinctive character. In fact, it was in our very first meeting. I came home a few hours after he had arrived from the shelter. Spotting me, he immediately grabbed a toy and walked it over, growling excitedly with a fluctuating octave.
Of course, one meeting doesn’t tell you everything. It would take a couple months to learn more about Boston’s mood and sensibilities, about what he required in terms of energy and effort. In my past experience, dogs often occupy extreme ends of a spectrum in this regard. They are either attention hounds, constantly in need of stimuli, or overly lethargic, equating to proverbial bumps on logs.
Boston, however, is a rare breed: an easy-going, flexible dog. Equally content hanging out at home as he is during our nightly runs, he’s an ideal companion. If there is a part of him that’s rigid or entrenched it is his unwavering love of people. You’ll become the center of his world, as he will in yours. I see this love in him every day, from the moment I wake up to his jolly eyes and goofy grin, to the moment I go to sleep and he makes sure to settle down nearby.
But I don’t want to overly romanticize things. Anyone who has had dogs before knows that they are a lot of work. And, if you are going to do things properly, you may need to modify your life’s circumstances to better accommodate your dog’s needs and desires. Boston also has additional layers that need to be addressed. He is slowly losing his sight, and this necessitates a depth of feeling and a level of patience perhaps beyond your normal pup.
Still, any dog owner reading this knows that such compromises are overshadowed by rewards, and that any output typically pays off in spades. I have been so glad to have Boston in my life, and that joy, that lightness of being, is something I get to experience every day. It’s there when he flops over for a belly scratch; it’s there as he roots around his now-overflowing basket of toys; and it’s there when I look at his face and see unconditional devotion, excitement, and love staring back.
I understand it’s never a “good time” for a dog, particularly any dog that carries a couple of extra hurdles to navigate. But I can tell you that the levity, structure, and compassion Boston has introduced into my home, and into my life, has been well worth it. Boston is one of the best guys I know. He makes things easier. He makes things better.
If you’re interested in Boston, please read his full bio here. Contact email@example.com for more information or fill out an adoption application at https://pawsco.org/adopt/adoption-application/.