This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

On Sunday, Veterans Day, November 11th, we picked up a 6 month old puppy (Hans) to foster for a homeless vet until he gets housing. We got the word that Hans needed a place from a friend of mine who posted it on Facebook, I called her up to get more info (yes Virginia, sometimes “Friends” can be more than ones and zeros). Learned he was a Blue Heeler mix that got along with other dogs and cats, was housebroken, crate trained and was going to get all his vaccinations updated and then be neutered before we fostered him.

We drove downtown to pick him up. He was getting his neutering done at Portland Animal Welfare (PAW Team) , an organization “Helping people and pets stay together, through veterinary care for pets of people in poverty”. The neutering technique was a new one to me, it was done using the non-surgical method of zinc neutering. Learn all about it here.

He was a bit under the weather from the drugs when we got him home, so we let him take his time adjusting.
Our dog Skye was very accepting of this newcomer to the house since we dog sit for friends all the time, plus she just loves other dogs. The cat Teufel (devil in German), went upstairs. Of course he slept on my bed that night, I’m only human after all.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

The next day the games began!

After about an hour of that I was going to put him in his crate for a time out but someone else had a different idea.
My neighbor (Elizabeth) had a knee replacement done last week and was at a rehabilitation facility where they have therapy dogs come in all the time and/or you can bring your dog just to visit. That is supposed to be only to visit the patient you’re seeing. Good luck with that. I brought Hans down to see her yesterday and he was a nonplussed going through the automatic doors and riding the elevator. As I was signing in the visitor’s log, an old gentleman in a power chair said, “Don’t move.” He started digging around in a small bag he had for dog cookies. Onward to see my Elizabeth! Had to stop twice for petting by other staff and patients. His owner had mentioned he was thinking about training him as a therapy dog, he is a natural. She was in the library and he immediately went to her for some loving and then flopped down at her feet. We stayed for about half an hour and everybody on the way out had to have a turn petting and praising him.

As I write this he is sleeping behind me, content with the world, as am I.

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to Bend Over Here It Comes Again on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:49 AM PST.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.

Your Email has been sent.