Two weeks ago we brought home, Ralph, our first foster dog ever. I had considered fostering before and always want to help with rescue, but didn’t know if I could provide a good foster home. Of course I take care of Luna and would do the same for any foster dog, but I didn’t know if I could even handle two dogs.

But, a local rescue – Homeward Trails – sent out an urgent request for fosters of dogs that came from shocking situations. Part of the cause of my hiatus in January was because I was searching for purpose. I was seeking something I could dedicate myself to, something that would allow me to feel like I was making a difference, and maybe even something I could write about. I thought this might be it.

It also helped that Winter Storm Jonas was coming. Let’s be honest – DC can’t handle snow. Especially not 2.5+ feet of snow. Everything was shutting down and you couldn’t find bread or milk anywhere, so I knew I would be working from home on Friday and had a hunch I would be working from home the first part of the next week as well.

I thought, “Perfect!” This would give any foster dog a chance to adjust to our apartment and routine. It would also allow Luna and a foster dog a opportunity to get to know each other under my supervision before I left them alone.

So I jumped in and we agreed to foster little Ralph.

I’m happy to say that two weeks later things are going really well! Ralph is a real sweetheart and I’m working on putting together a blog post all about him. I know you really want the juicy details, but for now you will have to settle for about a million photos of Luna and Ralph “swimming” their way through over 2.5 feet of snow.

Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Luna enjoys the snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Ralph seeing his first snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Ralph and Luna run through the snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Snow from Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Luna swims through 2.5 feet of snow

Ralph enjoys the snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Ralph and Luna enjoy the snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Ralph seeing his first snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Luna enjoys the snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

2.5 feet of snow from Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Luna swims through 2.5 feet of snow

Ralph swims through 2.5 feet of snow

Ralph and Luna run through the snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Luna swims through 2.5 feet of snow

Ralph seeing his first snow during Blizzard 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas

Have you had any recent snow days?

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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