Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #Dogs – A Lucky Lurcher finds his Forever Home by Annabelle Franklin

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 and on occasion I might dip into months either side to share gems. Submissions are now closed but there will be another series in January 2022.

This is the second post from children’s author Annabelle Franklin and shares her love of dogs…and today Keith you met last week.. finds his forever home.

A Lucky Lurcher finds his Forever Home

A forever home has finally been found for Keith, the dog I’ve been fostering since the first lockdown last year. It’s exactly the sort of home we’ve been looking for, with a massive garden (3/4 acres) where he can run free without encountering other dogs, and a family who has fallen in love with him. They live just across the valley from me, so they’ve been able to take him for walks and get to know him before he moves in.

This is great news for Keith and I’m very happy for him, but not so happy for me. He’s been with me much longer than a dog would normally spend in a foster home, and I’m really going to miss him when he goes. He’s been a handful at times, but with help from GRW trainers he’s really come good and is a joy to have around. Part of me wishes I’d adopted him myself, but because of his size he would be difficult for me to manage when he reaches old age and its attendant mobility issues. I haven’t forgotten how hard it was lifting poor Pearl in and out of the car when she needed to go to the vet; I always had to get other people to help, and I want a dog I can manage myself.

I fostered Keith because I wasn’t ready to adopt another dog when Pearl died. Now I am ready, but adopting a rescue dog isn’t as easy as it used to be. Dogs have been like gold dust during the pandemic with so many people adopting them for company, and dog thefts have risen dramatically, with dogs being snatched from gardens and even from owners while out on walks. With such high demand, rescue centres can afford to be picky when selecting potential owners. Naturally they have to make sure the dogs go to good homes, but I’ve heard people are being refused for all sorts of odd reasons and sometimes for no reason at all. One man in his forties was refused because he was considered too old, which is ludicrous. It’s not really surprising that people end up buying from breeders.

I’ve been researching shelters online, and some have long waiting lists. On one website I found the following statement: “Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you do not hear anything within seven days, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion”. It reminded me of the more discouraging responses I’ve received from agents and publishers. If adopting a dog is going to be as difficult as getting a book published, I may be in for a long wait.

Keith goes to his new home on Sunday. Wish him luck – and wish me luck too!

©Annabelle Franklin 2021

My thanks to Annabelle for allowing me to share from her archives and I am sure you enjoyed as much as I did.

About Annabelle Franklin

Annabelle Franklin has published two children’s books, Gateway to Magic and The Slapstyx. She is a member of Swansea and District Writers’ Circle, and her short story Mercy Dog has been published in award-winning anthology Unforgotten: The Great War 1914-1918 (Accent Press). She also has a story Haunted by the Future in the Circle’s 2016 horror anthology Dark Gathering. She is currently working on a supernatural comedy series for children.

Books by Annabelle Franklin

Annabelle Franklin, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – follow Annabelle: Goodreads – Blog: Annabelle Franklin – Twitter: @Anabel1Franklin


Thanks for dropping in and I know Annabelle would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.


24 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #Dogs – A Lucky Lurcher finds his Forever Home by Annabelle Franklin

  1. So glad Keith found a forever home. I foster as well, so I know how easy it is to get attached, especially if the animal is with you for a long time.
    Hard to believe you’re finding it hard to adopt a rescue dog. Here in Georgia, we still have lots. (Probably more of the larger breeds though.)

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