I've realized that sometimes there is a bit of an unspoken rivalry against "Big Dog People" and "Small Dog People".
Even with our pups on their best behavior, or out at events like this, we still hear the occasional and cringeworthy "My dog would be an appetizer for your dog" type comment.
Though I too have been guilty of making remarks about small dogs.
But the truth is, we're all just Dog People.
And it doesn't help anyone to make blanket statements or discriminatory remarks about other breeds, sizes, or types of dogs.
While all of our other foster pups have been pitbull-type dogs who fit in so well with our own pups, realizing abuse and neglect can happen to all types of dogs we decided to take on Elder-Shi Jack Frost.
Just like our own big dogs he loves nothing more than going for walks and being with his people. He has become the first one to greet me at the door when I come home. Despite his size, we still uphold him to the same expectations as our own dogs.
But we've realized the most significant side-effect of having a small-dog foster is that they can both become breed-ambassadors by showing through example that size and breed don't matter and all dogs are individuals. Because really...they're just dogs.
The biggest difference between our little guy and our own dogs...Jack Frost has longer hair which is now growing in and making E very, very allergic and uncomfortable, so unfortunately our fostering of the little guy may be short-lived.
We were hoping to see the little guy through to his adoption, but we would also like to see E not so sick.
If anyone in the Chicago-area would like to foster Jack Frost please email the New Leash on Life Foster Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or for more information on adopting Jack Frost, contact New Leash on Life Chicago here.