After saving little Miss Sunflower from the shelter in Los Angeles, we knew she needed to be in a home where she could be monitored throughout the day, so … I asked my mom, “Would you be interested in fostering Sunflower?” Mom had to think about it. She had never fostered a dog before, she currently has 2 special-needs dogs, and her heart was still healing from the loss of her dear little Chihuahua, Pulga. It took a couple of days for her to decide, but then mom said, “Yes!”
For 2 months, “Grandma Carole” cared for and doted on little Sunflower. I’d stop by her house daily and she’d give me updates. A few times I asked her if she might be thinking of adopting Sunflower and her response was always, “No, I’m sure there’s a better home out there for her than with me.” But then there were times when my mom tearfully told me, “It will be so hard when Sunflower moves on to her forever home.”
After receiving the results of Sunflower’s biopsies and news of her gallbladder issue, Grandma Carole let us know a few days ago that little Sunflower indeed MUST stay with her. She said, “Sunny loves and depends on me, it wouldn’t be fair to send her to a new home.” I think deep down inside, I always knew that Sunflower was meant to be with my mom. We couldn’t be happier!
PS: The 2 photos at the end are of Mom’s beloved Pulga (Spanish for “flea”), who passed away in November 2016 … exactly 2 years before Sunflower came into her life.
Follow Sunflower’s journey from shelter to forever home here.