As I prepare for a quick overnight trip today, that I'll tell you about next time, I wanted to give you an update on Leo.
I appreciated your thoughts about the path that Leo should take to his forever home. Those of you that reluctantly thought that Family #3 was the best choice for him, were right. They WERE the family that I had chosen for Leo. Personally, I liked them very much. They are a really nice, fun couple and I know they are a good home. But I will confess, that I had a nagging feeling that I couldn't quite get rid of. Even as I talked about "being sure" about the decision, deep inside, I knew, but wouldn't admit, that I was trying to convince myself.
I told Family #3 about what had happened. And I received an e-mail that said:
Thank you for being honest in your evaluation of Leo's fear. We spent a good part of the day talking about this and we have decided that we are not able to manage him. We didn't understand the full extent of his fear. We thought it could be managed with a thunder vest and comfort from a human. Our experience with pets with anxiety has been that human touch calmed him down enough to rest and sleep. We are concerned about what will happen should a storm come up while we are away. At this time of COVID of course we aren't away much but at some point this will end and we will occasionally be away for several hours. We are sorry and we want you to know that we made this decision with heavy hearts. We do feel that this would not be a good fit for us thereby not being a good fit for Leo. He is a sweet boy who needs the right home.Looking back on all of this, it's all been a reminder to pay attention and listen to that inner voice, and even listen to YOU the readers of this blog.
So, where does this take us? We are lucky to have great support from the rescue and resources to tap into. With that, I'm feeling optimistic that we can find something that will help Leo going forward through this "stormy season."
Thank-you for cheering Leo on.