All foster stories are special. Foster parents put their hearts on the line everyday for the love of animals. Their happy endings come when they see their fosters find loving forever homes. However for Kristin Worman, fostering Rambo turned out to be just the beginning of their story.
Worman took Rambo in as an emergency foster through Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends at 8 months old. Rambo has Oculoskeletal Dysplasia, a type of dwarfism that makes him prone to cataracts, retinal dysplasia, shortened limbs, and elbow, hip and spinal issues. Rambo is almost completely blind but that doesn’t stop him from being the happy, adorable, playful puppy that he is!
“When I first brought him home, one of my dogs immediately befriended him, and I think that helped him to get over some of his timidity,” Worman told The Dodo. “He seems to have developed a sense of where everything is in the house, and really does get around quite well.”
Worman’s two other dogs, Maddy and Willow, also foster fails, took to Rambo immediately! They accepted him right into the fold. Their playtime is where Rambo really shines! Worman is amazed by how confident Rambo is in spite of his blindness.
“Watching him navigate the world is really neat,” Worman said. “In a new place he is cautious and moves a little slowly, but as long as he knows that I am close, he’s pretty confident. He has no idea that he’s not what other people would consider perfect.”
After settling in for a few weeks, Rambo began to truly THRIVE! Even though he is just a puppy, he is actually teaching everyone around him a lot about life and perseverance.
“I think that the biggest change has been in me,” Worman said. “I had to learn that he was going to be OK, even if he did bump into things from time to time, it doesn’t slow him down at all! He is joyful, and he is just like any other 8-month-old Lab puppy. He is a happy dog that just wants to play and be close to his people.”
Rambo wants to do so much more than his body sometimes allows and Worman has to quiet him down a bit with extra snuggles, which neither of them mind.
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Because of Rambo’s condition, shortened life span, and high medical costs, Worman was concerned that another family might not be able to handle it. “His life expectancy is only five years, and I know that I can stuff 15 years worth of love and adventure into that compressed timeline,” Worman said. “I knew that he was going to be one of those dogs that I would wonder about for the rest of my life if I let him go, and I couldn’t imagine not having his little yellow body snoring next to me on the couch. So, I decided that he could stay with us forever!”
So, after a few weeks with Worman, and her dogs Maddy and Willow, Rambo was officially adopted. This foster fail is certain to make Rambo’s life, however long it is, the perfect life for him!
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