You just never know what's going to work in advertising a foster dog.
We try lots of things. There's the stylish "Adopt Me" vest that they get to wear when they're out on the town.
Gremlin had listings on Petfinder.com and the rescue organization website, where she was the featured pet for several weeks. I put up an ad for her on my office's online bulletin board. We made "Adopt Me!" flyers for Gremlin and enlisted friends to help post them in local coffee shops, pet stores, and anywhere else that got a lot of foot traffic. And then, of course, there was plain ol' word of mouth.
But what ended up helping Gremlin find a home, unexpectedly, were the posts I made complaining about her on an Internet message board. All the rants and whines about the day-to-day hassles of fostering -- the ominous carpet puddles, poop-ruined shoes, exasperated neighbors, and cranky resident dog issues so familiar to everyone else who's walked down this particular road -- happened to catch the attention of a friend all the way over in Minneapolis who'd been thinking about getting a dog. (Well, to be fair, I'm told the Youtubes of Gremlin looking cutely monstrous, or monstrously cute, helped too.)
I definitely wasn't expecting that, but I surely can't complain. This will be a great home for Gremlin, and I very much hope she'll be a great dog for them. And it just goes to show: might as well try everything, since there's no way of knowing what's going to work.
So in a couple of weeks Gremlin will be leaving us for her forever home, and some time after that, a new mutt monster will come along to take her place.