When Los Angeles newlyweds Cory and Meredith started their lives together, they thought they knew exactly what kind of puppy they wanted. But their plan was quickly thrown out when they first laid eyes on Foster, a mixed-breed puppy that instantly won their hearts.
"Our neighbors showed us his picture [from the rescue group The Dawg Squad] and we went to meet him, and it was almost impulsive," Meredith recalls. "After the first time seeing him, we knew that we didn't need a specific breed or style. He was perfect, just as he is."
For Foster, the transition from shelter dog to family pet came easily. He even made the change to a new name. "Peanut Butter - that was the name he came with," Cory says. "It wasn't the most masculine of names, so we had to change that one." With a new name and a new family, he quickly made himself at home. "He loves our couch - he treats it like his bed. He loves being out and being social. He's extremely extroverted," Cory adds.
Foster's enthusiasm wins him fans wherever he goes. Meredith says, "Anytime he hears people say 'Aww' and 'How cute,' he gets really excited. He knows they're talking about him. He's super friendly and he loves kids - anything on his level." The only ones who haven't been completely won over are Cory and Meredith's two cats. "Now he has two cats he loves," Meredith explains. "However, the cats don't understand why he stands on them and sits on them. He doesn't know his own size, which is endearing."
As transplants to Los Angeles, Cory and Meredith have found that Foster inspires them to get out and see more of their new home. "Now we're getting to see a whole new side of our city," Cory adds. "He makes us get out and do more because he's so turned on and ready to experience new stuff. It really is one of the best ways to get to know our city better." The pet supply store is a favorite destination, usually to restock Foster's supply of pet toys. "We normally go to the 'toy store' on Friday nights," Meredith says. "A toy around here lasts only about a week."
At 40 pounds, Foster is a big puppy and likely to be a big dog. For Cory and Meredith, that bit of mystery is now part of the adventure. "When people ask what breed he is, we say we don't know. He's a category 'other,'" Meredith says.
Foster has turned out to be everything Cory and Meredith wanted in a dog. "I've had other dogs growing up, but Foster is different. He's on a whole other level," Cory says. "He's a once-in-a-lifetime pet."