Let Me Introduce You To Fizal!

***Update – we didn’t end fostering Fizal. I just couldn’t take care of him without getting emotionally attached and with the recent loss of Marlow – I wasn’t ready for another emotional connection with a dog.  Fizal returned to his original home – where he actually has a free life on a farm rather than kept in a villa all day.*****

Well, reintroduce as I already did introduce him in my blog about Marlow.

Fizal is our “foster” dog!

I’ve never fostered a dog before.  Fostering pets is a regular happening for pet lovers here in Qatar as there are so many cats, dogs…horses even, that once had a home and perhaps were horribly abandoned by expats leaving the country or the expensive, shiny new “toy/pet” lost the shine, losing their appeal, brought to the desert, abandoned there and left to die.

Animals/pets are not viewed as part of the family here as they are in North America. And yes, there are expats who abandon their pets instead of taking the steps to re-home.

Back to some good news…..

Fizal is here, living with us until we can find him a new home.  I’m torn because I would love to keep him.  But Michael isn’t so sold.  So for now we’re “fostering”.  Just taking this journey one day at a time.

So far Fizal has been a joy!  Lots of work yes as he’s not housebroken, doesn’t understand the concept of a walk on a leash as an opportunity to pee and poop, (he holds his pee as long as he can until he can’t anymore!), doesn’t understand call commands so he’s a flight risk if he gets off leash, (he’s part saluki and is FAST so catching him would be a challenge), he gets along with our cat Bob Jazeera – but loves the chase – scaring Bob, as well he gets along with our little dog Pooh Bear….but we have to be mindful around toys and food as we get through the adjustment phase and sort out the pecking order.

But this big, galloping goof is so fun to be with!  He trips over himself because his legs are so long  and slides all over the ceramic tiled floor while chasing Bob or a toy!

Here are a few fun moments……

His reaction when I turned the TV on……..



Loves to be with us…..


And chew as five month old puppies like to do…..


And sleep on his bed……with a toy in his mouth!!!!


And hang out with his foster mom in the morning while she blogs……




I love being a foster mom!!!

S, xo  😀


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Smith says:

    She has stolen your heart. You keep her Stephanie. Fizal was meant for you.

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