Four years ago, Lauren Lowery’s sister tricked her into fostering 10 puppies. It was a "traumatic" experience.
Now, she proudly runs a boarding company, Blue House Boarding, on her property with the proceeds directly impacting more than 100 foster dogs.
Recently, Lowery went out of her way to fly two puppies to Albany, New York for the sake of their adoption.
The puppies were nearly rejected because they were bigger than anticipated at three months old. Since Lowery’s husband, Austin, works for American Airlines, the next flight to Albany became a priority.
“I just want them to get adopted into a good home, and I want them to have the best chance possible,” Lowery emphasized. “If that means a puppy has to be smaller to get them into a home — the sooner they find a home, that’s another spot open for the next dog.”
Nava Dog, a rescue in Ennis, had the pups in their possession before Lowery took them in. The director, Carol Brewer, referenced Lowery as “a giving spirit” and “a huge asset to the dog-rescue community.”
Lowery left her home at 4 a.m. to catch the connecting flights and secure the puppies in Albany by noon. Exhausted, Lowery and her mother did not return until 11:30 p.m.
“There’s a shortage of adoptable puppies up north because they have breeders up there, but they don’t have the shelter problems we have here like the overcrowding because they have laws and people regulating breeding,” Lowery elaborated. “But here puppies are euthanized in the shelter every day.”
She explained how the window for adopting puppies is brief. Puppies under six months adopt out quickly, but under four months go even quicker.
Lowery prides the comfortable nature of her fostering technique and boarding business. The quality of life is a priority — from the food to housing.
The boarding house on the property was renovated in June 2017. Initially, the barn was for fosters but turned into a business to combat the costs of caring for the dogs.
An official with the Ellis County Department of Development confirmed Lowery does not live within the city limits and no permits are required for Lowery to run her business on her property.
The inside of the barn is set up like a living room with couches, a coffee table, rugs, and television, which is usually playing Netflix. The building is equipped with two sets of stalls for large dogs and puppies to sleep in overnight.
Also on the property are three gated pins with plenty of room for activities.
And she added there are always more fosters than boarded dogs.
“We want the borders to feel like they are at home or just a different home. We want the fosters to know they have left the shelter. As you can tell, they are very comfortable around us,” said Lowery on her front porch with dogs basking in the sun and others patiently waiting for a scratch behind the ear.
Lowery admitted to sometimes fostering too many dogs at once, which is not fair to the dogs.
“The more time these dogs are in a home with people, getting that direct attention — the family life, the better they are going to do in an adoption home. We know this is a great place for dogs to rehabilitate, but we know the best place is for them in a home,” Lowery explained.
She added, “I may spoil them too much, but I don’t think that’s a thing for dogs. They are completely 100 percent devoted to you, the idea that you wouldn’t give them that back is kind of crazy to me.”
Lowery works with several rescues in Ellis County as well as the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Since Lowery fostered her first 10 puppies in December 2014, she has counted over 118 dogs. She used to pin a photo of each dog she fostered but quit since the wall “got a little out of control.”
Currently, she has three dogs of her own, one of them is from the second batch of puppies she fostered, seven foster dogs and four borders.
Puppies will overtake a visitor walking onto the property of Blue House Boarding. Lowery thinks of it as, “We get to have puppies year round. That’s the way I look at it. If we did not take in these two beagles, if they didn’t have a place to go, they would be euthanized.”
For more information, follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/BlueHouseBoarding/, or visit their website at, http://blue-house-boarding.business.site/
Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450