She said that she would adopt Tippy (now known as Colleen) if she didn't already have her border collie, but she couldn't have two big dogs in the house. Plus, her boyfriend is not an animal lover, and wasn't thrilled with the thought of a second dog (I never met him, so I think they don't live together).
I understand that in 3 months she got attached, especially since Colleen was near death when she found her, but it was her choice ot hand her to foster her for animal control instead of keep her. She did not have the money to treat Colleen's mange, and didn't think she wanted another dog, so she was fine with just being a foster.
What worries me most is that she said twice Colleen got loose and ran into the street, in front of cars. If she did not have $300 to pay to treat mange, how could she afford to pay for surgery to save her life, if she gets hit next time?
I just wrote her a 4 page letter telling her how happy Colleen is (calling her Colleen every time) and how well she is adjusting. I also mentioned that we are going to petsmart this week to buy brushes and to ask about grooming prices. I didn't want to let her know that I knew she wanted Colleen back, so I decided the best way to try and deter her is to make her feel guilty about wanting Colleen back when she is so happy and by mentioning how much work (and how much money) grooming will cost. Grooming doesn't matter to me at all, I don't mind. But she doesn't seem the type to want to do it, and I don't think she can afford to pay for it, so maybe it will work.
Yes, I know I am being mean by bragging about how happy Colleen is. But she had her chance to keep her, and didn't want her. I don't want to lose her, and I am trying any polite way I can think of to make it clear that I love her and don't want to give her up.