Early in May, Monika Momiyama saw Floyd, an adorable brown teddy bear-like fluffy small dog with radar-dish ears and one slightly droopy eye, up for adoption through the Tri Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) and reposted him on her Instagram and Facebook pages, and this is where the story of the magic of #OperationFindFloydAHome through social media began.
May 9th Instagram post: “Met Floyd today at the Pleasanton Farmer’s Market. He is such a sweetie, totally mellow, and so adorable. Check him out at TVAR.org! Let’s find him a home! Please, repost! #OperationFindFloydAHome”
Facebook post: “Got to meet Floyd! He is amazing! So mellow! Exactly like a stuffed animal. He needs a foster or adoption. He’s being kenneled right now.” Comments followed and the adorable picture of Floyd was posted and reposted.
May 16th Instagram post: “Floyd got a haircut! Could he be any cuter??? Submitted our application to foster him. Now, we really need to find him a home. Please, please re-post!!!”
May 18th Instagram post: “Just got word we will be fostering FLOYD! Let’s find him a home forever home soon! TVAR.org for more info! Free adoptions this wkd!!! Please, please repost!!!”
May 19th Facebook post: “And, we are ready for a 3-dog night.” The idea of Floyd being kenneled did not sit well with Monika, who had obviously bonded with him at first sight, so not only did she become his advocate for adoption, she became his foster mom. She was understandably nervous at integrating him into her established two-dog pack at home. In the comments that followed, she reported that her other dogs were adjusting well. A friend joked that her small dog Friday would have a friend his own size, and when asked how her larger dog Bella reacted, she replied, “She didn’t seem put out. She often lies turned away… I think it’s how she protects us.”
Facebook post later that day: “Things have settled a bit. They’re letting me get some work done.” Coupled with pictures of all three dogs relaxing, both small dogs – Floyd and Friday – on cushy dog beds, and the big dog Bella on the kitchen floor. Friends joked that the big dog let the little ones push her around.
Third Facebook post of the day: “Dinner prep audience.” Floyd and Bella are pictured side by side looking expectantly for their meals. There is a bit of banter about “foster failure” because Monika really does seem to be attached to the guy that fits so well into her pack, but she assures Facebook that “He ain’t stayin’ permanently!” and confesses, “I admit that I am more in love with him now than when he was only an online presence, but I feel I’m under loving my permanent pups.”
And so the 10-day journey that is highlighted in the accompany slideshow began with daily posts of Floyd and his adventures in his foster home. Not only is Floyd an adorable, photogenic pup, but Monika, who obviously has a heart for him, beautifully captures his personality and never stops advocating for him and his forever home.
Her social media friends (including me) and family were captured by Floyd and did as she asked: “Post and repost.” Soon Floyd was far and wide and within the month Monika made the announcement that Floyd had found his forever home.
May 30th Facebook post: “I am happy to report that, in the end, there were three suitable homes for our lil Floyd. His new home sounds perfect for him; work from home dad, mom works close to home, teenage daughter, and two furry siblings. I know you all shared in my love of this little guy. Thank you for sharing my posts! I’m so happy and grateful that we were able to help him out. Side note: I did not find this family. TVAR.org works tirelessly to take care of and find homes for many furry loves.”
Comments poured in following Floyd’s announced adoption that included:
- “Pls keep us posted on sweet Floyd!!”
- “Yay Floyd!!! Team Floyd here.”
- “I am so excited he is getting adopted. I have been watching every day.”
- “Congratulations Floyd! Thank you for the update Monika – I will miss seeing pics of this darling boy!!”
- “On to the next foster so we can live vicariously through you.”
And my personal favorite,
- “Omg Omg Omg….. Floyd found his home!!!! I must say this boy captured my heart since Day 1 and I rooted & shared about many times, not so secretly wishing I could take him myself. Congratulations new family! …. I think he should have is own page so all his fans can follow him! ‘Facebook Floyd’.”
Fittingly, there is a post of Floyd cuddling on the couch (posted on TVAR’s Facebook page) with a member of his new family, who seems to be a fan of social media, as she is pictured scrolling through her phone. The post reads, “We are so blessed to have been chosen to be Floyd’s new family. He is such a love and fits in nicely with our other two dogs. He enjoys being part of a pack on & off the couch.”
Regarding her experience, Monika summarizes:
Best Mother’s Day present ever! Giving love and shelter to this little lovebug, Floyd! I’d fallen in love with him online and my kid thought it would be great for me to meet him, and maybe bring him home. He was even more amazing in person, but our dog card was full. But then I learned he was staying in a kennel, and I couldn’t handle that. So we decided to foster him. Floyd left today after cuddling us for 10 days. Paws crossed his adoption goes through, but our doggie door will always be open for him. Fostering has been a great experience for the whole family. To love another being and then to let go… It is a growth experience.