WRITE A BIOGRAPHY FOR YOUR FOSTER DOG
Tell the story of your foster dog, or tell a story about something that he or she does. Include some personality traits and activities the dog likes. Describe the type of home you think he or she might fit into best. The more specific you can be about your foster dog, the more likely he or she will find the right match.
Send the write-up and the photos for approval to the Dog Listing Coordinator, at email@example.com. Once approved, the bio will be posted on the BRBCR website, our Petfinder page, and social media.
Usually just one write-up is needed. However, if your foster dog does not seem to be attracting much interest, or if the dog has changed a lot since the write-up was posted, you may want to compose an update or even rewrite the biography.
Use the following format to create your foster dog’s biography:
This information will appear first in your dog’s bio.
- DOG’S NAME
- ACTIVITY LEVEL
Go to the BRBCR website and read several posted biographies to get some ideas. Include positive behaviors (alert, playful, loves toys, athletic, eager to please, herding drive) and possible negative behaviors (noise phobia, further training needs, OCD behaviors).
Address whether the dog is…
- Good with children
- Best with older children
- Protective of family
- Protective of food bowl/bones/toys
- Good with other dogs/cats/livestock
- Has health or medical needs
Indicate any fencing requirements or restrictions.
Use adjectives to help give the dog more personality:
- Very intelligent
- Beautifully Marked
- Classic markings
- Fast & Agile
- Very huggable
Include information and qualities that make the dog more adoptable:
- Loves to ride in a car
- Already obedience trained
- Already house trained
- Great with kids
- Loves toys
- Catches and retrieves balls
- Gives hugs
- Catches Frisbee
- Walks well on a leash
- Comes when called
- Loves water
- Likes to swim
- Loves treats
- Loves to be brushed
- Easy to train
- Knows tricks like: Sit, down, roll over, catch treat, play dead, etc.
Include the email address that you would like applicants to contact you by. If you do not want your personal email address to be publicized, you can use BRBCR’s gmail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send at least three pictures of the dog that are in original, unedited size and format. Try to take the photos from an angle that puts the camera at the same level as the dog’s eyes, instead of holding the camera looking down on the dog.
Good pictures are better than a thousand words! Try to get a face view, a whole body view, and an ‘action’ shot with a toy or another dog/cat. All that helps attract people to read more about your dog. People love seeing pictures of dogs with toys or dogs doing something. One trick to getting a good, happy-face photo is to take a few pictures after your foster dog has had just enough exercise to make him/her pant a little bit.