Twice this has happened to me. Twice I have met (virtually), fallen in love and jumped through the hoops to adopt a dog. Only to have their foster families pull them out of the deal at the very last minute. I have fostered dogs and know how hard it is to hand them on to their forever home - no matter how wonderful the new family is, it's tough to say goodbye. I have also been a foster failure. But I never, ever waited until a family had chosen her to pull the rug out from under them. I knew within a week that she was staying with me and I was making the commitment to give her a home for the rest of her life.
I am trying not to let this put me off adopting another dog from a rescue group. And I am definitely still welcoming Lovey into our group. Thank goodness her foster mom is willing to let her come to us. If there is a small, snuggly dog in my future, he or she will come to me. But I am not going to Alabama to find him or her.
And that's all I'm saying about that.