Here is the original message from the foster after inquiries about visiting. There has also been a previous issue about how the husband (XX) has handled dogs in the past.
Hi XXXXXXX, I emailed with XXXXXX and I understand what this is about now. Photos of the fosters are not really the reason you wanted to come out here. XX can take good photos and XXXXX knows that. I am sorry that the vet felt the need to contact you about XX at his clinic the other day, I don't know what happened but I do know that XX is great with dogs, the dogs love him (our 6 adopted dogs and our fosters) and he would NEVER hurt a dog even if I wasn't around to kill him if he tried. He loves dogs as much as I do. Elliot was the dog he took to the vet and Elliot was so excited when XX took him out to play in the snow this evening. XX is firmer than I am. He doesn't let the dogs jump up on him and he won't let them pull the leash, he will tug them back... but he doesn't hurt them, curse at them, yell or them or anything like that. he has plenty of faults but I always tell XXXXXX if he treated me as nicely as he treats the dogs, I'd be in a much better place. I wish I knew what is supposed to have happened at the vet. It contradicts what I am hearing. The vet tells XX that Elliot is doing well and keep on with the meds for 3 more weeks. He tells you he is getting worse instead of better. I can assure you that he is way better. I was in tears to XXXXXX two weeks ago when his mange was so bad he was bleeding and scratching like crazy. Now he has a few baldish patches but the hair is growing in and he is not even scratching anymore so I am not having to give him benadryl.
I realize you don't know us and you have reasons to be concerned but if you are not comfortable believing XXXXX or hearing great feedback from adopters about wonderful healthy dogs being delivered to them, that I fatten up and get shining coats on... then I am willing to pull back and foster elsewhere. I do not want you worrying that any XXX dog is not getting the best care it can have. The XXXX dogs here eat raw (cooked in the kennel microwave until it is just brown), Avoderm, Costco salmon kibble, fresh butcher bones, chicken jerky, milk bones, Costco biscuits, fresh mackerel, hardboiled eggs, cheddar cheese cubes and always, always have fresh water and clean blankets. and are never more than 2 hours between crate breaks. Last potty break at about 1am... first potty break at about 7:30am. I dedicate my days to the pups. everything else has gone to pot but the pups here get the best care and attention I can give them and XX helps. He does not see them much during the week as he works 12 hour days but he helps me with the meet and greets as he is more intuitive as to what the dog is feeling and if the place/people are right for the dog.
If you want to get with us sometime, maybe we can get together... maybe we can bring a dog or two to your home but you cannot come here. XX is extremely private and agreed 3 yrs ago to my fostering so long as it is did not mean invasion of his privacy. He bought a house out here, off the main track, on a dead end to be away from people. he is rather reclusive and keeps himself to himself. he keeps busy with projects and is happy with dogs in his life instead of people.
You can email me at XXXXXXXXXX if you want more clarification but to scrutinize the way we care for dogs... XXXX or any ... is unnecessary. To worry how XX is with dogs is ridiculous, he is probably better with them than I am, I am too soft. They listen to him and love his attention. I have NEVER seen a dog cower or hide from him and I have NEVER seen him hurt a dog. talk a bit gruff yes. tell me to stop them barking, YES. but that is about as far as it goes. He was the one driving in the snow storm in Nov, 5 trips total, to get the pups to SSV to save them when I had the parvo outbreak.
He is the one that carried a pregnant sadie to our car to get to Gig Harbor and he built the welping pen for mom and pups.
He used to raise shepherds and has been around horses and dogs all his life. There is nothing at all to worry about.
You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.