One of the things I talk about a lot is the emotional toll fostering has. It’s not easy but it’s SO rewarding, the rewards out weigh my heart hurting/breaking when one gets adopted. I have been so fortunate to have met so many amazing families/people who have adopted my fosters and so many have stayed in touch. I am so grateful to those who have.
Here is an update, on the amazing dogs I have helped get to their forever homes and live happily ever after.
- Dougie (now Beo)
My first foster, a stray from Dominican Republic , who had been bullied by other dogs and beaten by people. Scared of everything from dogs, my cats, people to even snow banks. I had him for 7 weeks, when his family came along. Now – this amazing dog is best friends with his feline brother, is a daddy’s boy and Grandpa is one of his favourite people.
2. Marti (party pup)
Marti was from Tennessee, he was a young lab mix, and although he and his litter were dumped and left to die, he was rescued and we estimated he was only about 1-2 years old. I had Marti for a week before his family found him and it was love at first site for them all. Adopted by a family with triplet boys and a daughter, the kids love Marti as much today as they did when they first me him two years ago and he is only too happy to accept their love!
Dumped in the Everglades with her brother to survive on her own, Hanna was with me for only one day when her family wanted to meet her. One week late she was adopted by a young family, with two young sons. Hanna is so proud of her family and watches her “siblings” like a hawk, knowing they are her kids. Hanna and her family recently took in a foster and did a great job helping Stella find her forever home. I’m so proud of them for paying it forward and I also know how very kind hearted Hanna’s mom is. I was her “sponsor” to ensure she didn’t fail (not that being a foster fail is a bad thing!).
My foster fail…….enough said! LOL. She’s loving life in B.C. and is constantly surprising me with her youthful spirit.
5. Lucy (my Lulu)
Lucy was from Mexico, adopted out as a pup, and surrendered at 3 years old because her parents are assholes (that’s my opinion anyway!). Lucy was with us for a long time, 7 months, she was unsure of anyone she met, until she met her family. Lucy’s dad passed away suddenly about 6 months after she was adopted, but she and her mom are doing well. I truly believe Lucy was waiting to find the family who needed her most, she is such a special spirit.
6. Ben (my button/now Doug)
This little guy was my boggle dog, his head looked so much bigger than the rest of his body! That is until his mom got him healthy and strong! Ben was with me for about 2 months when he met his family. He is currently recovering from minor surgery, he had dewclaws removed from his back legs and a cyst on his tail needed to be removed. He’s causing his mom a lot of grief pulling his sutures (and then replacement staples out), but he’s loved and adored. He and his mom are also paying it forward and have also taken to fostering to help other dogs be as lucky as Ben is!
7. Daisy (my Roo)
Sweet Daisy was 10 weeks old when I got her. I had her for just a couple weeks when a friend of mine adopted her!! She is having a great life and is growing into a beautiful young lady. She has an older brother Bailey and sadly her feline brother, Alex, passed away this week. I’m sure Daisy will provide lots of comfort for her mom.
8. Willie and Bambi (now Vanya)
My twins as I called them! Willie and Bambi came to me from Antique at about 7 months old. They were such fun fosters. Unfortunately they were not adopted together but both have been adopted by amazing homes.
Bambi, has been adopted by a lovely couple and their teenage son. She is still a little minx and finds mischief every where. Her mom messages me often with updates on her antics and knows I know all too well what it’s like to have a Potcake with that much confidence (see Flipflop blogs!). And we both know that “sorry mom” look they give when they’ve misbehaved but were having too much fun to stop when we try to get them to!
I knew Bambi would be ok no matter where she ended up. But I worried about Willie, he was such a follower and so unsure of anything unless his sister was there. Willie’s mom “watched hours of Ceaser Milan videos” and worked hard to help Willie get his confidence. And confidence he got! Willie loves everyone and everything. He loves to play with other dogs and will run up to any dog to play and socialize, he no longer needs his sister to feel safe, he’s got his mom and he knows he’s safe now.
9. Solo – by far the most popular foster to date
Solo’s past is horrid, but when he met his family, they knew! Actually his mom said she knew from the moment she saw his photo. When Solo got adopted, he was starting to show signs of confidence and being a real dog, but I knew he still had so much more in him. And I was right.
His mom and I chat a lot because every day is such an amazing day with Solo. He’s no longer afraid of people, he loves everyone. And he especially loves playing chase and wrestling with his canine brother, Rome.
Solo is a dog now, he’s goofy, loves to play and has picked his person! His teenage sister, Mya (who interestingly, he growled the most at when meeting the family). Solo’s family also wants to get more involved and potentially foster down the road, but they recognize Solo still has a lot of adapting to do in his new life before starting down that path.
To me this is what rescue is all about, the front line rescuers take these dogs from horrific situations, and nurture them and help them get healthy and then us fosters come in. We love them and start the ground work of what life in a loving home is like. This is where Flipflop and Dahlia are amazing helpers too! And then the family comes, it’s bitter sweet but so worth it.
I feel so honoured that these amazing families stay in touch with me, because I have fallen in love with and still love their dogs And I love these families too, for giving these sweet souls the best lives!
Unfortunately, not all my families are in touch, but these dogs still enter my thoughts all the time. Every foster takes a piece of my heart! So here’s to Lola, Tess and Rose, I know they were adopted by amazing families and I’m sure are having the best life!!