Over the last 15 years our family has been active and dedicated to rescue. Our family has fostered over 70 dogs in our home and I am always touched when I hear an update or just gain new “family” due to the bonds we share from connecting the perfect companion with a family. You can see some of our stories here.
People often say that they could never foster due to the sadness of letting the dog or cat go. I look at it as a gift. Sure I shed many tears over many of our fosters…. well some more than others…. but the joy I feel when it is the perfect match for a family is powerful!
This past weekend was a great example of this. I met with a family with adopted a German shepherd to 12 years ago! Although this special boy has passed we have kept in touch. Milo was an amazing gentle soul. I remember getting the call about a German shepherd who had been shot several times with a bb gun in 2001. He had chronic ear infections and dietary restrictions. Milo was estimated to be about 7 or 8 when he came into rescue. Finding the perfect family to take on a “special” dog is not always easy but there is someone for everyone. Milo’s perfect family already had a German shepherd (Pebbles) from our rescue and it was a match made in heaven. Milo was well loved until he passed in 2005. It has been a gift to be connected with this family (even virtually) over this year. Meeting this weekend really emphasized for me the special bonds we share when we help complete a family.
Fostering dogs touches lives in a way you never really know until you experience it. Being a stepping stone for a dog towards their “happily ever after” is a gift and honor and hard work! But when you see the perfect match and a complete family you know in your heart that all the challenges and successes you shared with that animal for your brief time were well worth it!