Other than the obvious reasons, like my child, my family, our health…I would like to share a few reasons why I feel I am blessed!
So, here we go, in no particular order….
I have the two best dogs in the world! Ok, so I may be a little biased, but seriously, they are awesome. Lucy is instantly best friends with every dog that has come through our door. She is submissive, yet confident. Her good nature rubs off on the foster dogs, and helps them feel at ease right away. Oscar, well if you’ve been following my blog for long, you know how much I love that guy! He has motivated me to be a pit bull advocate, which I will honestly say I never was before he came into my life. And….proud mama moment….he passed his CGC test last night!!! He initially failed by missing ONE part, but the instructor lets you take it again if there was only one error. And thanks to a wonderful dog named Wrangler & his owner who helped, Oscar passed the test!
Reason #2: I get to have these adorable dogs look up to me, lovingly and adoringly, for absolutely no reason other than the fact that I gave them a home to hang out in! I truly feel that I’ve impacted their lives, even if it was only by being the first person to show them what true love is all about.
Reason #3: I’ve wondered from time to time if the foster dogs would really remember me, but I have decided now that they most certainly do. Thanks to the training class Oscar was in, I had the pleasure of spending 6 weeks with two of my previous fosters, Lola & Hambone. I got to see them once a week, and I just can’t explain to you how happy it made my heart to see these two dogs, who clearly remembered and were happy to see me! Both of them would get all wiggly when I walked up to them; or I’d catch Lola staring across the parking lot at me with her goofy grin, waiting for me to wave to her; other times, I’d be sitting down getting Oscar settled, and Hambone would walk over to put his hound nose right in my face. And besides getting this love from them, it was awesome to see how far they have come, and wonderful skills they have come to learn. I will very much miss seeing them every week, and I will cherish the time I had with them. So many times, you have to say goodbye to your foster dog, knowing that you will likely never see them in person again. How lucky am I to have gotten these special 6 weeks with at least two of my foster babies!
Reason #4: Through fostering, I have learned so much, and now have become an important part of Last Hope Rescue. I have met some fantastic ladies, too! Ladies that I now truly call friends. It is a wonderful thing when you meet other people that have the same passion you do, and you get along well too!
Reason #5: I have a unique job where I am allowed to work from home, even though my office is located in Central Florida. This means I get to see my son every day, taking him to and from school. He never has to ride the bus, and never has to go to after school care. This also means that I am in a great position to foster. In fact, if I wasn’t working from home, Petey may never have come into our lives. Being able to foster has been such an amazing experience, not only for me and for Jayden, but for my dogs too. I absolutely love seeing the way my dogs bond with the foster dogs in their own ways. Lucy, for example, tends to have a stronger bond with the adult male dogs. Lola was the first female dog she would even let cuddle with her! Oscar tends to like the puppies more. It is so sweet to see their bonds strengthen over time, and I am blessed to be a part of their lives!
Yup, it’s a fact, I am blessed!!
Has a certain dog in your life made you feel blessed? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway! You can do that by checking out this post: Giveaway Time!
*If you are interested in finding out more about Last Hope Rescue’s foster program, click on the link to read their list of FAQ’s about fostering! http://www.lasthoperescue.org/volunteer/foster-a-dog/faq-to-becoming-a-foster-home/