Sunday, March 17, 2013

Update on Mr. Murray and some thoughts on fostering

First, Murray. He went to the vet this week and is doing well. His bone infection cleared up and he won't need his pin removed. The biggest hurdle for him is the pelvic fractures. He will be back at the vet in a month.....it will be a few months before he can be with other dogs. Right now he has fun......

Playing with his lion....
and removing his ear!!!!
He is doing great considering, it's basically a waiting game with him.
I just wanted to give my thoughts on fostering a dog. When I first started working rescue over five years ago I had never had a dog. I didn't know the first thing about dogs or rescue.A few months after I adopted Lizzy our director asked me if I'd consider fostering a dog. I was OK with giving a check, but didn't really know if I wanted to bring another dog into my home at that time. I told her OK , and my first foster was Atlas. He walked into my house and proceeded to pee on my wall and carpet. I figured I would bring him right back, but spent a day thinking about that. I realized he hadn't spent much time in a home......he needed me to provide structure and rules. I did that for him and he went to a wonderful forever home. I took TJ and Tank as my dogs but continued to take fosters. If you say that's too much trouble, I am single and usually have four dogs at my house.....it's not too much trouble. You provide something they can't get at rescue, a home environment. You teach them the things they will need to move on to their new permanent home. I have had many fosters over the years and the most rewarding thing is getting notes and pictures from their new family. Sometimes it's hard to let them go , but they are going to a much better place. If you can't help a rescue in any other way they need you as a foster. Just remember that when you help a dog, another stuck at animal control on death row will get a chance. Please, no matter where you are reading this blog, open your heart and consider fostering.....most rewarding thing you will ever do!!!!
A great foster story tomorrow...
Have a great day!!!

10 comments:

  1. Well pawed, happy st. patty's day,

    RA

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  2. Thanks for the reminder. We desperately need fosters Even temporary fosters!! Pat

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    1. Husky Haven always needs fosters...if you are in the Houston area and can help , please let me know!!!

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  3. Thanks for bringing attention to a cause I have become passionate about, Beth.
    I knew fostering would be rewarding and I knew it would be tough. What I didn't count on was just how much joy I would REALLY get from it. Their time with us is fleeting but, it is so wonderful to watch the personalities emerge in the family setting! Every dog I foster steals my heart but, I get a part of theirs in return. Knowing that my family helps prepare them for another family that can provide love, exercise and stimulation is incredible. I love fostering and I can't imagine NOT doing it!

    I hope more people will open their hearts and homes and try fostering. It's not heartbreaking. It fills your heart to see a successful placement. It's just one of the best things ever!

    Denise

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    1. It is one of the best things ever...I wish more people would foster!!!!

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  4. That's beautiful!I'm not in a position right now to foster but have in the past :)

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    1. Hopefully you will in the future, Max....nice to meet you!!!!

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  5. That is a wonderful thing to do. Cheers and high 5 to you. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly...have a great day!!!!

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