10 Jul Stealing our Hearts
This week at Smart Pups …
When I am out and about with our dogs I am often approached by members of the public who say they would like to foster a dog, BUT …. And the but is always the same, they would not be able to give the dog back.
I certainly know dogs have a way of stealing our hearts, however short the friendship. This week I had the privilege of attending our latest graduation breakfast, not as a trainer but as a foster. One of the many, including the inmates of Maryborough Correctional Centre who got to know and care for Gypsy.
Yes, it does take a special person to be willing to give a piece of their heart to a dog they know won’t be theirs forever. Yes, it is such bittersweet day when they leave us. And yes, as one foster described it recently they do ‘leave a dog shaped hole in our hearts’, upon departure.
BUT …and here is another but …..look what they do when they leave us! They change lives. Sometimes even save lives. This is not just a hope it is a fact. The stories of the difference they make are amazing and heart-warming. I am looking forward to sharing them with you through this blog.
As a parent I see fostering in the same way as raising children. We love them, they are such a huge part of our lives, we guide them, instruct them and nurture them as they grow, but in the end we want them to go out into the world, to make their own way and to make us proud.
So, I urge you, if you are one of those people who think they could help but are afraid of saying goodbye, think again please. How small and insignificant our needs for canine company and love are compared to the needs of families with special needs kids. How proud would you feel to know you have helped make such a difference?
Thankfully unlike children dogs grow up quickly, and never talk back! And finally, our loyal fosters will tell you there is a cure that mends that dog shaped hole. A new pup, needing a foster home! So instead of holes in your heart you end up with dimples, where each pup stole a little love, but left behind rich memories that make fostering one of the most rewarding volunteer roles out there.