Monday, June 25, 2007


My Foster Dog is an awfully sweet story from the Best of Craigslist. It makes me think of the many volunteers who efforts went into rescuing Pappy; those we met and those we didn't. For fellow dog loons it is well worth the read.


Gus said...

Thank you...some of our dogs come to foster care in better shape than the one she/he writes about. All of them are fortunate to go to people who are willing to help them on the next step to a loving family.

Kudos to those who foster.
gussies muzzer

Pappy's Fella said...

Pappy definitely didn't have as hard a life as that dog, but the enthusiasm with which the foster owner places the dog really resonates with my experience. Our volunteers at WeCare4Paws were so happy and excited for us when we went to meet "Fritz" and take him home.

laurie said...

both of our dogs are rescue dogs. one was from the pound (and had been rejected by a previous family) and the other was from a farm--the owner had planned to drown the puppies so a neighboring farmer took them and found homes for them.

Pappy's Fella said...

Your situation brings to mind a dilemma I have. I struggle to form an unwavering opinion on surrendering pets. The puppy drowning thing is decidedly uncool, but the family giving up the dog isn't as black and white for me. I've known a lot of good, diligent families who were simply outmatched by their dog. This is why I really admire rescue groups that make it clear that they will nonjudgementally take back any dogs that aren't a good pairing with the new owners. Let's face it, if our dogs hadn't been rehomed, they never would have gotten to us.

Frasypoo said...

I' m glad we got Frasier.He went to a bunch of places before we got him.I will always be grateful to the couple who rescued him.It always send shudders down my spine but they rescued Frasier on the 5thday(when he was going to be put down).It makes me cry when I think of the ifs and buts!

Dachsies Rule said...

Mom fostered three dogs. Aunt Bec owns two of them and Andy is the third. She realized she didn't have the ability to let us go so she helps in other ways. She has great respect for foster families. The ones she knows say that it does break your heart to see them go but it is balanced by the fact that the dog has his own home and now they can save another one.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Pappy's Fella said...

We know so little about Pappy's rescue, because the group we worked with was fostering him for a rehab rescue group and had only had him for a day or two. The most we really know is that the rehab rescue group is called Last Chance Animal Resuce-- a little ominous.

Fostering is a tough job. It seems like many are responsible for assessing the bona fides of potential owners, and how do you ensure that you are being fair? Not every good owner would be eloquent, and some bad owners could guess the right answers. And when you have that kind of devotion to the animal, how do you make the process easy enough that you aren't chasing good candidates to the puppy mills while still keeping up your commitment to this animal? It's a lot, and thanks for your work.