This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rover.com. All opinions are entirely my own.
The other day I read the story of the starfish over the phone to my mother. She was desperate to console a friend who had recently lost her dog to a long battle with kidney failure, and she couldn’t come up with the right words. If you’re not familiar with the short story, here it is:
(Many thanks to Renne of Forever Joy Designs for the image!)
This story is used frequently to describe the importance of fostering and adopting from overcrowded shelters. The desire to take in all dogs is overwhelming (believe me!) and sometimes it’s heartbreaking because it’s just not possible to save them all. And yet, the idea that we are helping just one animal is what keeps many of us going.
Because it makes a difference to that one.
I’d like to introduce you to a very special senior pet that Bryan and I recently picked up from Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. Her name is Hannah and she’s approximately an 8-year-old corgi mix from Beaumont, TX. She was taken in from the shelter before Harvey in an effort to keep animals displaced closer to home—so the hope is she can now find her forever home in New Jersey. She has made a complete 180 over the past few days and has really blossomed—she is the cutest little spitfire.
We don’t know much about her history, sadly, but after a short amount of time, we’ve learned the following:
She likes the Real Housewives of OC
Not too crazy about Game of Thrones (or perhaps it’s just the loud booming soundtrack she’s not into)
Likes long walks in the rain
LOVES belly rubs and attention
Is maybe a bit attention-hungry, but wouldn’t you be after 3 days in a crowded truck??
Loves the feel of sand on her paws
Does not enjoy bath time
Is partial to cheese and peanut butter
Not reactive to barking dogs but still a bit skittish when it comes to loud, unfamiliar sounds
She had a very successful meet-and-greet over the weekend and we are just waiting to introduce her to a potential sister. If they get along, she may soon have a brand-new and very loving family so keep your paws crossed!
Obviously Hannah is one of the lucky ones, but there are so many animals in Texas and now Florida that desperately need rescuing. I’d like to introduce everyone to a potentially life-saving website for animal lovers that could help in disaster situations.
Rover.com offers services for every dog—from pet sitting and boarding to dog walking and doggie daycare. Now more than ever this is a crucial site that can help when you are hit with the unexpected. Sitters must first be approved by a team of specialists to ensure all pets are in the best hands possible. In addition, you can rest easy with updates throughout the day of your pet. This is clearly a site that has been created by dog lovers, for dog lovers, and I love the care and attention they provide for our beloved babies.
Have you ever used Rover before? Stop by and check out some of their amazing services (they even have a Rover cam!). (Side note: if you EVER have any questions about fostering, I’m always available to help! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me–firstname.lastname@example.org!).