Like so many in the northeast, I have been in hiding, surfacing only when necessary (like when I need provisions or dog needs to do her business). I hate this weather with a passion and would give anything to go somewhere warm for a week where I could soak up some sun.
I’ve taken on a lot of extra freelance work which has been helpful because i just sent the IRS a buttload of money and I am in desperate need of four wheels. If you happen to be the not-so-proud-owner of a functioning clunker, you may have found a buyer.
Last weekend Bryan and I were visited by a very sweet family looking to add a furry friend to their brood. The young couple wanted to see how Penelope would get along with their two-year-old boy. I wasn’t surprised to see her turn on the charm, snuggle in for belly rubs from momma, and cozy up to the father for treats. Despite the fact that they left and said they would need a few days to sleep on it, the mom called just a few hours later to tell me they wanted her.
I was elated. Our sweet girl was going to a forever home! I told her how happy the news made me and how lucky she was to adopt such an amazing dog. We finalized plans to meet this coming weekend, when Bryan returned from a work trip.
I hung up the phone and began crying. I guess that’s the thing about fostering–as much as I want to keep her (and the others we’ve had over the past year), I knew in my heart that my calling is to find a placement for as many of them as I can. Hopefully one day when we move and have more space (with a fenced-in backyard) we’ll be able to have a permanent dog and another foster at all times.
When I saw my aunt and uncle recently and told them about Penelope and fostering in general, my uncle (a man of very few words) said that I really needed to find a way to work with animals in my career. As he said over dinner, “I have never seen you so passionate about anything else in your life.”
I can’t stop thinking about his words. In a year where I want to experience new growth in my career, with my blog, and in my personal relationships, I want to find a way to do all that I can for our furry little friends, too. And so, I wanted to start by spreading the word about fostering which I urge any animal lover to try from their local shelter. The most rewarding part about this program is seeing a dog overcome shyness and learn to trust again. Penelope has some emotional scarring and wouldn’t let us pick her up for weeks. Just the other day, she cozied into Bryan’s lap and he gently picked her up and rocked her midair. No freakout!
Sometimes there are just no words.
If you happen to be in the north New Jersey area, I urge you to check out Liberty Humane Society, which has some of the kindest folks you’ll ever meet. Take some dogs for a walk (or snuggle a kitten!) and know that with every animal you bring home, you are not only clearing a spot in a cage, you also relieve the shelter of having an extra mouth to feed.
Have a question about fostering? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!