What I Wish I Would Have Known About Fostering

 

I wish I would have known to buy more paper towels than expected.
And more toys.
And more blankets.

I wish I would have known how Mark and I’s conversations would shift.
Late nights snuggled in bed have morphed to cheering on puppies who are slowly figuring out house-training.
“They both peed!” Mark exclaims now.
My reply is always. “Yay! Go puppies!”

I wish I would have known to buy baby gates first.
A life with couch potatoes made me forget how agile and fast a little terrier can be and how slow we are.

I wish I would have known to take a little break between puppy groups.
You always need time to be thankful for your house-trained, crate-trained dogs who are so kind to your fosters.
Plus, you know, sleep.

I wish I would have known how hard it would be to say goodbye to some of them.
“Maybe his adoption will fall through.” Mark whispered to me, as I cuddled one of our puppies.

I wish I would have known the absolute joy of seeing the same dog in a wonderful, loving home.
“Thank you for our best friend.”
“She’s perfect.”

If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have hesitated.  It’s such a joy to care for and save another life.  If you’re thinking about fostering, try it.

 

 

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