We love our foster dogs just as much as we love our own dogs.
We will do anything in our capacity to ensure that our foster dogs are successfully prepared for life with and the transition to another family.
We cry, out of sadness - because we love them so - and joy - because we love them so - at the thought of our dogs moving onto their furever families.
We gladly accept the immense and deeply gratifying work - emotionally, physically, mentally and even sometimes financially - that comes with being a foster parent.
We understand and do not take lightly the incredible trust that is placed in us to prepare these dogs for their lives with another family.[bp_related_article]
We delight in our foster dogs blossoming in our own homes. We delight even more in their growth in their furever homes.
We celebrate our foster dogs' journey with us with the awareness of what is best for them, which many times involves them being adopted out of our homes.
We do not ask for thanks nor recognition, just for people to be understanding and supportive of our decision to see our foster dogs adopted by another family.
We do not foster because it is easy.
We foster because we know that by doing so, these incredible dogs who we are so lucky to share in a part of their lives, are given a chance to not only live but to thrive and to know the joys of love and life with a family permanently.
We believe that it is an honor to be a foster parent - and it is.Dogs are quite possibly the most pure form of love on this planet. I feel that it is one of the saddest facts of life that they live such short lives in comparison to ours. However, if we are lucky enough to know the love of a dog through fostering, then we should be lucky enough to be shown the same kind of compassion by others that our foster dogs continually and naturally show to us. When you talk to or about a foster parent, please see us as our foster dogs see us. As a person who gives them love, security, a home, and as a person who teaches them how to be best dog they can be. But most importantly, please be mindful before commenting about foster parents and their foster dogs and what you believe should or should not be done. As foster parents, we will always act in the best interest of our beloved foster dogs. When you see a foster dog who is so loved and happy and well-adjusted in our homes and think that is why we should keep them, that is the exact reason why we should facilitate them being adopted into their furever home. We have done our jobs and we have done them well and now our foster dogs are ready for the next step in their journey. And as they are ready, we are ready, too. We are ready to let go, to allow them the happiness of a family that we always dreamed of for them and we are ready to foster another dog and do this all over again. ***The dog featured in these photos is Ellie, the author's former foster dog, who was happily adopted into her furever family in April 2015 after sharing a home with Levity for seven months.***