Why I do this...
I am the proud foster of 17 dogs and counting here are 17 reasons why I'm asking for your donations.
1. Sailor fostered 6/22/16 - 6/27/16 I wanted to keep him. I had fallen in love fast, he was mellow, sweet, quick to learn and I still think of him often.
2. & 3. Billionaire pups Gates (6/29 - 7/9/16) & Buffett (6/29 - 7/16/16) I still remember one of the families being so excited to adopt and having great Chicago-related names in mind. The joy in their boys eyes when they adopted him melted my heart.
4. Berkeley 10/1/16 - 2/9/17. He was my first medical dog needing double hip surgery at 6 months old. The rescue didn't even blink when told he would need a $10,000+ surgery. This boy is living the dream with a beautiful family who still send me updates.
5. Valentine pup Amore 2/14/17 - 2/25/17. Picked up on Valentine's day this girl was a fluffy love ball. She was so goofy and playful. Her mom adores her and the updates of her silly self are one of my favorite things to see pop up in my email.
6. & 7. Noelle (3/14/17 - 3/25/17) & Jules (3/14 - 4/8) These two sisters were a handful to begin with. Noelle was SO observant and quiet. Jules won the hearts of my employer's family and I am so lucky to still be connected to her to this day through updates.
8. Seinfeld pup Puddy (4/8/17 - 5/3/17) My first true heartbreaking foster. He was the unicorn of puppies. Sweet, quiet, mellow and the biggest cuddler. He was diagnosed with an uncurable condition that the rescue tried their hardest to fix. He lived out his life adopted by another foster family who gave him the best life possible.
9. Wonka pup Violet (4/15 - 5/13) She made me a believer in Belgian Malinois breeds. So smart, loyal and obedient puppy. I envy the family who adopted her.
10. Dixon (5/13 - 6/3) my challenging boy who did things they way he wanted when he wanted, but could melt any frustration away with a simple look.
11. Cagney (7/26 - 8/9) my first foster loss. This girl and her sister came to me and in a whirlwind of chaos and medical issues that were too far passed fixing I had to let her go. My biggest regret is not cuddling her more.
12. Lacey (7/26/2017 - 6/16/2018) Cagney's sister who survived distemper and parvo and my longest foster to date. Almost a YEAR fostering this special girl, trying to get her the medical care she needed to ensure she lived a long and healthy life. I know I would have ended up adopting her if fate hadn't taken the lead and brought the most amazing couple to her that now love and adore her more than I could have wished for.
13. Sunflower (12/9/17) technically not my foster, but still in a sense my foster fail. She is mine now and I call her Lolly.
14. Jolly Rancher pup Peach (8/11/18 - 8/18/18) This girl was the quintessential fluff ball that made everyone swoon as soon as they saw her. I always wondered how big she ended up getting and whether she grew into her fluff!
15. Hanson pup Taylor (8/18 - 9/1) This boy was a big floppy-eared boy who reminded me of a big ol' potato. Probably why I called him "Tater"
16. Sissy pup Schuyler (10/20 - 12/22) This girl gave me and my home a challenge bringing in ringworm and spreading it far and wide! There are moments in fostering where I wonder what the heck I'm doing, this was one of those moments and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I drove myself crazy, scrubbed and washed everything a dozen times over including the dogs but this sweet girl still made it worthwhile.
17. My current foster Greece pup Milos (7/28/19 - ?) This boy has the puppy-eyed look down! He's won the hearts of friends and family alike. I know I'm going to shed a few tears when this sweet boy finds his forever family.