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Shoot Me NowThe Shift

The Shift
Published on Sunday, March 22, 2015 by

I have always wanted to help people. But you know how it goes. Kids. Work. Life. I assumed the time would come when all the children are out of the house.

As you know, I have begun fostering dogs for an amazing local rescue.   I could write a post on its own about dog fostering and just how hard it can be. And just how rewarding. Sure, it broke my heart to say goodbye to my sweet Boxer mix, but she went to a family she now knows and loves.

I was asked if I could foster my second, a lab mix named River. She had been one of their dogs two years before. Sadly, she was coming back to find a second home.

One of the volunteers asked me to call the owner in order to arrange a pickup. I knew only a bit of the story. The woman who adopted her had been diagnosed with cancer. Then she discovered she had COPD and she is no longer allowed to have a dog. With only this information, I made a call that I knew might be more than difficult.

By the end of the call we were both in tears. She loved her dog with all her heart. I was going to be meeting her in a parking lot and taking her beloved dog away from her. How could I possibly get through that?

Then it hit me. Who BETTER than me to take this on? I had just been able to give her reassurance on the phone. I was able to ease her mind just a tiny bit. She felt my sincerity. My honesty. My own sadness. And then I felt a shift inside of me. I wasn’t just giving a foster home to a dog. I was HELPING SOMEONE.

I had just been talking to someone who was desperately hurting and was able to give her comfort. With everything going on in her life, I was able to provide just a tiny bit of relief. In my own way, I can make a difference. Fostering dogs doesn’t just help dogs. It helps people too.

Did I mention River has a blue tongue? She is WAY cool.

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  • Awww, what a bittersweet post. I’m also linking River to Awww Mondays. She’s a pretty girl.

    Have a terrific day my friend. ☺

    • Thank you!!! I took some ADORABLE pictures today… look at her purple tongue and those amazing ears!!!

  • Ron

    Okay, I just want you to know that I had tears in my eyes while reading this post; especially when I got to the end.

    “I had just been talking to someone who was desperately hurting and was able to give her comfort. With everything going on in her life, I was able to provide just a tiny bit of relief. In my own way, I can make a difference. Fostering dogs doesn’t just help dogs. It helps people too.”

    (((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))

    I think it’s awesome that you do this, Katherine. And it can’t be easy getting so attached to a dog and then letting them go when they find a permanent home. THAT, my friend, is loving, caring, and helping; unconditionally.

    River is ADORABLE!

    Happy Monday!

    • OK Now I am the one in tears. Oh boy…. and this one is going to be hard. ALL of us want to adopt her. I think all i would have to do is say WE ARE ADOPTING HER and all three kids would jump for joy. ALL of them love her. But vet bills… and then I couldn’t foster as much (it would be more of a winter thing)…. of course I could still volunteer for them, do the reference calls etc. I think we will just ride this one out and see if she gets adoption papers. If she does and it is a good home it was meant to be. So hard… we are in LOVE with her.

  • Kathe W.

    you are awesome! Have a great day!

  • That is just too sweet and too sad all rolled into one…wipes away tears. Bless you for being you and making a difference. I really feel for that lady.

    • Linda, she has texted me a few times asking how River is, asking if she is taking her pills OK, getting along with Moon OK. She specifically asked about her first night and I didn’t lie because I didn’t want her to think River wasn’t missing her – she WAS. She had a rough first night just wandering around the house and howling. But then she settled in and is LOVING all the attention and play and the back yard. I have given her lots of positive things in my answers and she said it was helping. I just can’t imagine what she is going through.

  • Beautiful dog.
    I always liked the idea of helping people. I however prefer the action of watching TV.

    • HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!! That stopped me for a minute and then I laughed out loud HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!

  • messymimi

    Awww, River is beautiful! You are wonderful for helping pets and helping people get wonderful pets in the process.

    • I never realized it was so hard, and I have the easy part! The people who run the rescue have so many stories. Dogs with mange. Dogs who they rescue and find the dog has no chance to live so they hold them while the dog goes to rainbow bridge….. but then they have all the satisfaction of seeing these poor homeless dogs find loving homes. I am so proud to be a small part of this! 🙂

  • Anne

    Oh River is so beautiful and you have a kind heart. I am happy you can adopt River. A bittersweet story for sure. Thank you for sharing.

    • Anne, we are actually fostering her. We keep a dog in need of a home (usually sprung from a pound or abusive situation, although River was not the case) and we feed the dog, train, love on them etc. Then the dog rescue posts her info in the hopes she will become adopted. We also take the dog to adoption events at a local pet store. BUT… we have completely falen in love with her… what to do!

  • Hey Katherine! I tell you, that is one seriously cute pooch! As for helping someone, it’s wonderful, isn’t it? You rock x Indigo

    • So get this. We are all wanting to adopt her. Ugh. Such a dillema! My daughter just discovered that if you howl she will howl back. It is hysterical!

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