Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dear Foster Mom,

There I sat, alone and afraid, you got a call and came right to my aid. You bundled me up with blankets and love, and when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.

I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold. That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.

You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend. You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.

And just when I thought you'd done all you do,There came along not one new lesson, but two.

First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."

Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.Along came a new family, they even have kids!

They took me to their home, forever to stay.At first I thought you sent me away.

Then that second lesson became perfectly clear. No matter how far, you will always be near.

And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on. I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.

But I'll never forget what I learned that first day. You never really give your fosters away.

You gave me these thoughts to remember you by. We may never meet again, and now I know why.

You'll remember I lived with you for a time. I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.

Author Unknown 

Friday, October 1, 2010

3 years ago.

Three years ago I was preparing for a special arrival on this day. I was scrubbing a dog house with bleach and soapy water, vacuuming the spare bedroom, and the dogs knew something was up.

Max was about to turn three, Buela just shy of a year old, and Roni was two.

D had signed the paperwork, all that was left to do was to pick him up.

Zambia, soon to be known as Colbert (aka Stephen T, Stinky, Capt Fussypants, etc) was going to be our first foster dog.

Monday the 4th will mark three years since we stepped into the shoes of a foster parent, and opened the door to being a rescue family. While we ended up keeping Colbert (my 2008 Valenties present) we have had quite a few fosters walk through our door and while the Hixson Hotel is full at the moment, we still donate and do work for rescues.