A Foster Parent Speaks

Thank  You for bringing this foster dog into
my  life.  Had  I  not  made the decision to
participate  in  rescue,  I would never have
had  the  chance  to  meet him. If I had sat
here  comfortably  in  my  home  and said "I
already  have  four  dogs  and I know that I

couldn't   take  in  another  -  even  on  a
temporary  basis,"  I  would  never have met
this dog.

Yes,  it  takes time to rescue and foster...
but who gave me Time in the first place? And
why or what was the reason I was given Time?
To  fill  my own needs? Or was there another
reason   ever   so   small   and   seemingly
insignificant,  like  rescuing this one dog,
that  could  make a difference in an other's
life?  Perhaps  to  add  joy, hope, help and
companionship to another who is in need?

With   great   sadness,  I  sat  down  on  a
footstool  in  my  kitchen  this morning and
watched as this foster dog bounced back into
the  house  and  skidded across the floor to
sit ever so perfectly in front of me. He was
the  picture  of health, finally. He was all
smiles  for  me.... and I smiled back at his
happy  face.  Deep  in  his  eyes, the storm
clouds   of  illness  and  generalized  poor
health  had  blown away, and the clear light
of  his  perfection  radiated  out  from his
beautiful  soul. He holds no ill will toward
man. He forgives us all.

I  thought to myself as I impressed this one
last  long look of him into my heart, what a
very  fine  creature you have created. Tears
slowly pooled and spilled over my cheekbones
as  the  deeper realization of how wonderful
this  dog  is  sank  into  my  internal file
cabinet of Needful Things to Remember. Lord,
he's  a  dog - but he's a better human being
than I am.

He  has  forgiven  quickly.  Would  I do the
same?  He  passionately  enjoys  the  simple
things  in life. And I have often overlooked
them. He accepts change and gets on with his
life.  I  fuss  and  worry  about change. He
lives  today  and  loves  today. And I often
dwell in the past or worry about the future.
He loves no matter what. I am not that free.

This  very  lovely  dog  has gone to his new
home today and already I miss him. Thank You
for  bringing  this  dog  into  my life. And
Thank  You  for  the  beautiful  and  tender
lesson on how to be a better human.
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