I had thought about fostering years before I joined Pawsitive Match. I was always waiting for my life to be less busy or less stressful or more appropriate in some way; however, I eventually realized that there was never going to be a perfect time. Back in October I applied to a few organizations and Pawsitive Match got back to me almost immediately and had already put me through the onboarding process before any of the other organizations even made contact. I decided to foster dogs (as opposed to cats) to start as I didn’t fancy myself to be much of a dog person and I thought that it would be easy to not become too attached. How ridiculous that seems now!
We took our first foster (Whitney) home at the beginning of October and our second foster (Herbie) joined her at the beginning of December. Both are still with us as they ended up being longer term medical fosters with six surgeries and over 25 trips to the vet between them. In that time, we have watched them heal physically as well as emotionally; Whitney used to chew on and lick herself until she had sores and patches of hair missing all over and now she has healthy skin and a full thick coat. They bring an energy to the house and their antics make us laugh out loud daily. Herbie collects shoes and socks in a pile in the living room and tells you he doesn't want you to leave the house by backing his butt up onto your feet and sitting down when you are trying to put on your shoes. When Herbie isn't paying attention, Whitney steals all the toys from his bed (including his precious giant blue teddy) and brings them to her bed and when she isn't paying attention he steals them back. Herbie seems to think cats are monkeys and tries to speak to them in the language of their people. Whitney spins around and does dances at dinner time. Herbie walks really slowly, almost as if he is sneaking, around our plastic plant because he likes it when the leaves tickle his back. They had been abandoned at a high kill shelter but because of Pawsitive Match two lucky families are going to get the opportunity to adopt one of these amazing, healthy dogs and we are grateful that we were able to be a part of their journey.