We wanted to share a first foster parent's experience, with our readers. This is why we do what we do:
Sarena # 3367 was our first foster. Sarena joined the VGSR family on the day she was scheduled to be put to sleep. The shelter named her Sarena, but it didn't fit. Since she had come back from the eve of death, right after New Year's eve, our family called her Evey. She came house-trained, terrified of garages and crates. She couldn't get enough of the carpet and sprawled out on it as if she had never felt it before. She loved children and relaxing on the couch, especially with someone cuddling with her. She had medium, soft fur that didn't shed, pie-balding on her legs which was stunning, she was a very petite GSD mix at 40 pounds and such a friendly girl. I couldn't believe she had been overlooked at the shelter.
Evey chose her forever home. She fell in love with her new family, immediately upon meeting them. Laying on both Kathy and her son, Gordie, they hugged and played and talked for an hour. The moment they left, Evey did something spectacular. She let me know that was her family. She sat by the door and wouldn't move when they left. Then, she ran to the window, and sat for hours, staring, hoping, waiting for them to come take her home. She knew. It was an incredible experience. I called Kathy that night and told her that Evey had chosen her family.
Kathy came the next day to take her home forever. She brought with her a collar with an tag engraved Evey; it meant a lot that she kept her name. Kathy sends me photos every once in a while, the first being the first night Evey was home, sleeping on the carpet, so relaxed as if she knew she was finally, actually, loved and home. A wonderful volunteer captured Kathy, I, Evey and our pup, Champ, hugging for the first time, a year later at the reunion. Kathy sends me photos of Evey on vacation with them, hiking, celebrating the anniversary of her coming home, and videos of her having fun at the dog parks. There could have been no better fit for the first little pup who left a paw print on our hearts.
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