We have a special edition Happy Tails post today, courtesy of Erin and Timothy Jenesky!
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It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.
When people know you foster dogs, they always inevitably say or ask one of two things: “you should keep him/her!” or “how can you keep saying goodbye to all of them?”. It’s so easy at times to tell people that if we kept them all, we couldn’t save others. That saying goodbye means we can save another. That the greater importance is making sure the dogs always find their respite with us until their final destination.
But then a dog like Afton comes along. And challenges you to answer those questions and statements with the same confidence you always do. A dog like Afton makes you hesitate, makes you question why you might give him to someone else. Until you see him with his people, his family, his forever. And that’s what makes fostering worth it.
So we will give those same answers, to those same questions, but we will have tears to choke back this time and maybe other times . But we will do it all over again. Because a dog like Afton, who spent nearly a year in the shelter, who lights up a room when he enters it, who never knew love and a warm place until TLC saved him, is worth the piece of our hearts he took with him.
So we kiss him goodbye as he starts his forever with a beyond PERFECT family and we save the next one. The next one who needs us and who will fill the spot on the dog bed Afton left vacant when he found his forever family. You will always be one of the most special fosters. We love you, Affy. Have the best life imaginable!