On the flip side our fosters show a strength of character because they are moved from what they know (no matter how good or bad a situation) to a totally new place. How many of us would accept, with grace, being moved from our homes into a strange new place with 5 other people we did not know and yet be asked to function as part of that group immediately? Probably to be honest none of us can say we could do that. Yet that is exactly what we ask of a new foster dog, and they cope with the changes presented to them with such amazing adaptability. Some need more time than others, but they cope.
Fostering is a change for both the foster home and the incoming dog. It requires trust and time on both sides. In the process we ask more of our own dogs than the average home does. And when the time comes that a forever home is found for the foster dog there are tears as goodbyes are said. Foster homes understand it will be emotional, yet they put themselves in vulnerable positions to help a dog in need. They have become attached as have their dogs to the new friend in the house. The pack order is shifted once again and the foster family’s household has to adjust to the change. Being a foster home is not easy, but it is gratifying to see how a foster dog blossoms with care and help. Being a foster home is not easy but it is proof that we have room to care for more than our own.