Lulu was not our first foster dog, but she was our first foster with Jasmine’s House and the experience was wonderful. In other situations I had been handed the pup (or litter of kittens) and a bag of food and that was it. The support and communication you offered was just incredible. Thank you!
A few years back I emailed Catalina. I don’t know if you remember, I had a foster once who was just so scared and broken from the first part of her life that it took weeks for her to come out of her crate on her own, to stand without pancaking, to eat when the lights were on, to dare to make a noise let alone bark. She was handed over to us. That was it. I spent a lot of time on the internet trying to find someone,any one who had ever dealt with a dog like Maya with really no luck at all. My friends thought I was nuts for turning down cocktails with them in favor of going home and just being with Maya, gently trying to coax her out of that protective shell she had made for herself. Just by being with her.
I had started to read The Lost Dogs when it first came out. I could only read a little at a time, it was just too hard. As the gods would have it, I got to the second half, the part with the healing of Jasmine, just when I needed it. It became my only real resource of hope in dealing with Maya, there was another dog like her, there was another foster Mom who had the feelings I did. It gave me hope it what was beginning to feel like a hopeless situation. Of course, we failed at fostering Maya,and she is our dog now. We went thought too much together to ever part ways.
Lulu was my gift to Jasmine for helping us with Maya. Give us a few weeks and we would be delighted to foster for you again.