“I would find it too difficult to give them back.”
This is the most common reaction when I say I’m fostering puppies. And the most common reason people have for not doing it.
And yes, it is hard to give them back. I’m heartbroken. We even spent the weekend after giving them back agonising about adopting Taylor, before deciding that three dogs was too much, especially as she will be so much bigger than Ollie and Mia.
I worry about them because of their breed more than any other puppy we have fostered. I wonder what kind of life they will have and hope with all my heart that they find a wonderful forever home who will love them as a member of the family.
It’s hard to give them back, but it’s worth it. And it gets easier each time and also with time. It’s so rewarding knowing you’ve given them a good start in life. And surely the pain of giving them back is worth it for all the joy they gave us while they were here. And the pain is worth it knowing that you gave two homeless puppies the chance at a better life.
So do it, if the only thing holding you back from fostering is the thoughts of giving them back, just do it. As Garth Brooks once sang: “I could have missed the pain. But I’d of had to miss the dance”.