Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Coral Gables, Florida
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I'm Belle's foster mom and I know we need people here in Florida who would be willing to foster, to transport and do home evaluations for prospective adoptive parents and volunteers. As a foster mom it is indeed a wonderful thing to see a dog come to you with issues and slowly heal and blossom into a very beautiful dog as Belle has. I'm now working with a lady in NC (Raleigh, Durham area) who is very interested in adopting Belle. As her foster mom I know I'll be sad when she leaves but to know she is getting placed in a wonderful home with a really terrific family is good enough for me. I think that's what rescue is all about, taking dogs into a safe, loving environment and then finding the best homes possible for those dogs. This is Belle's photo taken two months ago. She tore her ACL ligament since and had surgery on 3/5. This was paid for by HRI, she needs to stay with me for two weeks and then can go home. HRI is the most wonderful organization. These people really care about Havanese in need. I believe my home was the first loving home Belle ever experienced and through living with me she learned to trust men and strangers, and not be terrified of the world. It's a very special and rewarding thing we do as foster parents, yes it's hard to say goodbye but it's also wonderful to know we touched the life of a dog who otherwise may not have a very good life and through our work and resources made life better for that dog.
I have to add, I never intended to foster, never ever! I did volunteer for intake and transport and I made the trip to the next county where Belle's owners who had her only one month decided to sell her, and her breeder talked them into surrendering her to HRI. They said she had diaharrea and was pooping all over the house and that it was bloody, so HRI asked me to get her and have her evaluated STAT to rule out any life threatening illness like HGE. My vet saw her that day before I took her home, and guess what, she was fine (whew). She had a bad haircut and lots of trauma emotionally but physically she was fine. She is so well housebroken that she has never made a mistake since living with my family. Well, I looked into those beautiful, brown, soulful eyes and decided I was going to foster. I'm so glad I got to know her and give her the love she needed and let her experience a good life, through HRI, otherwise she would have been sold to who knows what kind of person.
With love from Coral Gables, FL
Last edited by Gableshavs; 04-14-2008 at 12:49 PM.
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