Thursday, 10 April 2008

Foster Carers... and Grumpy Bobby

I would like to introduce you all to my friend Bobby

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or Grumpy Bobby as he is also known as.

Bobby is currently in Foster Care with John from Pawz For Thought (A charity rescuing and rehoming dogs) based in the North East of the UK.
Check out Bobby and Johns blog Here its full of Bobbys tales.. John's hilarious antics and stories of dogs who John has cared for who have found their forever homes. It's a funny and heartwarming blog. Now I know I already told you about this blog a few days ago.. but I just want to sing the praises of everyone who has ever fostered a dog, in fact everyone who has ever worked in rescue. Mum says they are heroes in her eyes and the job they do is extremely important for every dog out there searching for the love of a family.

Here is Mum's poem that she wrote as a tribute to all those who foster, but especially for Liz & Bri.. John and the many other foster carers who selflessly volunteer their time, homes and hearts to the doggys rescued by Pawz For Thought and of course to Lynne whose life is completely over-run by her dedication to Pawz and every dog that passes through.
If you live in the UK and think you could offer Bobby (or any of the Pawz doggys) a home, please contact them using the blue contact button on their website.

Love you Auntie Liz and Auntie Lynn XxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXx


To Angels Who Foster

Have you ever loved something enough to let it go?
Even though it breaks your heart to watch, you know,
That in order to flourish it's wings must spread,
In order to grow it must move on and look ahead.
Like a first child leaving the proverbial nest,
Your heart aches, but you know it's for the best.
You have nurtured, nursed and taught all that you can,
They were never your's to keep, that wasn't the plan.

Could you volunteer to have this pain week after week?
To break your heart quite literally, so to speak.
Open your home, your heart and your mind,
To the abused, the needy, the unloved, the blind?
Could you nurse them back from pain and despair?
Make them understand that love is out there?
Watch them come back to life before your eyes,
Knowing soon you will say your goodbyes?

It's a special person who can foster a dog.
Turn around it's life, push sunshine through the fog.
Be a gentle hand,a calming voice and a loving ear,
Soothe all it's pain away and calm every fear.
To love it so much after seeing it's pain but prepare to let it go,
To find it a new family they know can love it so.
And when their heart is breaking as they watch it walk away,
Open their door to the next dog knowing it will all end the same way.

So to you angels out there who foster, mostly unsung,
Thank you from all the foster babies, old and young.
Thank you from the families whose lives you have transformed,
When you gave them that bundle that you so much adored.
Without you these dogs would have far less chance.
Have you any idea how many lives you enhance?

Do you know how many people stand back in awe?
You are utterly amazing, you couldn't do more.
Thank you for having the courage to let go,
The strength to do it all again, I admire you so.
To the dogs you are angels, their saviours and their friend.
Just know each one remembers you, with love until the end.

Some more Pawz doggys currently looking for their forever homes:


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Cool Hand Luke

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Mr Robinson

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Mr Jones

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happy said...

That is a beautiful poem!

Maggie & Mitch said...

What an awesome poem and such beautiful doggies! We hope they all get their forever homes soon!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mack said...

What handsome poochies! I hope they find furever homes SOON!

everybodysaysdont said...

Love the poem! Your Mum is very talented. It made me cry though! Gorgeous dogs. Before we got Carmelita we fostered a few cats, dogs and a puppy. We would like to foster a dog again, but Carmelita is a wimp (sorry Lita but you are!) and a peace lover and many dogs would take advantage of it. She happily gives up her toys and food to dog visitors, but I wouldn't want her to do it very often as she had a hard life before we got her. (She had never been in a house I don't think.. Was found in a forest)

Hope those beautiful dogs get forever homes v soon.

Lots of love hugs and licks from me & Carmelita xxxxx

JB's Big World said...

Pawz for Thought is a wonderful organization!
The poem is beautiful. I hope all the doggies get good homes soon!
P.S. We laughed at your comment on my blog about your big teeth! I am sure you are a big softy inside.

Pippa said...

Mistress thinks fosterers are amazing peeps because she would be no good at it. She would always want to keep them all.


Asta said...

That was the most bootiful poem..Mommi was leaking out hew eyes..Youw Mom is a wondewful hooman and vewy talented too...Those bootiful fuwwkids desewve a home and I suwe hope they get one soon, and thank you fow all youw wowk to help so many...I wish We could adopt them all
smoochie kisses

Fenway said...

Hi Ben & Foster Friends--

Your mum is an angel...truly an angel and I admire her very, very much.

I'm happy that you appreciated my fine work on that mis-named Tuff Ring. It was a fairly easy alteration that I did to it and I'd be glad to show you my Secrets Of Destruction any time.

Your pal across the sea,

Gus and Louie said...

That is mom's dream.. She wants to quit the 9 to 5 job and get a farm so she can rescue dog, cats, sheep, lama's, horses.... Dad says that Mom's farm is getting really big and she doesn't even have it yet...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Jake of Florida said...

Hello Ben,

We saw your message for the first time on Gussie's blog and thought we'd come say hi. We agree with your Mom's beautiful poem -- how do you let someone you've grown to love go, time after time after time.

Wonderful unsung people, fosterers.

Come visit,

Jake and Just Harry, the Barkalot Boyz from South Florida.

taz and all the dogs in need said...

My mam said that your mam knows what we think of Sue and Tris, but I have to say that your poem helped healed mam and dad when they let ned go