Jennifer Friedenstab


Why did you get into fostering?
Well, I really wanted a second dog! I love dogs and our pup Maggie loves doggie friends! However, it was a struggle in the household whether a second dog was a good move.  So, as a compromise, we decided to foster! We could test the waters with a second dog, and give back to the rescue who gave us our beloved Maggie :) it's also something I've always been interested in doing, I was just never confident I had the tough skin for it!

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
Yogi, Ginny, Austin, and now Hank (who is our foster fail )

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
Seeing the progress in the dogs!! It's truly amazing what some of these dogs have gone through and come out the sweetest, most loving pups! And amazingly smart :)  it's amazing how excited I would get when one of our fosters would figure out what the bells on the door are for, or learn to sit or stay, or figure out which "cute face" would get them table scraps. I think the other side of it though is getting updates from our fosters new parents.  I still get emotional over updates on Yogi, our first foster, and they come a few times a month haha it's amazingly gratifying to know we did our jobs right and picked the perfect home for these special dogs.  

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
It is!!!! I won't lie.  Like I said, I still find myself tearing up over updates.  But as hard as it is sometimes, watching them leave your house for the last time, I take solace in knowing that they've gone to great homes!! The tears do turn in to happy ones, eventually :)

 If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
"You're so emotional!!!" Hahaha No :) I think they would say what every other foster in every other foster home would say; "thank you!!"