Twla Wyllie

Why did you get into fostering?
I knew of the need for Staycation foster homes because my friend and neighbor were foster parents. Foster families often need "babysitters" when they are away for a weekend or longer vacation and I knew that was something I could do.

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
We had Misty for several weeks and Yvette for only a day or so after her intake.

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
Feeling the overwhelming love and gratitude responses from the dogs for doing such little things for them.

Yvette was suspicious and terrified when she was first rescued, but in only a few hours she developed a look of wonder in her eyes as she began to realize that not only were there no threats in her new environment, but she didn't have to compete for food or shelter either. I couldn't help but tear up when she cautiously made her way over to me to give her first kisses and ask for petting.

Misty loved her walks! She has an injury that meant I had to be careful to keep walks short and on grass only, but it was well worth it to see her so happy.  She as well demonstrated her gratitude through generous displays of affection.

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
I knew it would be somewhat time consuming so I only did Staycations over the summer months when I was off work and knew I would have the time to give. hart is a wonderfully accommodating organization that is willing to take into consideration the needs of the foster homes as well.

Emotionally taxing? Surprisingly so - I saw recently that Misty had been returned to hart after an adoption that didn't work out. I read that proper care had not been taken during her beloved walks which resulted in bleeding on her dragging foot, and I cried. On the other hand though, I feel joy knowing that Yvette was quickly adopted and is now enjoying a rewarding, nonthreatening life with her new family. Like all of life, it's a balance and these experiences help to make us better people. 

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
Thank you.