I Became a Foster Failure When …

June 29, 2012  

We are celebrating the amazing people who foster and their dogs , so we asked our Facebook fans, How would you finish this sentence, “I became a foster failure when…”
Whether it was the sad, puppy dog eyes, love at first sight, knowing that they needed you so much or just a perfect fit for your family, it is the one time when the word ‘failure’ was a good thing. Thanks for sharing everyone.

When she wrapped herself around our puppy, who was having a vaccine reaction, and wouldn’t leave her side!

~ Erin Kerchner

‎…I walked into the shelter.

~ Janine Hudson

I started crying while writing her biography for an adoption site.

~ Erin Brown

When she met my other two dogs and fit in perfectly, respecting my Elderbull completely and playing wildly/joyfully with my younger guy until they both collapsed in exhaustion.

~ Martha Kennedy

When the foster admin called me and said she had someone interested in meeting her and I looked down at her as she snuggled against me with my other dog snuggled up against her other side on the couch and I said, “Um…you know what? No.” LOL

~ Diane Clark

I became a foster failure when a vet said that my 3.5-month-old foster puppy was such a behavior problem that he would more than likely be euthanized by the time he turned 6 months old. We will be celebrating his second birthday in September.

~ Jamie Parker

When he wouldn’t leave our other male pit bull’s side and every picture I took of him to get him adopted they were both in smiling together. Posting those pics, everyone said it would be a foster failure.

~ Effie Pearson

When I saw how attached my emergency foster pit bull had become to me and my other dogs…instant pack member. The way she’d roll over on her belly or jump up for hugs and just look at me w/her little underbite and big ears … I just couldn’t let her go.

~ Destiny Shell

1) I saw how gentle Polly, my adult Doberman foster, was with my parrot. His loud noises and strange ways didn’t upset her. 2) I saw how loving and protective she quickly became of my Maltese. She still lets him get away with too much. 3) I realized our home wouldn’t be the same without this calm, smart, loving, completely devoted dog who really came into her own once she came home with me. It didn’t matter that she was older or had scars all over her face… She was absolutely perfect.

~ Eve Truman

When I saw some people ask when they could meet my foster.

~ Mandy Nelson

When the shelter called to tell me about a pending application on Petunia, the thought of the big block head not being in my home, going on walks with someone else and sleeping beside another families bed was too much and I called the shelter right back and told them I was officially a foster failure. That was three years ago this October!

~ Virginia Gregory

I became a foster failure when my Pug fell in love with my Elderbull Sarge Wolf-Stringer (photo above) and wouldn’t leave his side. How could I say no to the Pug? This Elderbull was obviously here to stay.

~ Kim Wolf

When he started to put his head in my lap when I was sitting on the couch. He was so timid for weeks, and seeing that first sign of affection made me realize there was a lot more to come!

~ Morgan S. Gertler

When he left our house to go to another foster home. I started right then trying to figure out how to get him back. It took seven months and a lot of hurdles, but our Wags is home and happy and will never leave us again.

~ Belilah Polly O’Connor

‎… my husband saw little Nala: with her three legs; staples at the amputation site; cherry-eye and cone of shame. That 4-month-old tripawed pittie girl grabbed his heart and never let go. It’s been a wonderful year since.

~ Mara Velez

I picked him up from the shelter. (that happened when dad picked up The Stig)(photo above)

~ Gremlin

I changed my attitude and bias against pit bull type dogs. All she wanted to do was please me and I hadn’t given her the proper chance, ie. training, to show me.

~ Nancy Goodman

I adopted every one.

~ Mary Horvath

We didn’t even want our friend to bring her to our home, (because my boyfriend had previous opinions about pit bulls.) When Colbie finally did arrive, she jumped up on the couch and snuggled in next to him. He agreed we’d keep her until we found a suitable home for her. Needless to say, she never left.

~ Ashley June

I cried at almost every comment that comes before mine. That’s how I know I would be a foster failure. I can’t foster right now but first chance I get……….

~ Toni Petracco Kapudija

When I picked him at the shelter, and he looked at me with those big eyes. You could see his soul in them, begging to be loved, to be given another chance, to live a happy, peaceful life, where he wouldn’t be hurt, where he would have enough to eat, where he would be safe and would be loved. It’s the eyes – they do it to me every time.

~ Debra Hartman Scrimpshire

When the shelter I worked for had no one to foster Ellie for a 6-month quarantine and she looked into my eyes with her sad, defeated eyes. Took her home, she sat right on the couch and has not left since! Her grade 3 heart murmur has shown improvement and she now roo roo’ in happiness when I come home!

~ Vanessa Krupa

..Michael Vick got busted. No joke. I didn’t want to take the change that this little puppy I rescued would ever end up like one of those dogs. So I kept her. And the next two pits I helped rescue.

~ Kathleen Reaves ‎.

We flew Blitz in from North Carolina, it ended up a six-hour flight, he was sick and scared, only being 2 months old. He ran in our arms just looking for a hug.

~ Debbie Bateman Auletta

‎…Willow stepped foot in my car! Or maybe even sooner than that-when I first laid eyes on her sitting in her Katrina evacuation crate. She had just been taken off the truck and I had signed up to “foster” (insert snickering here) dogs that were breeds other people might shy away from. Once I saw her, and saw something in her eyes…hopelessness? Abandonment? I’m not even sure what abandonment looks like, but whatever I saw in her eyes, I wanted to make sure she NEVER felt like that again. There was never a question of rehoming her. Never. Now she is my Pet Partners therapy dog partner. That look in her eyes has been gone for many years. She spreads love and comfort and pit bull wiggles wherever she goes.

~ Heidi Humrickhouse

She fell asleep next to my head, sharing my pillow with me, the first night we fostered her. She snored louder than anything I had ever heard, and it was wonderful … I failed on impact.

~ Jill Paukstis

Ok. OK. In all fairness, I am a foster failure twice. I became a foster failure, the first time, when I realized that for some reason I kept taking six out of seven puppies on adoption events, and one always managed to stay home. On the Fourth of July, we celebrate her fourth adoptiversary!!

~ Jamie Parker

I knew when we were riding in the car, heading home from the shelter. I looked at my sweet pittie boy who changed my mind about an entire breed and said, “You’re never going back, bud!” His first Gotcha day is coming up in a couple weeks and not one moment has made me want to have it any other way. He’s my soul dog!

~ April Mullen

‎…When i realized that Rocky was a puppy mill dog and would have hard time getting over his issues and would have little chance of getting adopted at the shelter before he regressed back to his original withdrawal problems…. I got a bit long winded the first try.

~ Marcus Hill

I became a foster failure when my sister came home with a 6-week-old puppy. She was just a foster but soon we learned she had been severely abused. Cigarette burns on her tummy and she didn’t know how to play, everything scared her. Then the poor dear got parvo. After a day or two at the vets I spent the whole weekend on the couch with her. The vet said she probably wouldn’t make it. Nixxie turned 1 a few months ago. She still has trouble trusting anyone but she’s learning.

~ Kristy Lynch

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7 Responses to “I Became a Foster Failure When …”
  1. Never been a foster failure although we wanted to become one.  We fostered a pup we named Holiday (we got her out of the shelter right before Thanksgiving & for the singer Billie Holiday), she was terrified of any and everything.  She was adopted before we could put our application in.  It was hard letting her go.  She opened up when Krush was around and first bark was at Sasha lol Holiday’s bark was raspy.  When Krush & Sasha were around her personality opened up, we miss all of our fosters but Holiday has a special place in our hearts.

  2. louiseb says:

    I fostered a female black/gray chow mix (very chow) who was pulled from the shelter at the last minute. She was wonderful with my 4 other dogs, so patient and kind with the little ones and gentle with my elder lab/basset cross. The rescue group found a new home for her after 6 weeks and I had to say no. Renamed her Angel, she is much adored by me and my brood.

  3. Heidis Momma says:

    I guess I should add my story here.  Tiny’s momma was a pregnant lemon/white beagle in a high kill . shelter.  I couldn’t allow her babies to be born in a place like that.  Home she came and she quickly learned to trust me.  She delivered in my living room and I literally caught Tiny as he appeared.  He was born with hydrocephalus and the rescue wanted me to euth him because the vet said he would never learn to house train and not ever be a normal dog.  So, I said, he will live with me.  Nearly 5 years later, he is fully house-trained and the vet believes he will live a normal, happy, healthy life.  I have since hydrocephalus moms/dads call me to ask me what I did to help him survive.  I love him to bits and have never for a fraction of a second, regretting giving hm life.

    • StubbyDog says:

       @Heidis Momma What a wonderful story and a wonderful life you are giving Tiny, we love this!

      • Heidis Momma says:

        Thank you.  All of my fur-babies are precious to me for different reasons.  But, Tiny is especially so since we had to fight so hard for him to beat the odds.  He had to want it too … and he did.  I love him so!

  4. What a wonderful collection of stories about foster “failures.” Thank you to everyone for sharing…of course, you’re not failures in our eyes! 🙂