About Fostering

How Fostering Can Change You For Good

One of the questions we often get asked is “Is it hard fostering a dog?” Yes, it is hard, anything worth doing usually is, but it’s also something more…it’s life changing.

There’s a song in the musical, Wicked, called For Good. Wizard of Oz inspired characters, Glinda and Elphaba, are two witches who became friends despite all odds and differences and sing this song as they are parting ways for the final time. The lyrics say:

Who can say I’ve been changed for the better,

but because I knew you,

I have been changed for good.

Fostering a dog is like walking down the yellow brick road to Oz. You’re going to meet some trouble on the way, but in the end, you’ll gain four things: courage, a brain, a heart and a home.

Rescues don’t have the greatest of starts and because of this, many of them will come into your home timid and afraid, but you’ll soon learn that as long as you’re by their side, they have unwavering courage. Fostering a dog teaches you how to surround yourself with friends and to be courageous.

Rescues are usually not trained, and don’t know much about domestic pet life, but they do know love and love is what they’ll do. Fostering a dog will show you that while we may not know it all, we should share what we do know.

When your rescue finally finds a home, you’ll realize how much energy and love you poured into your foster, and then you’ll give him to someone else, parting ways for the final time. Fostering a dog will show you how to love unconditionally and then give that love, a piece of your heart, to others.

Most importantly, you’re opening your home up to others less fortunate even when it means sacrificing its condition or your sanity. Fostering a dog will teach you that there is no place like home, unless the people, and dogs, you love are in it.

I can’t promise that fostering a rescue will also change you for the better, but I can tell you, it will change you for good.

If you’d like to foster one of our dogs, fill out a foster application here. 

With smiles,

Rebekah Olsen

The Foster Diet

Shed 10 pounds, energize your body, and feel great in just 7 Days!

You’ve tried the lemon diet, the coffee diet, the starvation diet, and the chocolate cake diet, and still nothing has worked! But don’t give up yet, there’s hope that you can shed those extra 10 pounds by the weekend and look great in that little black dress again.

Dr. Spot Ruffington recently released his new diet, called the Foster Diet, and by following these 10 simple steps you can join millions of others who are losing weight and losing it FAST.

Register Here:

Visit Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue Group and fill out a Foster Application to join the Foster Diet Team. No fees, no long term commitment, and no credit card required…however, donations are accepted once you’ve realized how awesome this diet really is.

Pick Up Your Supplies:

Once The Foster Diet Support Team has assigned you a Rescue, arrive at the local park to pick up your dog. While there, you’ll need to walk the dog around the park for at least 30 minutes so you can get to know each other. Because your rescue will most likely not be leash trained, he or she will pull, tug, and drag you around the park. Don’t worry! This is all a normal part of the weight loss program. By the end of your walk you will have burned 200 calories!

You’re already on your way to losing weight! Now, it’s time to get started!

Follow these 10 Simple Steps:

1. Wake up each morning no later than 5 am to take your overly excited and energetic foster pup outside where he will inevitably be ready to play a furious game of fetch.

2. Go outside and inside at least 30 times each day to potty train your foster dog.

3. Chase your foster dog around the house for about 15 minutes while trying to get your underwear or sock back. The object may change from day to day, but you will still need to perform this chasing exercise regardless of how precious or not precious the item he/she has is.

4. Take your foster dog on a 30 minute to 1 hour walk around the neighborhood, then return and take your own resident dog on that same walk. Do not take them on a walk together, you will burn twice the calories and protect the lives of others by doing two separate walks.

5. Spend at least 1 hour each day sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the dirty, dog hair covered floors. Then vacuum your couch, wash your sheets, lint roller the duvet cover, and pick up all the dog toys. Repeat this step one hour later when the house is dirty again.

6. Skip dinner at least 3 times this week. This will be easier than you think because you will be too preoccupied doing all of the above steps to remember to eat.

7. Drink half a bottle of wine each night. This will cause you to forget that there are one to two dogs destroying your home and barking so loudly you can’t watch the new episode of The Walking Dead. In the morning, your body will be dehydrated making your tummy look flatter.

8. Avoid going out with friends or family members because you cannot leave your foster dog alone for more than one hour. If you aren’t going out then you are less likely to eat over processed, high fat foods.

9. Go to bed at an unreasonably early hour because you are so exhausted. More sleep equals more energy for the next day to do these steps again!

10. Find your Foster Dog his forever home then spend the next day curled up in a ball mourning his absence. You will be too distraught to eat which will help you shed those last 2 pounds.

It’s that easy, fast and effective! You have now lost 10 pounds in only 7 days while also saving a dog’s life!

If you’d like to shed more, simply repeat these steps the following week with a new foster dog. To sign up for the Foster Diet, visit dogs2ndchance.org

With smiles,

Rebekah Olsen

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This post does not contain any information that is researched, true, healthy, or in any shape or form, recommended for an actual diet. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this post as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
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I Have Been Changed For Good

I recently saw the musical, Wicked, and it was, to say in a word, amazing.

One song that really struck a chord with me was For Good sung by Glinda and Elphaba. The lyrics say:

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime.
So, let me say before we part:
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me
Like a hand print on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you’ll have rewritten mine
By being my friend.

A little over a week ago, I gave up my first foster pup. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

Linda, the founder of Dogs 2nd Chance, found the 6 month old pointer/lab mix hiding from a storm underneath a porch. She named him Monkee, because he flew from couch to chair like a monkey swinging in the trees. At first I didn’t believe it, but within a day of bringing him home I was chasing him around singing the Flying Monkeys theme song from Wizard of Oz.

Monkee created more destruction in my home than Dorothy’s tornado. I was up every four hours during the night, up at the crack of dawn, and didn’t stop until he did, which was never, of course. For two weeks, my world revolved around only him.

It wasn’t long before the wirey little guy found his new home in Omaha, Neb. (and yes, we did drive through Kansas to get him there). A nice gentleman, who had recently lost both his wife and dog from cancer, spotted him on Pet Finder and knew they needed each other.

If you haven’t fostered before, I can sum up the experience in only one sentence:

Giving your foster dog to his new forever home is like giving a stranger a piece of yourself.

You feel lost when they’re gone, like you don’t know where home is anymore.

(Okay, okay, that was two)

My friends and family asked me, If it’s so hard, then why do it?

Simple.

Because, I have been changed for good.

When I was driving away from his new home, I cried, not because I missed him, but because I realized how much I had been changed.

So much of myself now, is what I learned from him.

He gave me courage, a heart, a brain, and a home.

Monkee loved to please, and he tried so hard to do everything right, but as an energetic pup, he often failed; however, he never gave up trying. He showed me that success isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having the courage to try again and again until you get it right.

At every opportunity, I poured my self, my energy, and my love into Monkee, and then I gave him to someone else. Monkee taught me to love unconditionally and then to share that love, a piece of my heart, with others.

As a stray, Monkee didn’t know much about domestic pet life, but he did know love and love is what he did. Monkee showed me that we may not know it all, but we should share what we do know. He inspired me to share my writing and knowledge of pet care.

Finally, Monkee taught me how to open up my home to others less fortunate even if it means sacrificing its condition or our sanity. He taught me that a home isn’t a home because of what’s in it, but rather who’s in it.

I can’t promise that fostering a rescue will also change you for the better, but I can tell you, it will change you for good.

With smiles,

Rebekah

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