Has anyone wondered why so many foster dogs are returned? Or why they "act out" with potential new owners? They have already been through the "system" and then they finally find a home, only to find themselves shuffled through other families who bring them back. I am sure there are stronger and deeper analogies, but I keep coming back to what I know about plants and what I have witnessed with them.
When a plant is uprooted, it goes into shock. Even when you transplant it into a bigger pot with fresh soil, it reacts as if in foreign territory. It takes two to three times the amount of water to begin to re cooperate from the trauma it has undergone and may takes days or weeks to settle in and finally begin to root.
Imagine the shock that would occur if this same plant was uprooted over and over again, only to find it isn't fresh soil to root in, it is rocks or sand or clay without the right amount of water to recover from this shock. Now imagine this upheaval every couple of days, weeks or months. Over and over without receiving the care and nurture it once knew before. Eventually the plant would never recover from the shock or the traumatic changes to it's environment and would die.
Now imagine that traumatize plant after all everything it has been through finding a home full of love and other dogs just like him to share their experience and struggles with. That the dogs feels the warmth, love and security that they may even feel comfortable to root themselves with a sigh of relief that they are finally safe. A dog knows what love is and and the last thing it wants is to loose it, even if they are a good family.
I have to commend anyone who fosters, I don't know how you do it having all those special dogs in your home only to let them go. Personally I couldn't do it. I would just end up adopting them all. It takes a special kind of heart to care for foster dogs and find a new home. Maybe that is why so many dogs want to come back.
Current blog look inspired by, dedicated to, and in memory of Brut. The studded star of the 24 Paws of Love.