Thanks to all of the very generous donations, Cranberry is doing great after her cataract surgery. She appears to be enjoying the vision provided by the single eye cataract repair - her other eye had a detached retina, thus no vision. Nola will have surgery tomorrow, 6/12, but there were unexpected complications that have caused her surgery to be more extensive. However, thanks to all of you, we have enough to accomplish everything the ophthalmologist is recommending --- left cataract replacement with endolaser to hopefully prevent future glaucoma in this eye and right eye enucleation with prosthesis (to keep her "cuteness") since the pressures are only minimally controlled on eye medications. With Nola's personality and level of activity, she is anticipated to be an excellent candidate for both procedures and hopefully someone will adopt her based on these traits. Call Barb at 614-554-1300 to get a progress report on Nola
have been placed to date in Loving Permanent Homes through Columbus
I believe I can make a difference for each dog I foster, & for their new family. I'll admit, sometimes it is not easy to be a proud foster Mom and then see them go. I have come to a place within myself that allows me to do this.
I began fostering long ago for another rescue. In that time I was able to experience fostering 3 cocker spaniels & knew I liked the breed. I had Shadow, my Border Collie mix rescue I adopted, & my 2 mixed breed rescues, Buddy and Goldi, who were reaching their golden years and becoming fragile. I decided to suspend fostering then, and give them the time they needed. Within the past 2 years I have had to walk my friends Buddy at 16, & Goldi, at 14 yrs 9 months, to the rainbow bridge which is never easy. I always knew I would foster again. You see no dog ever takes the place of another in my heart. I tell the kids I teach, "I have a big heart and I will grow a new place for each one." When I was ready, I applied to foster for CCR.
I began fostering for CCR in July 2011. I have had 5 fosters so far & adopted one. Each dog is different. I watch and listen trying to know as much of their story as I can. I let them be part of my home life & daily routines. I give them the love and support they need to feel secure. Dogs that have suffered greatly will begin to respond, develop, and thrive. This experience is a great reward. I know when my foster dog goes to a home that has been thoroughly checked, and the dog can return if the match doesn't work. Working with my fellow volunteers helps me believe that there are good and caring people in the world. Fostering is not for everyone but, we can all make a difference in some way.
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I foster because when I adopted my 2 dogs through CCR (both puppy mill rescues), it made me painfully aware of just how many dogs out there are in need of a home. I know that I would hate to think of my dogs in kennels at the shelter or in boarding day in and day out. It is so important for these dogs to be in a home, being surrounded by things that they wouldn't otherwise be subjected to in boarding.
Once these dogs are in a home environment, you can see what their likes/dislikes are which is very valuable information for their potential forever home. The dogs are so much happier & can adjust easier. They aren't scared in a noisy shelter so their true personalities come out. It's been a very rewarding experience so far. Even though it was quite painful to give up a recent foster I had grown to love dearly, I wouldn't change the experience for the world. She is now in such a wonderful forever home with people who are going to spoil her the way she deserves. Now, I can help another dog which is what I know my previous foster would want.
Dogs are very resilient! With love, you can turn even the saddest dog into a happy one in a safe environment. What's cuter than seeing a dog's tail wag so hard that the rest of their body goes along with it? Not much if you ask me :)
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When I was a little girl, my first dog was an Irish Setter named Red. My dad use to hook him up to my little red wagon and Red would take me on trips around the yard! This dog was very good natured, he loved everyone, canine and human! Later in life, when I moved into my first apartment, I got a cocker that I named Sam. He is the best dog, companion, and friend. It made me sad to think that there were dogs out there who would never know the love and have the life that my spoiled dog has. When I moved into my first house, I made the decision that I was going to try and change that...one dog at a time.
I decided to foster with the Columbus Cocker Rescue because I felt that I knew the breed well. Cocker Spaniels have such fun personalities! Fostering is such rewarding job. You are helping these already great dogs blossom into their own. Everyday with a foster brings new challenges and milestones. Figuring out a dogs personal quirks is so much fun and the first time they sit when you give them the signal makes you want to jump for joy!
My husband "J.J." and I do not regret our decision to foster, and the people at CCR are the greatest group of dog lovers I have ever met. I am happy with my second 'job' and hope to continue into the foreseeable future!
(Mindy is pictured here, with several foster furkids, at one of our adoption events)
WHY I FOSTER: - Wendy
the loss of our ever faithful mix breed Ginger, we searching
for another family member to help fill the hole in our hearts, & a companion for our
surviving dog, Reggie. We were searching for a beagle, but
kept coming back to a funny little cocker spaniel we saw on
petfinder. After reviewing & meeting lots of dogs, we chose
that cocker, Katy, from Columbus Cocker Rescue. She wasn't
the easiest dog, & we had to work with some issues due
to her neglect prior to rescue, but Katy was definately OUR
dog! Our love for Katy, led us to wanting to help & foster
other cockers in need. We have also adopted another CCR cocker,
Lady Bug, and a senior beagle, Kenny, & a wonderful cat
named Sooty, from a locat rescue as well. We are a busy family!
Even though we are a busy with
kids, pets, work schedules, we always have a place in our
home for a foster. In a year and a half, we've successfully
fostered 15 dogs total so far! Our children are learning
the lesson of giving of oneself & charity, & we
still keep in touch with most of the family's that have adopted
our fosters. Fostering has enriched our lives, & have
made us better pet parents along the way.
WHY I FOSTER: - Angie
I foster because
someone fostered my furkids before I found them. My first
dog, Clay, was fostered by Planned Pethood. He was the best "first
dog" ever - thanks to the love he had in his foster
home. I kept in touch with his foster mom, and took him to
see her a year after the adoption. When Clay was "all
too soon" diagnosed with a terminal illness & his
time on this earth was cut too short, I knew that he wasn't
my last furkid, but the first of many to come. After a time,
a friend referred me to the CCR website, and well, I had
a heart for Cammie - she was a little older and had been
in the rescue a while. Her adoption was finalized in 2006, & it
has been another roller coaster ride, especially when we
welcomed a cat to our family six months later, but I'm finding
roller coasters to be rather enjoyable :-)
CCR fosters all
of the dogs rescued, as does Planned Pethood. When I heard
of the number of dogs being given up for financial reasons,
and how great a need there was for foster homes, I signed
up. That was March, 2009 - I am on foster #12 right now.
While I have not yet adopted any of them, they all have a
place in my heart. I have helped to play a part in each of
their successful adoptions, which is so rewarding! There
are challenges with most of the dogs, but to see the love
in their eyes, and the happy tail at the end of their story
(when they find their forever home)... makes it all worthwhile!!!
Why I foster: Ted
My wife and I do not have any children, and we consider our dogs our kids. I foster, transport & pull these cockers from kill shelters & other sad situations, because after all these poor creatures have been through in their short lives, we find that there is no better reward than to see the look on the faces of both the dog, and the adopter, when we bring them together. To see this, makes it all worth while, and knowing that we did something to help & played a part in the lives of all involved, makes us happy.
It is a job that isn't always easy, but we couldn't see us not trying to help. So please, if you can do anything to help, my wife and I ask you to step up if you can, and discover the same fulfillment we have.
WHY I FOSTER: Andrea
I decided to become a foster because it breaks my heart to see abused and neglected dogs. I believe if given the chance, all dogs will love us unconditionally and be amazing pets! After adopting my beautiful new best friend (Dottie) and seeing her come out of her shell, I knew we could give another dog a new chance. Fostering is something that is rewarding not only for dog to whom I am giving a temporary home, but for me as well. They learn to trust and love and be good citizens. Its a fun process, and I hope to stay involved as much as possible
Why I foster: JENNIFER
In January of '09 I lost my best friend of 15+ years, Bandit. That cocker boy meant the world to me, and we used to be called Timmie & Lassie, because we were always together.
When I had to say goodbye to him, I was beside myself with grief. He was a constant in my life, & then was gone. Barb (our director) gave me some much needed support & said when I was ready, I should foster for CCR. After a few months passed, I was at the vet's office with my Boxer when Jess (our intake coordinator) saw me and introduced me to this beautiful chocolate merle, litte blind cocker named Tessie. She asked if I would like to foster her. I told her to give me a few days to think about it. Well it was less than an hour later my husband agreed, and I called to say I was in! Tessie was my very first foster.
Fostering is an important part of my life. I am overjoyed when I can help an animal find its forever home. There are many neglected animals out there and if I can do my part by helping a cocker in need by giving back some of the unconditional love and joy that Bandit gave me, then I am doing something right. In my short journey with CCR I have made a lot of new friends (human and canine) and my husband and I even adopted a black cocker named Remy! I get great joy out of helping a cocker find its forever home and special family. This is something that doesn't get old, and I hope I am lucky enough to continue for a long time to come.
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Recently I was asked why I became a foster parent for cocker "kids". "Well", I replied, "I'm too young to be old and an empty nest promotes 'couch potatoism', a disease I choose to fight". On reflection, I was thinking of being a foster parent to children but I have yet to find a youngster that understands the simple, "Sit, Stay!" command.
Seriously, I've had cockers for years but generally never more than one at a time. Now three are part of my immediate family and three foster "kids" round out the extended family.
Just about all these guys and gals were grabbed out of the jaws of death. Their eyes tell their stories. Some show the effects of constant fear, others never want to be hungry again, or shivering cold in a dark lonely place, and some just come to us with terribly broken hearts. Each one is different. Each one needs something special from us to overcome their life experience.
Fostering these "kids" isn't like raising a dog from a puppy. These animals come with fully developed personalities. Each has a past shrouded in mystery. Piecing together their past is a continuing mental exercise that helps us to redirect their behavior and mold their future.
It's our job and privilege to navigate them across a bridge to a new home, a new family, and a longer and happier life.
A lot of people tell me they can't foster, because they would want to keep all of the animals they house. I agree with the sentiment. I wouldn't be a good foster dad if I didn't want to keep them all. Thanks to the Columbus Cocker Rescue's rigorous screening of new adoptive parents, I have overcome those feelings.
I now see the bigger picture. The happy faces of Scott and Shelly and the excitement of their 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter who have opened their homes to a "rescued" dog speaks loudly to me. To watch Laura look at her new "best friend" in the hopes that he will fill the empty spot left from her beloved former dog puts fostering in its proper perspective. Changing the lives of people is the silver lining that emerges from the dark cloud of discarded dogs.
Fostering is about helping dogs live to fulfill their purpose to help people live. And that's why I became a foster parent for the Columbus Cocker Rescue.
(Steve is pictured here at a local adoption even with one of his fosters)
WHY I FOSTER: -
I was unaware of all the wonderful
cocker spaniels that were being abused and abandoned
until I happened upon Herb (red and white parti) at
the Hocking County Humane Society. After adopting Herb
we decided he needed a friend. I started searching
the internet and found the Columbus Cocker Rescue site.
I couldn't believe there were so many beautiful cockers
needing help! I carefully read through all the listings
to find the perfect partner for Herb, and found Lily
(our black and white ). Then I kept watching and reading
the website cocker stories & saw
a need for more people to help foster. After retiring,
I decided I could help by fostering in my spare time.
We have since adopted Buttons (a black and white vision
impaired snuggler my husband fell in love with) & Skooter,a
chocolate and white parti. Our house is now full, but
we will continue to foster one dog at a time.
Our family will continue to foster one dog at a time
to try and make a difference. Getting to know the dogs
and seeing them placed with just the right family is
very gratifying and makes me feel like I am doing something
worth while with my time.
Here I am with all our cocker
kids, & a foster gal.