Most of us know what fostering is, right?  I'll even provide the dictionary's definition of it for you.  


  [faw-ster, fos-ter]  Show IPA

verb (used with object)


to promote the growth or development of;further; encourage: to foster new ideas.


to bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child.


to care for or cherish.

Well, I'm here to tell you that there is a whole other world of fostering out there these days.  I have NO idea for how long this has been going on but it's fairly new to me within the last 5 years or so.  

That would be fostering an animal, mostly dogs and cats.  I suppose there are other types of critters who get fostered but I'm not about that.  

There are so many dogs and cats out there I don’t think anyone can know how many.  In our area of DevilsLake there are way too many out there who have no home. 

For what ever reason owners don’t get them spayed or neutered and they just keep having litter after litter.  Again, for what ever reason people somehow think pets are disposable, that they don’t need a forever home and a constant loving companion like most domestic critters do.  Even humans need that.  When they either have to move or are just tired of taking care of their dog or cat they think they can just call a shelter and dump them off there or worse yet, they take them somewhere and dump them at a farm or just in the middle of nowhere to fend for themselves when they don’t know how.

Then there is the low life who gets a pet to beat up on or torture or what ever other evil thing.  It breaks my heart to even think about that. But I’ll stay away from that one.  How anyone who has had a loyal pet for any amount of time could just throw them away I just do not know. 

I’ve always been a dog lover and there’s been a time when I wasn’t able to have one around.  But for the last 30 years or more I’ve been blessed with having one or two for their whole life time.  There is nothing like the unconditional love and loyalty of a dog to make you feel love, wanted and welcome. 

We’ve had three then two dogs since my husband and I have been married, which is seven years.  They both are getting up there in age for a dog, ten years old each.  It has gotten fairly quiet around here the last couple of years.  They are slowing down like we are. 

A few months ago I had some “doggie” stuff to donate to what ever origination I could find here, being new to North Dakota.  That’s when I met LuAnnwhoruns; The Lil Cottage - ND Animal Rescue in DevilsLake.  ·This woman runs this rescue by herself (plus works a full time job) except with the help of volunteers, and as we well know volunteers can be far and few between.  She has a small group that help in different ways but we all know there’s never enough help.

For brevity sake I will skip all the build up details but I have found myself fostering a dog.  This poor dog’s owner is elderly and has a medical condition that makes it very difficult for her to care for this dog and out of desperation she was going to have the dog euthanized which is so heart breaking to think about on to many levels but my knee jerk reaction was, not while I’m here. 

I’ve always had small to medium size dogs and now I have a new house guest who weighs in at 120 pounds.  Yup, you heard me.  He is a Saint Barnard/Lab mix.  He is one gentle, well behaved dog but loves to play and during play bounds around like a puppy, playing fetch is his favorite.  He is a true companion dog as he likes to be close as much a possible.  He will make someone a wonderful pet. 

My two small dogs are traumatized by his mere size.  My Shih Tzu couldn’t believer her eyes…that was funny to watch but it didn’t help her any.  She hasn’t been in the living room since.  I didn’t think that would be the case at all, especially since my beagle is pretty dominant but not in this case.  To make matters worse, our new guest has the same name as my beagle.  Who would have thought!  This make for one mixed up house hold trying to discipline one dog with the same name as another.  It’s not working. 

So I need help finding him a forever home.  If you, the reader or someone you may know would be open to give this wonderful dog a forever home we both would be so grateful.  He is 9 years old, has just a touch of arthritis in his hips but you’d never know it to see him romp after a ball.  He is up on all shots and is neutered.  And I’m serious when I say he is a love bug. 

So please contact me through the paper or contact LuAnn Hinderscheit at The Lil’ Cottage – ND Rescue, at 701-662-4357 or email (which by the way is not a “pound” or shelter).