This Friday before Memorial Day we are shining the spotlight on a foster duo coming to LA and Wags and Walks all the way from Australia - Isobel and David Lawrance. Memorial Day is a time often spent with family and friends, and while everyone is heading off to their long weekend, we are starting ours with a happy story of foster success!
Isobel and David were the loving foster parents of Henry, before he recently got adopted to his forever home! The story of Isobel, David and Henry is a great example of how fostering dogs not only saves the dog’s life, but it can change yours as well! That’s all from us - we’ll let Isobel and David tell you the rest.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
We are a couple of Australians who moved to LA around 3 years ago. Isobel is an architect and I write for television.
What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?
We love animals and have 3 pet birds back in Australia. They’re being cared for by family while we’re gone, and we miss them a lot so figured caring for an animal in need here in the US would be rewarding for us and for the dog too. So, we signed up to become fosters and have so far found it to be an incredible experience.
To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)
We have fostered one dog, the incomparable Henry. He has definitely been our favorite. He was with us for over 12 months.
What has been your biggest challenge fostering?
Henry had a few behavior problems, which we worked through with a trainer. We persisted with the trainer’s methods and we feel like this really paid off. It made Henry much more confident during the meet & greet with Maggie, who ultimately adopted him!
How has fostering affected you?
For a start we now have a newfound appreciation for large dogs (Henry weighed nearly 100 pounds). We always gravitated towards small dogs but now we can only imagine spending time with the big ones. And, it’s made us a lot more confident with handling dogs in general. Henry’s fearfulness presented some challenges that we now can address in other dogs.
What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?
Isobel: My biggest surprise was looking forward to face-licks.
David: And mine was probably how proud I felt to see my foster dog get adopted into a great forever home.
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?
I would say go for it. There may be some tough times (the hardest part is saying goodbye when your dog finds his or her forever home) but the happiness you’ll experience at seeing a new owner fall in love with your dog is well worth it.
While most foster relationships don’t continue for 12 months before the dog is adopted, David & Isobel’s dedication to Henry and his training was crucial to his being ready for a forever home. We are so happy that Henry found his forever home with Maggie and it would not have been without the endless love and support of Isobel and David!
Fostering is a truly unique experience, and we are thankful to all of our fosters for helping us find our dogs their forever homes. If you are thinking about fostering and are still hesitant, you can find plenty more info about our foster program on our website. Like Isobel and David said, you will be surprised by what fostering can show you about the possibilities of dogs of all breeds and sizes.
With that, we hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend full of smiles, laughs and hopefully some doggie playtime and “face-licks”! And be sure to follow Wags and Walks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks. Because, really, who doesn’t love seeing photos of adorable dogs like Henry?