“Elaine … ELAINE … ELAAAAAINE … “WHAT,” she said in a panicked voice from upstares, knowing something was wrong. “Can you come here?” I ask. As she made her way to the family room in a hurried pace, I had two visitors in my lap. Oden and Guiennis were stretched out, one facing one way and one the opposite, sound asleep and in doggie dreamland. “What's the matter,” she quickly asked. “Can you get me something to drink?” I said and looked at the dogs and looked back at her saying “they're comfortable.” Smiling back at me, “I understand” and off she went to get me something. I will tell you that I pushed that a little when I wanted another and asked again while holding my empty glass in the air but she helped out but not without a small scowl.
The life of a dog rescuer can take on many faces. You are a hero on the one hand and a villain at times when you can’t help, or it is impossible. Many don’t understand what we do or how we do it because they just see the surface and think we can do everything. Oh, how I wish we could wave a magic wand and fix all the problems with all the dogs. It’s usually not the dog’s problem, it comes with the surroundings or settings in the past home. All in all, we have had great success trying to get them back where they need to be.
Sometimes things are pretty hectic with dogs being introduced into the pack of a rescuer but they nearly always work out, and everyone gets on track. The one thing most don’t know is the attachment you get with the dog you’re taking care of. Nearly every foster we have used has adopted one of Clancy’s Dream’s dogs, becoming a foster failure. You learn all the tricks they know, including counter suffering, or ball playing. It’s always fun to see them come out of their shell blooming into a loving creature.
At times, rescuer’s are apprehensive about getting a new dog to care for and then, you fall for them, love them and see their loving heart that at times was buried deep down somewhere in their soul. It’s always a great day when the right family is found, but the downside for anyone who took care of a dog is the small part of their heart that leaves with them. Most times, Elaine wanted to keep the dogs that came through Clancy's Dream because they were unique.
The one thing no one ever sees is the heartache you get when they do go to their new home after you fall in love with them. You keep saying they will be OK but always wonder. Just several weeks ago, an exceptional dog came into one of our fosters that was sick. Everything was done, and every attempt to fix the problem was made, and after many weeks, the dog died. A separate cremation was arranged, and the ashes were transported to the farm where we had a ceremony that was private along with our dogs, and the sweet soul was laid to rest in the folds of the farmstead and around Clancy.
Noone knows what we all go through to help dogs in need. The ups and downs, the love and the pain, but without the help of many people, it wouldn’t be possible. The sad part, there is always more to follow, but we’ll do what we can. We love them like they are our own, sleeping in our bed and running and playing with our dogs. As I write this a 16-month-old purebred BC has his paws on my chair waiting for me to play ball with him, which I will until he goes to his new home very very soon. I will miss him as I do with all of them and each has take a part of my soul. Ken