P.S. Be Happy!

To our darling foster four-legged friends both past & present

We never intentionally set out to foster any other pets, in fact, we were content to be a two cat, one dog family but desperation, hunger, shelter from the storms or possibly fate drove you all in through the cat flap and into our home at one time or other.

Teddy

Teddy

You all must have been so frightened and hungry to sneak in past Hobo and Chloe Hellcat each night to steal a mouthful of biscuits.

We will never know what unimaginable horrors you faced living on the street when you outgrew your cuteness factor. How confused you must have been when the ones you loved and relied on the most were no longer there to protect you when they realised the extent of a lifetime commitment or surrendered you for the price of a couple of bottles of wine. We endeavoured for months to find out whether someone was missing you but all to no avail which was all the more distressing as we couldn’t understand why someone would let you go so easily. Each of you had your own very different problems but we overcame them in the end, with patience and time which was the one thing that this family has in abundance. With a cupboard full of pet food and a roast chicken each Sunday, another hungry mouth to feed would always go unnoticed in our household. Although we aren’t animal behavioural experts, we’ve learned from all of you as I hope that you have taken away from us that not all humans are untrustworthy and mean.

Hobo The Boss

Hobo The Boss

Even old Hobo, who’s now ten, has endeavoured to share with you the joys of playing with an old piece of washing line or has sat alongside you for hours whilst you struggled to come to terms with this new bewildering world.

We promise ourselves after each heartbreaking occasion when we reluctantly relinquish you to your new loving families where we know you will each have the lives you deserve, that this will be the absolute last time but we also know that we won’t be able to resist another four-legged friend who steals in through our door on a stormy night. We are truly grateful for the help of every animal charity that has assisted us with finding and carefully vetting your new devoted families who won’t abandon you at the first hurdle. Thank you for choosing us and the privilege of allowing us to share a little time with you. We wish for you only the very best of things; a warm bed, plenty of good food and above all a lifetime of devotion, dear friends.

With much love from the Dyson Family x

Little Miss Thumbs

Little Miss Thumbs

Fostering a dog or cat isn’t a lifetime commitment, it’s a commitment to saving a life.

32 thoughts on “P.S. Be Happy!

  1. What a wonderful post, all animals deserve a loving home and good food. In return they shower us with love and devotion, amuze us with their antics, protect us and our property and wriggle with joy when we return home even after the shortest absence. I don’t understand people who don’t find having pets appealing. Keep on doing what you are doing – you are making a difference.

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    • I looked at your pictures the other day Maggie, of your two dogs where you said something along the lines of the life that every animal is entitled to and that’s what I also wish. We didn’t set out to be fosterers and its something which has just happened without any planning everytime and I think that any animal owner put in the same situation would do the same

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  2. My parents cat was a half starved waif and stray who decided she wanted to live with them. Despite searching they never found her original owners and she’s been happily with them for nearly a year and they love her to bits! Who needs a pedigree….?

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    • Hello Gunta, as we’re in May next week I need to drop you an email as I haven’t forgotten and confidentially, I well up every time I think about all the waifs & strays that have stayed under this roof at one time or other

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  3. In my experience cats generally find us.
    Sadly we lost our cat Jack this past Feb. He was my best little buddy in the whole world.
    The stress of that did me no good I can tell you and continues still.
    Sorry, didn’t mean to dump that on you.

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    • Oh Phil, I’m so sorry. I know he was adored because you spoke of him often & I am sure that he had the very best home that any animal could have had. The fact that you still miss him tells me how much he was loved as all animals should be

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  4. I have come to the conclusion that we are not the most advanced species that walks this earth. And Charles M. Schultz, the creator of Peanuts agrees with me!

    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
    For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” Charles M. Schulz

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  5. I can’t foster an animal that won’t be mine forever. It’s too hard to let go of them but I’m glad there are people like your family out there who do this so these animals will someday end up in their forever homes.

    My aunt and uncle are actually fostering a black lab right now. I’m not sure if this is done in England, but we have an organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind which places dogs with foster families for the first year and a half of their lives. The dogs then are paired up with either a blind person or a disabled person (usually in a wheelchair) and do intensive training so they can become service dogs. Some go on to be bomb sniffing security dogs that work in airports and the like. While you foster the dog, you have to follow a training regimen and attend special training classes with other families who are fostering dogs for Guiding Eyes. Their foster dog Iko has so much energy and actually seeing them deal with him has turned me off to getting a big dog forever–only small and medium sized dogs in my future! He is due to leave them sometime this summer but he could always end up back with them. Not all dogs make it through the program simply because they just aren’t cut out for the life of a service dog. But I do admire what my aunt and uncle are trying to do.

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    • What an outstanding thing to do and very admirable far more taxing and work orientated than us. The cats just turn up at our house and apart from a few phone calls/posters we just feed them. Eventually I do want a big dog but I’m going to have to wait a while for that

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  6. Dallas you and your family rock! I love how you love animals and take care of them when needed. It breaks my heart to think about all of the homeless animals out there and nothing makes my blood boil more than someone who dumps a helpless creature after having them in their home. You are a superstar in my eyes, friend!

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  7. Dallas, I know your soft spot for animals in need of help and love – and that makes you to a very caring person … in all other areas too. I would love a cat or dog again, miss my two cats so much at times still, Whisky & Zoda … but I can’t have any pets when I travel as I do, but one day!! Thanks for sharing your heart-full story about your four legged friends. Hobo is a copy of my Whisky, big .. smooth and black! *smile

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