Video Transcript

So let me tell you exactly what fostering a dog is.

OK, let’s talk about exactly what fostering a dog is. And, let’s use Marley’s Mutts as an example. It’s perfect because that’s who I’m fostering Blossom through. Now Marley’s Mutts is based in Southern California, and they’re an awesome rescue, but they don’t have a big enough facility and the cost it would go into that and all of the care and maintenance and everything that goes into that.

Marley's Mutts Logo

They just couldn’t take all of the dogs that they could take without their foster network. And what’s great about a foster network is it’s a bunch of individuals that raise their hand and say, you know what, I want to help a dog. They take a dog like Blossom for example, how I took Blossom into my home and she comes to live with me until she’s ready to go into her new home.

Blossom in Shelter

And there’s a couple reasons that’s so important. One, like we talked about, the shelter just can’t take on that many animals so it really helps them. Two, it helps the dog, like Blossom, or cat learn what a home is. Right, there’s potty training, there’s food, there’s love, boundaries are usually set.

And then so they’re more likely to stay in an adopted home when they get there because foster parent has already worked with them. You can probably sit here for hours and talk more about it. I will tell you, just imagine if every person fostered a dog. It would make a big impact if not, eliminate dogs being put down, which is just completely unnecessary, a problem we have created and we can all solve together. It’s one reason you’re watching this channel and so many of you have subscribed because you believe in this.

Rocky Kanaka & Blossom

By the way, if you haven’t subscribed, you should subscribe right now if you think this face is cute. And I’m pointing to Blossom’s face not; This face. Look at that! If you don’t subscribe to that, you are a mean person. Oh, and click that notification bell too so that YouTube tells you when a new video is up, like Blossom right here because her journey has been really awesome. She’s got a full series of videos, you should check it out. Now, the people sending me direct messages that are really aggressive, that I’m a horrible person if I don’t keep her. I understand where you’re coming from.

Every time I work with a dog, and that dog goes into a loving home, my heart is broken, and there are tears shed. But I’m not doing it for me. I don’t, a lot of people say, well I couldn’t foster because the heartbreak of when the dog has to go. But you know, that’s not why you foster a dog. You don’t foster for you, you foster to save a life like this, right? She now is, her life is saved. And she’s going to have a complete and whole life in her new home with her new mom which is so awesome. And trust me, it would be so easy for me to keep her.

Blossom is walking with happy face

Oh, I would love it. She is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. But I can’t, because I need to work with more dogs who need help like Blossom does. Now some of you said, well, she’s gonna completely regress and all the work you’ve done is going to go away. It won’t. What we’ve done with Blossom is we’ve taught her that she can trust humans. And now, she knows how to trust. Will she likely take a step back? Yes. And taking a step back isn’t even the right word. Will she likely have some concern in her new home and not feel comfortable immediately?

Blossom before & after rescue

Yeah. And I think that’s perfectly normal. I think that’s perfectly normal for even children, or humans, right? You’re a little apprehensive at first, then you warm up, you get to know your surroundings, and you get to know the person, and that’s what Blossom’s going to go through. But she’s made so much progress. She’s still going to wag her tail. She still knows how to eat out of a dog bowl now and drink out of a water bowl. She’s potty-trained. All these things she never had before.

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