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My Failed Experience As A Foster Mom To A Senior Maltese Dog

Mary's dogs are members of her family. She enjoys writing about her furbabies.


I was a foster Mom to a Maltese Dog

When I was a child, I brought home every stray dog or cat that would “follow me home”. I was not allowed to keep them all, of course, but I was always able to convince my parents that I was their only hope of survival. We lived in the country and had plenty of room for the animals to run and play. We had other animals: cows, pigs, goats, and some chickens. My rescued animals ran and played with those animals; they loved to chase the chickens most of all.

When I grew up I married a Veterinarian, and he would bring horses home that had been neglected and left to die. When they first came to us, they would be pitiful. Their ribs would show, and their hooves would be terribly in need of a farrier to trim them. He took great pride in returning these horses back to health by a good diet and lots of tender, loving care.

The desire to rescue animals has never left me. If I could, I would take them all. I would give them love, a good home, and the best life possible for them. Our local Animal Shelter and my Veterinarian know how I feel about animals, and when they need someone to take a stray or an injured dog that needs nursing they call me. My job is be a foster parent and nurse the dog back to health so it can be adopted. When a foster dog comes to me, I know that my job is exactly that. I understand it will be temporary. I tearfully give the dog up for adoption when the time comes. Then I am ready for another dog to foster.

I got a call one day from our local Animal Shelter to foster a senior maltese. I never know what to expect when I go there for an animal, or what condition the dog will be in. I was not prepared to see this little creature when they handed him to me. I know what a Maltese is supposed to look like, and this dog didn’t look like your regular Maltese. He was seriously underweight. When I picked him up, I could feel all of his little ribs. He was skin and bones. He was missing some teeth. He had a bad ear infection that was draining. He had abscesses in his remaining teeth. He was found with no tags, no microchip, and no identification of any kind. They guessed that someone just put him out on the street. I would like to think that he just accidentally got out of his house and got lost. I choose not to think that anyone could be so heartless that they would forsake this little guy. He was so frightened, but he seemed to know that I was his friend.

The Maltese I Fostered Sporting His New Halter

My Fostered Maltese Is Getting Better Now

I named my fostered dog Mister. The first week I had Mister he remained aloof. I cooked chicken for him which he would eat from my hand. I treated his ears with the ointment the Vet. gave me to use. I had him micro chipped. I took him to my Dog Groomer who bathed him and cut out all the mats in his hair. She gave him a nice haircut.

The Shelter Veterinarian had given him the shots they thought he needed. After a week or so, he began to show signs of feeling better. After three weeks, his ears got well after treatment with the ointment the Vet. had given me to use. The Shelter Vet. put him to sleep long enough to pull out his four abscessed teeth. He learned how to use the little doggie door, and he would run in and out, and play in the yard with my Miniature Schnauzer, Baby. Baby was never jealous of Mister which surprised me. She seemed to understand that he had never had the advantages she has had. She accepted him from the start.

My Fostered Maltese And My Miniature Schnauzer

Baby, My Miniature Schnauzer

My Fostered Maltese Begins To Play

Mister began to play. When he woke up in the mornings in my bed, he would wag his tag and be so happy to see me. He would play “peek-a-boo” with his paws. I didn’t teach him to do that: maybe someone did love him enough at one time to teach him this little trick.

Mister, My Fostered Maltese Playing Peek-A-Boo

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I Am A Failure At Being A Foster Parent

When Mister regained his health, and weighed five pounds, I returned him to the Shelter. I’ll never forget his expression when he realized I was going to leave him there. It was an expression of disbelief! I tearfully left him and came home. I didn’t even park the car. I drove straight back to the Shelter. I told them I wanted to adopt Mister. I couldn’t let him go. When they brought him back to me, he was overjoyed! I was, too!

My Handsome Adopted Maltese Is Glad To Be Home

Consider Adopting A Maltese

Please don’t ever try and tell me that animals don’t feel neglect, pain, disappointment, joy, devotion, gratitude, and other emotions that we think we as humans can only feel. I know better. You just have to look into their expressful eyes to know what they are feeling.

I encourage anyone who is thinking of getting a little dog to consider the Maltese. As a breed for a small dog: They are hypoallergenic, (shed very little), very loving, good for apartment living, love children and adults alike, but usually are devoted to one person.

There are a lot of Maltese rescues around the country. Rescue one of these wonderful dogs and you will have a friend for life!

Cute Video of Jack, A Maltese Who Talks Back

About How My Miniature Schnauzer Trains ME

Very Good Hub on the Maltese Breed

A beautiful Hub by Peggy W. about a rescued Pomeranian.

A sweet Hub by debbiepinkston about her Maltese

© 2011 Mary Hyatt


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 28, 2015:

Hi, PegCole17 Thank you so much. Mister really did seem to be thankful he had found a loving home, finally. He was such a joy, Mary

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 28, 2015:

This is such a beautiful story of love and compassion. What joy these neglected animals feel when they find a truly kind person like you to give them a forever home. Thanks so much for sharing this today. Your little Mister is one lucky boy to have you.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 27, 2015:

Hi, Sunshine625. Oh, yes; I have NO doubt dogs have feelings. Your dad's dog was in mourning, that's for sure. If and when my little doggie, Baby, leaves for doggie heaven, I will get another Maltese!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 27, 2015:

You are such a warm, caring woman I just knew you would return for Mister. I bet he was thrilled! I believe dogs have feeling too. I remember back in 1983 when my dad passed away, his dog went into such a funk that he could barely lift his head. It was heartbreaking, but he bounced back eventually. Your story was inspiring! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 19, 2014:

Hi, Silva. Daisy sounds like an adorable dog! I truly believe the Maltese is an idea breed, and of course, the Poodle is excellent, too. So Daisy has the best of the two breeds.

I'm so glad you enjoyed my story about Mister. Goodnight, Mary

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on May 19, 2014:

Lovely story. Lucky Mister! We have a fabulous little dog named Daisy living with us; she feels more emotion than many humans seem to. Daisy is Maltese and teacup Poodle. She is kind and brave and loves everyone. Her most favorite thing to do is play fetch. That's how she stays in such good condition. She adores our granddaughters and sits up protecting them all night long when they stay over. She feels extreme joy when they come in the door and overwhelming sadness when they leave. We call her our little Drama Queen.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 24, 2014:

Hi, Nell So nice to see you! Yes, this little guy was a pleasure to have and care for. I don't make a good foster mom cause I want to adopt all the animals!

Thanks for reading, my best, Mary

Nell Rose from England on March 22, 2014:

Loved this story mary, more people should help animals like this, have a wonderful weekend, nell

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 18, 2013:

Hi debbiepinkston. I had to laugh when I read your comment about your Binky. I also have a Miniature Schnauzer and a Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu won't have anything to do with a ball; only likes squeaky toys. The Schnauzer only wants to fetch! They definitely have their likes and dislikes, don't they? I agree: Maltese are a wonderful breed!

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on January 18, 2013:

Maltese are such a wonderful breed. They are gentle and very loyal! Mine (Binky) isn't yappy and doesn't chew on things. He's the perfect dog, except that he won't play fetch. I throw the ball (a tiny one) and he just looks at it. :-)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 18, 2013:

Hi, DeborahNeyens. Thanks for reading and commenting. I just knew I couldn't leave this precious little dog that I had come to love (and he loved me, too). He is one of a kind!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 18, 2013:

What a great story and so glad it had a happy ending for you and Mister. I found myself holding my breath when I got to the part about taking him back to the shelter and was so relieved when you turned around and went back!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 17, 2013:

Hi, Faith A. Mullen. I'll never forget how happy Mister was when he saw me coming back for him. Dogs just amaze me with their emotions and how they show them. He is a precious dog.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Mary

Faith A Mullen on January 17, 2013:

I loved reading this story and have to agree with Audrey - my heart stopped at the part when you took Mister back to the shelter. I would have ended up having to adopt him too. Such a cutie. So glad you both got a happy ending.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 10, 2013:

Good Morning, Audrey Howitt. This little guy turned out to be one of the best dogs I ever had. I just love the Maltese breed.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Audrey Howitt from California on January 09, 2013:

I am so glad that this had a good ending!!! My heart thumped a bit when you took Mister back to the shelter

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 11, 2012:

Good Morning, Thomas. Thanks for finding my story about rescuing my Maltese, Mister. No, I don't foster dogs anymore because I just can't have another dog, I have two and that's enough for me. I want to bring all the shelter dogs home!

Mister is just an adorable dog and he knows how much I love him and he responds to that love.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 10, 2012:


As I was reading this I realized that I would not make a good foster them back would be entirely too hard and when I saw the picture of Mister playing peek-a-boo I wondered how you would be able to give him out you couldn't either. You are awesome!

Damn straight animals feel a wide spectrum of emotions that many don't give them credit for!

I'm glad you let me know this story was out there!



Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 06, 2012:

Thank you Mary! I will try that out. So much to learn still!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 06, 2012:

Hi debbiepinkston, go all the way to the bottom of the page. In the grey area about half way, you will see "link to this page". Right click that. A blue message will appear with my name and tracking number. After you get that, left click "copy". Close that. Go to your Hub about Binky. Edit, add "link" , click edit, where it says URL: left click and paste. Hit save. You can put the link capsule whereever you like. Most people put it at the end of their Hub.

It's a good feature for both Hubbers. You might want to go the learning center to find out more about this feature.

Hope this helps. Mary

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 06, 2012:

Mary, how do I link this hub to mine about Binky?

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 05, 2012:

Hi debbiepinkston, I'm so glad you found my Hub about Mister! He has added so much to my life. I think the Maltese is just a sweet, loving breed. Like I said in my Hub, it took Mister a while to trust me, and who could blame him?

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 05, 2012:

Mary, I can totally identify with what you went through. I adopted Binky and have never regretted it! He is so appreciative of everything and so loyal and attached to me. When I first got him he didn't play and it was around 3 months before he learned to play. His favorite toys are plastic jar lids, or the detergent bottle lids that spin around on the tile floors. He nudges them enough to get them to roll or spin, and then barks at them as if they're alive!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 06, 2012:

You're welcome. I'll have to read more about your dogs!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 06, 2012:

Hi, Victoria Lynn, thanks for reading and commenting on my Maltese dog. Yes, he is just the sweetest little thing in the world. I have a miniature schnauzer, Baby, who I have written Hubs about and bored everyone to death reading about her, too.

You have a shih tzu mix. I have one of those, too. Her name is Bailey. (I've written about her, too!)

I love the shih tzu. They are so intelligent and sweet.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 06, 2012:

Oh, I love your story! I'm so glad you kept him. Oh, what a face he must have given you when you left. I can imagine! If I had fewer animals at home already, I would consider foster parenting. Maybe one day. It's so great that you do that. I hope Mister is still doing well. He's a doll. Looks a lot like my Gizmo, a shih tzu, Pekingnese, terrier mix. I suspect he may have some Maltese in him, too. Great hub. Many votes. I love it!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2012:

Hi Becky Katz, thanks so much for reading about my recued Maltese. I 'll bet you could tell some good stories about working in a Vet's office. I worked with my husband, a Vet, for many years, and I know it's a tough job.

I've always loved animals, the little Schnauzer I have adds a lot of my life.


Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on July 05, 2012:

I would foster but I can't remember to take my own medicine half the time. I love animals and had the privelege of working at a vets when I was just out of High School. I never had a problem with any of them because they all knew I loved them.

A man brought a 3 month old kitten in one night that had gotten caught in the fanbelt of his car on a cold night. He didn't own it and couldn't have pets but he paid for the emergency visit and a weeks boarding. When we couldn't find it a home, the vet was going to put him down and I took him home. He was only going to stay for a short time until I found him a home. I kept him.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 25, 2012:

Hi jennzie, thanks for reading about my little Maltese that I rescued. It is tough being a foster Mom; that's why I try not to take them anymore. I get too attached to them.

Thank you for the votes, I appreciate that.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 25, 2012:

Hi, Peggy W. Thanks for linking my Hub to yours, too. Your Pomeranian, Skippy, is precious. Yes, I'm a pushover for needy dogs. I won't ever forget the expression in Mister's eyes when he thought I was leaving him.

Thanks so much for the votes, and the share. I appreciate that.


Jenn from Pennsylvania on June 25, 2012:

What a great story! Mister is such a cutie- I'm glad he is now healthy and happy. I would also like to foster animals, though I'm sure if I did I wouldn't be able to let them go as well.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for adding a link at the end of your wonderful hub leading them to the Pomeranian dog that my mother rescued and that we still have. I knew from your writings that you have a big heart and now you have added more confirmation with your love of animals in need. We have also rescued many from the streets over the years, paid vet bills, etc. and found good homes for a good many of them. I'm glad that you decided to keep Mister and give him a good life after whatever had happened to him prior to your rescuing and nursing him back to health. The photos of him and Baby are so cute. Bless you! Votes up and sharing and I'll definitely link this back to the one about Skippy.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 09, 2012:

Hi, Lucky Cats, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub about my Maltese I failed at fostering. It isn't for everyone, that's for sure. I try very hard now to say NO, but sometimes I give in and take an animal to foster. Thanks so much for the votes,I do appreciate that. Goodnight.

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on June 09, 2012:

Mary..GOOD for you! I love this story. I am so grateful and thankful for those who can foster and let go...I, for one, have never been good at it...though I've tried. I had a cat named "Mister Man." similar to "Mr. Mister!!" LO....Up Useful beautfiul awwwwwsome!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 09, 2012:

Good Morning, moonlake. Nice to see you! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub on fostering a Maltese. I try not to foster anymore, because I just don't want to be tempted to keep another dog, but it's hard to refuse. Thanks so much for the votes, I appreciate that!

moonlake from America on June 09, 2012:

Your dogs are so cute. You couldn't help it that you fell in love with him. We can't control our hearts. My niece fosters goldens and I think she has keep all her fosters. If your ever watching Funniest Home Videos and girl goes in the basement and says "Good Morning Puppies." You see a bunch of puppies jump up, they're in a playpen, that's my niece and puppies she fostered. She kept their mother. Voted Up

I can't foster because I know I can't give back.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 25, 2012:

Hi billips, thanks for reading my Hub about my failure to foster this little dog. I agree; these little guys worm their way right into our hearts. Mister sure got into my heart. Have a great day!

billips from Central Texas on April 25, 2012:

I was immediately drawn to this article - my daughter too failed as a foster parent - her fostering lasted less than twenty-four hours, when she emailed me about her failure - she adopted her foster-dog, a little rat terrier, in spite of the fact that she already had four dogs - Hank Jr. makes number five - dogs just worm their way into your heart so quickly - B.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 05, 2012:

Hi tillsontitan, thanks so much for reading about my rescued Maltese dog. It's easy to get attached to these dogs in need. Thanks for the nice compliment, too. Bye for now....

Mary Craig from New York on March 05, 2012:

Oh Mary! You are truly outstanding. Our love of dogs gives us a bond but I don't have the courage you do to foster dogs, I'd wind up with fifteen dogs and a divorce! Seriously Jack is very lucky and adorable. Great job on writing and caring. You are an inspiration to us all!!!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 27, 2012:

Hi, Simone Smith, thanks for reading my Hub about my rescued Maltese. This breed is just the sweetest breed ever! They are hypoallergenic, too. See you again, soon....

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on February 27, 2012:

Mister is so cute! I've never known any Maltese dogs- thanks for introducing me to the breed :D

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 27, 2012:

Good Morning, donnaisabella, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about my rescued Maltese, Mister. Yes, he was a sweetheart of a dog. I have a Miniature Schnauzer which you met in my Hub about Mister. I did a Hub about her, too. She's the Queen of our house! Did you did a Hub about your Schnauzer? I'd love to read that one. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Isabella Mukanda from Fort Myers on February 26, 2012:

What a lovely hub about a little Maltese! I was so touched by your story, when you returned Mister to the shelter, I almost cried. I am so glad you adopted him. I did my pitch on the Schnauzer, I thought I was pretty convincing, I am beginning to love the Maltese too. But, well, I will stick to my schnauzer meantime. Thanks for sharing, its beautiful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 26, 2012:

Thanks for the nice compliment, Arlene. I agree I have enjoyed reading some of the Hubs about recues. Haven't had time to read them all, though. Goodnight.

Arlene V. Poma on February 26, 2012:

You have a good heart, Mary, and it shows in your wonderful writing. This week, tt has been a joy to read all of these wonderful articles about people who rescue, foster and adopt animals.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 26, 2012:

Hi, Arlene V. Poma. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about Mister, my rescued Maltese. I said I was a failure at being a foster Mom because I couldn't let him go! I still foster dogs. It is a tough job, but rewarding, too. Glad you rescued the horse. So many of them are destroyed needlessly. Thanks for the votes, too!

Arlene V. Poma on February 26, 2012:

What a wonderful article. I would not be able to foster a rescue animal. I would get too attached and I am too selfish to let them leave. But I've talked to people who constantly foster rescue animals, and they're okay with the adoptions. It is so much harder to rescue horses. I got a 23-year-old Thoroughbred back to health, and that was a very rewarding experience since he is still being ridden. Horses are much harder to adopt out. If, at all. I certainly could not afford a horse. Voted up and everything else.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 03, 2012:

Hi, James A Watkins, thanks so much for reading my Hub about Mister, my rescued Maltese. He continues to prance about like he owns the place! I love the way the Maltese carry their tail over their back, too. Thanks for your well wishes for me and Mister! Goodnight.

James A Watkins from Chicago on January 03, 2012:

I am overwhelmed by this beauty of this story. You know how I feel about Maltese dogs I think.

You are a fine writer. When I read this line:

"She seemed to understand that he had never had the advantages she has had."

The hair stood up on my arms. Dogs are truly wonderful creatures that make our world inhabitable.

Thank you for this lovely Hub. Mister looks great in the last photo. God Bless You! And Mister. :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 15, 2011:

Oh, Sannel, how sweet of you to think of my Mister. He is still the love of my life (he has to share with Baby, the Schnauzer, of course. I do hope you and yours has the best Christmas, ever!

SanneL from Sweden on December 15, 2011:

Hello Mary!

I just wanted to check back to see how your handsome boy is doing these days!

He's such a darling.

I wish you and Mister a wonderful Christmas!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 15, 2011:

Good Morning, icountthetimes! So nice to see you today. Thanks for reading about my Mister, the rescued Maltese. He is a Prince! I just wish I could save more of these animals, but there is a limit, huh? I do hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas!

I love your Panda bear.

icountthetimes on December 15, 2011:

Yes, it's very sad when people choose to, or have to, give their pets away. I should imagine that it's especially bad in the new year, because some people give pets as gifts and they wind up being unwanted. Thanks goodness for foster parents like you. Have a great day and a Merry Christmas :).

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 14, 2011:

Hi, icountthetimes, thanks for reading about my Maltese. I wish I could adopt them all. Now with the bad economony, more and more people have to give their pets because they move away or can't afford to care for them. Have a wonderful day!

icountthetimes on December 14, 2011:

It's heart warming to read a hub like this, written by a true animal lover. It no doubt takes a special kind of person to foster and I can imagine at times it ranges from being heartbreaking to the most rewarding job in the world.

We don't foster, but we have adopted rescue dogs over the years. More people should do so, because in my experience they are always full of such character. It's nice to be able to take a dog in a bad situation and given it the life it always deserved.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 23, 2011:

Hi homesteadbound, thanks for reading this little piece about my Mister. He has truly been a blessing in my life. He seemed to be so grateful for having a good home and some love. Happy Thanksgiving. See you again, soon.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 23, 2011:

You poll was not fair. How could I not say yes! I love all animals! I don't know how you ever return one to the shelter. I become attached immediately. You are a true blessing to the animals in your area. Great hub! I'm glad Mister is now your Mister!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 08, 2011:

Hi writer20, It's a mystery to me how anyone could abuse a poor little animal. This lttle guy was just thrown away like garbabe. I intend to go back and read your Hubs tomorrow. Thanks for the vote! Goodnight, Mary

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on November 08, 2011:

You are a great lady fostering these ill-treated dogs.

I have never understood people hurting any animal.

My children stories are all about animals and I've even mention how they are being left behind when people move.

Voted you up and awesome.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 03, 2011:

Hi Rosemay50, thanks for reading my Hub about Mister. I had an idea you'd like it. My little dogs add a lot to my life, that's for sure. I look forward to following you! See you again, soon, Mary

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on November 03, 2011:

Mary this brought a tear to my eyes. I am so happy that it had a happy ending for little Mister. The love was obviously a two way street.

It is so rewarding to rescue a dog and watch him heal and turn into a beautiful friend.

Thank you for telling me about this hub.

Sneha Sunny from India on November 02, 2011:

Beautiful!! I love all kind of animals!! You took a great decision by providing him a home sweet home!! :-)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 24, 2011:

Hi again, habee. I didn't read your comment well: it's too early in the morning, and my little brain hasn't awaken yet! I'm glad you had a Maltese, at any rate. See you around.....

Holle Abee from Georgia on October 24, 2011:

Pumpkin wasn't a rescue - he was a gift. BUT...I have rescued lots of animals, and kudos to you for doing the same!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 24, 2011:

Hi habee , sure sounds like we're related, doesn't it? That is so great about your Maltese you rescued! They are wonderful dogs, so sensitive and sweet. Thanks for the vote UP. See you around.......

Holle Abee from Georgia on October 24, 2011:

I swear, Mary, we are twin sisters of different mothers! Gosh, we sound so much alike. I've always rescued critters, since I was a kid. I had a Maltese named Pumpkin, and he was a great little dog. Voted this hub way up!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 19, 2011:

I agree, Agnes, animals play such an important part in my life. My Daddy always said, if you see a man that your dog doesn't like, watch out, the man's NO good. Thanks for reading and your nice compliment.

Maria del Pilar Perez from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA on October 19, 2011:

Lovely story and lovely relationship. I hope the heart "disease" you have will be contagious and more people help the unfortunate. If we can at least get people to care for animals maybe they will once more care for each other.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 13, 2011:

Hi thelyricwriter , so good to hear from you, and that you liked my Hub. Thanks for the compliment, too. I look forward to hearing from you again. Regards, Mary

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 12, 2011:

Mary, what beautiful dogs you have and what a great story. Bless your dear heart. It is people like you that make the difference.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 12, 2011:

Hi,SJmorningsun25. When I look at Mister's eyes in the first photo, he seems to ask, "Wonder if she's going to abandon me?", then the last photo when he is all better, you can tell he knows he is loved and that he has a home! I still foster, but none of them have stolen my heart like Mister.

SJmorningsun25 on October 12, 2011:

Oh, you are so right--animals can absolutely feel all those emotions! Nothing is worse than leaving the house in the morning and seeing my dog in the window, watching me drive away. I always feel like such a jerk (even though my working enables me to feed her . . . ). I give you huge props for being able to foster; I think it would break my heart. So glad you got to keep Mister, though! He looks adorable.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 11, 2011:

Thanks, Simple Pet Care, for your nice comment! I also wrote a Hub about my Miniature Schnauzer. Check it out. She's Baby that I mention in this Hub. That's a cute little dog on your profile, too. Regards, Mary

Simple Pet Care on October 11, 2011:

Isn't it funny how some animals adopt us? What a cute story and a cute boy! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a foster and helping out so many animals. The world needs more people like you.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 11, 2011:

Hi thebigbagblog! Thanks for the compliment. I read your profile and it sounds like you are the kind of person I'd love to follow. I'll read your Hubs soon. Thanks for reading!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 11, 2011:

Hi pickesandrufus, oh yes, I am an animal lover! Thanks for reading!

thebigbagblog from CYBERSPACE on October 11, 2011:

Keep up the good work:-)

picklesandrufus from Virginia Beach, Va on October 11, 2011:

loved the article. Can tell you are a real animal lover! We need more of you!!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 11, 2011:

Thanks so much for your kind comments, Sannel, and your compliments. This little guy always seemed to be so grateful for my love, and he did express that to me by returning my love many times over. Thank you for your work in rescue!

SanneL from Sweden on October 10, 2011:

Your story made me cry both from sadness and joy!

Knowing that there are beautiful people like yourself out there taking their time and giving their love to animals in suffering brings me so much happiness.

I too rescue animals and help them out the best way I can, but I wish I could do more and help them all!

Eleven years ago we rescued a dog that has stayed with us ever since. He has given us the greatest joy and happiness.

You truly are a blessing!

All the best to you my dear,


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