By Jeanne Sorriano
In October of 2017 I started fostering a lonely little beagle mama who had been found wandering the streets with her nearly 1 year old puppy. She was nervous and didn't warm up to my 3 other dogs, Shep, Albus and Nayna. She suffered from anxiety and chewed up lots of stuff when I was gone. When I tried leash walking her she just started running having no idea what a leash was. She wasn't house trained either. Not a great start.
But she trusted me. When I was around she was calm, she learned to use the dog door and the accidents decreased. I named her Mama Cass because she kept her pup with her while they roamed the streets. Good girl, Mama! I worked with her and she started to bloom. She was an older girl and a chunky monkey and as much as we tried she was passed up. Other fosters came and went, Mama stayed.
As the months passed, Mama bonded with my 14 year old beagle Albus. She learned excellent leash walking skills and loved to partner up with Shep for long walks on the parkway. She even tolerated Nayna, my cranky terrier
~ Jeanne Sorriano (Foster Mom Extraordinaire)
In March, sweet Albus was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She slept with him and only left his side to go for walks. It was so heartwarming.
May 2018 came and finally interest in Mama! I was sad to let her go, but Albus was very ill and taking lots of my time and energy. She had a great chance to live in a home with children and acres to run on. I let her go and told myself it was meant to be.
May was a sad and rainy month. I cried for Albus my sweet beagle boy who passed on the 23rd. In July I heard that Mama was not working out in her new home. She just didn't have the right energy level for the home she was in. I immediately contacted the family to say that if things weren't working out I could foster again. Within days she was with me.
In typical Mama style, there was no drama, no unbridled joy at seeing me again. She just jumped in the car and we went "home."