Shortly after I joined the online pet blogger community BlogPaws, I started to visit some of the member blogs. Which is how I fell in love with what Maria and her family are doing over at The Wag Tales!
What’s not to like about puppies?
Especially the puppies that, but for the intervention of Maria and other volunteers in the world of animal rescue, might not ever live to find their forever homes?
There’s a lot of hard work that goes along with animal rescue. The core of rescue – what makes it work – is fostering: I know it’s hard work because I used to foster … adult dogs. What fascinates me about Marie is that she used to foster big dogs too.
Until she transitioned over to fostering puppies.
After following her blog posts about the first litter of pups she fostered, I wanted to know more about the woman behind the blog. And, so I sent Maria an email asking if she’d like to be interviewed. I put together a list of questions and Maria sent her answers back to me.
We covered quite a bit of information which I decided to break up into two separate posts. Or more. All of this said, here is the first part of my interview with one of the greatest Foster Moms In The World!
Healing Rescue Dogs Interviews Maria of The Wag Tales! Part One
HRD: First of all, I have to tell you that I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit when it comes to the “I started out with big dogs and have fallen in love with small dogs” scenario.
Almost 2 years ago, my family adopted our first small dog – Tessa who weighs 18 pounds. We’ve always lived with at least one Giant breed and dogs that have weighed between 30-50 pounds. I never thought I’d have a small dog living with me – small is still big in comparison to toy breeds – but for my family, even a dog weighing 18 pounds is pretty darn small!
Maria: I couldn’t agree with you more! We adopted a small breed (Dino, the Foster Dad) and I never thought I’d have a little guy like that living with us.
I swear he is a big dog traped in a small dog’s body! He is 12 pounds of love and nurturing who can play with the big dogs as if he is one!
HRD: Tell me about your human family. (any personal details you’re comfortable sharing; about yourself: do you work fulltime? Your blog mentions that your husband works from home – did this make it easier to decide to foster puppies? )
Maria: My human family consists of my husband and 11 year old daughter. Our daughter is absolutely the next generation of dog rescuer – something which makes us extremely proud. She has never know life without dogs and she says she never wants to!
She isn’t the typical child who wants a “puppy” or a dog and then never takes care of it. She gets in there and does just as much as my husband and I. When our foster, Italia, was giving birht over the summer and had some trouble breaking the sac on Pisa, it was our daughter who got right in there and broke the sac, massaged the puppy, suctioned her mouth and made sure she was breathing!
I am a pet photographer so I basically set my own schedule. I do quite a bit of rescue work from fostering to screening applicants to matching the right families with the right dogs to transporting dogs from the shelter to rescue facilities. It is a very rewarding experience.