29 November, 2011

Adopt Minnesota

My friend D walks dogs waiting for adoption. It appears to be a noble activity and takes the place of stair master at the Y. Her dogs have passed and it fills the gap created by their new lives in another world. As I read her posts I remind myself to contact the foster kids I speak for as a Guardian ad Litem. It's an interesting relationship, something like the dog walking. I have to be careful not to get too involved in their lives as my time in their lives is temporary. I try to stay detached, and I avoid spending excessive money on them. But the truth is I think about them, I wish the best for them and when they succeed in their endeavors, I celebrate. I have know K for 3 years and he is a charming kid, bright, funny, creative. And he is on the website, but is still waiting for a "forever family". This is his second time in the waiting stage. He lost his mother when he was young, then lost his adopted dad about a year after I met him. I have learned so much about resiliency from him, he has become quite a master as he has been in three different schools since we first met. He loves movies and chocolate chip cookies. He likes animals and would love to walk a dogs for fun, like my friend D. I wonder about the dogs that end up euthanized, do they get to walk or do they go right to death row and then sit there? How long do they wait? I had another child, J, and he was waiting for adoption, too. But he was extremely ill. He got worse. And then he was gone. 

1 comment:

Denise Emanuel Clemen said...

Oh, Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss. We are involved, you and I, in these endeavors that have called to us. What you do, I don't know that I could. So I do what I do. The shelter I volunteer at is very good. A rather run-down facility with wonderful staff and a full cadre of volunteers. Every day that I'm there--usually 3x per week--there is a cart full of freshly washed blankets and towels--all done by volunteers, I believe. The love just oozes out of that place. They keep dogs for months and months. I hope loves flows freely in your work. too. xo