Thursday, March 14, 2013

Letters to a foster dog: Sophie Sofa Snuggles

A post by the momma:

Quite a few of our fellow foster blog friends write letters to their beloved foster pooches after adoption.  I've long admired their letters and have decided this would be a tradition I would copy from them.  Little did I know how difficult it was to put all those emotions into words.... but I gave it a shot.  So, here's my letter to my Sofa Snuggler....

Dear Sophers,

I can't tell you how easy I thought writing this letter would be.  Then I sat down, and my mind went blank.  What is there to say to you?  This took me a while.

We loved having you in our home.  We weren't expecting to foster, but I just couldn't bare letting you stay at a boarding facility.  So, home you came with me.  Your ability to understand Corbin's limitations when you first came was amazing.  I was so worried you'd jump on him or upset him trying to play when he knew he couldn't... but you just seemed to know, and you respected what he could and couldn't do.  As the weeks went on and his back started feeling better, you seemed to know that, too.  And watching you two bound and play in the yard made me so happy.  Corbin hasn't been playful in quite some time, it was a welcome site to my eyes.  He enjoyed having you around.  We all did.

We loved having you on our couch.  We hadn't fostered since Brutus was adopted in October, so I was longing for a snuggle buddy.  I know you preferred Adam over me, but you didn't lack in my snuggles when I needed them.  I loved having you as my reading partner, snuggled up with a blanket.  No one snuggles quite like you. 

We loved watching your little ears.  Up, down, sideways, back, up.  They were like little radars and I always wondered who's signal you were trying to read.  And, your wiggly butt.  That little butt wiggled so much, I swore some days it was going to fall right off.  But, you loved to wiggle.  "Sit" = wiggle wiggle wiggle. Although frustrating when trying to do some training, who could refuse to smile at that wiggly butt?!  And the pout on your face when we finally nailed the "sit" and you realized sitting means no wiggles.

I know you'd rather be wiggling, Sophie.

We love seeing you loving life in your new home.  What a journey it has been for you, Sophie.  From a starved, mange covered, chained 6 month old puppy, to a healthy, soft, snuggly 1 year old house pup.  I know you're thankful for life.  You can see it in your eyes, they lead directly to your warm soul.  I know some things in this life you'll never take for granted.... couches, kisses and snuggles.  I thought you'd get scooped up my some great family right away, but you stayed with us for a little longer than I expected.  I have no complaints, you are a fantastic friend.  I couldn't be happier with the home you picked.  I know you'll be loved and cared for and given all the snuggles in the world.

Have a great life, my Snuggle Lover.  I'm honored to have been a small part in your magnificent life.

Your foster momma, Jenn


  1. That is such a beautiful letter!

  2. That is beautiful....she stole a special place in your heart but she will keep it safe. Even though you know it is best to give them a chance at a forever home...I couldn't imagine giving up such a sweetie once I got her..I would make a terrible foster parent...I would keep them all. Thank you for having the courage to do what many of us couldn't and for giving so many other people the chance to be owned buy a fur baby :)

  3. What a sweet letter to such a sweet girl.


  4. Beautiful letter to a special little girl.

  5. Tissue Alert!!! Sophie was one very special little girl and we'll miss seeing her smiling face with Corbin. But she's happy in her new home and that's the important thing.

    Hap-Pee Turds-Day!


  6. What a lovely tradition you've 'stolen'. I am so in of you folks that foster and how big a heart you must have to let a piece of it go with every animal that passes through your door and yet still have room for more.

    Sophie is absolutely adorable and I'm happy to hear of her new home and family. Good journey, sweetie, you have earned it.

  7. This is a grreat tradition! Momma said she's going to keep it in mind fur sure. SSS had such a wonderful foster family, it's no wonder she held out for the pawfect furever family!

  8. Awwwww Sniffle Sniff SNIFF.... I need one of Puddles' Snot rags. this was just Beautiful. WE are so happy fur Sophie.

  9. Hurray for Sofeeah!....We are so appy to be readin that she haz found her furever homes....

  10. Wonderful letter! I hope you keep up the tradition. I love reading the letters to former fosters and do my best to write one myself to shelter dogs or rescues that I've made an extra connection with. Last week the dog I came "this close" to fostering/adopting got adopted and I wrote him a farewell letter. It was very therapeutic and actually helped me to move on.

  11. Wow, I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry...okay, I'm gonna sniffle a little. Very sweet letter and I know Sophie is so very happy. I'm glad I got to know her!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  12. Awww, that was just so sweet. It would be so nice if Corbin and Sophie could get together for some playdates. Again we have to say thank you to you for what you do.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  13. Aw... this is such a sweet letter. I'm so glad that Sophie has found her forever home and that you helped her get there.

  14. What a cool idea. Such a nice letter!!
    Benny & Lily

  15. That was beautiful. We love seeing her snuggling on her new sofa with her new brother!

    XXXOOO Daisy, bella & Roxy

  16. What a beautiful letter! Sophie is such a cute girl and a lucky girl!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  17. Ahhhhh!

    What a special way to honor a furry special girrrrl -

    PeeEssWoo: Just imagine the note Sophie would be pawing!

  18. Well done! Sofie snuggles sure was a special gal. Nothing like a good, she is so stinking cute! We sure hope her new home knows what a catch she is.


  19. Awwww! Great foster letter! Happy tears for Sophie!

    Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie