How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go

2017-07-18T18:56:55+00:00By |Pets, Raising Daughters|12 Comments

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go

I swore I would not do it. I was never going to be a foster to dogs. It was too hard, I would never be able to let them go. I would fall in love and end up with 20 dogs in my house. Adopt, yes. And I have. Four dogs live with the girls and I. You know them. Bud, Piper, Jack and Joy. I like to take in dogs who have no one else. The hard cases. The ones that have never known the love of a safe and happy home. Ones I don’t have to let go until their last breath.

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go

But a month or so ago I got a call. The story was sad. A pregnant beagle was left alone in the yard of her family, days before giving birth, while they packed up and moved away, abandoning her to fend for herself. By the grace of God, the neighbor realized this, took her in and helped her birth seven beautiful puppies a few days later.

The rescuer kept the puppies until they were weaned and kept one. Two others went to friends of hers but she could not find homes for the other four. She called the Houston Hound and Beagle Rescue, where I had adopted Piper, Jack and Joy and asked for help.

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go like Riley

The rescue did offer to help but four puppies is a lot of work. They needed a home for at least 6- 8 weeks until they were old enough to spay and get micro-chipped. They had worms and were needing a safe home with a foster that had the time and patience for them. The rescue called all of the regular fosters and could not find a home.

So they called me. I knew when I returned the call that this is what they wanted. I thought maybe a foster for one dog, but four beagle puppies?

Once I heard the story, though, and consulted the kids, the answer was an overwhelming YES!
We picked up the puppies and have had them since.

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go like Charlie

As I post about the #HBHRescuePups online, everyone suspects I will be a foster fail. They ask me how I will ever be able to give these little boys up. Honestly, I have to. If it were not for fosters, I would not have my beagles and my life would not be as enriched as it is now.

But the flip side is that these little boys, with their antics, potty messes in the house, ability to chew everything in sight and inability to sleep past 5am are helping me learn to let go.

For reasons that stem from my childhood and my intense fear of loss, I have a hard time letting go. I like to be in control of my life in every aspect. It is probably why single motherhood suits me so well.
I hold onto deep pain, disdain for those who have done me wrong, guilt from bad decision and emotional baggage that can only weigh me down. I am scared to change things because I am afraid that if I give away the things that are hard to part with I will lose my ability to succeed.

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go like CHarlie

These puppies and the knowledge that I will lovingly hand over each one to their furrever families are making me confront the feelings that come with letting go. I will hand them all off, one by one, knowing that they will be as happy in their new homes as they were in mine.

I will relish in the quieter house, the time I will get back from tending to them 24/7 and the time to give more attention to my own four dogs. I will also hand a little but of fear of letting go off with each one.

With a kiss on the nose and one last puppy breath lick, they will help be teaching me to let go of those things that define my fears.

How Fostering Four Beagle Puppies is Teaching me to Let Go like Percy

They say that when you do for other people and animals, you get a little bit of benefit for yourself back. I think I hit the mother-load of lessons in fostering these babies.

And I am forever grateful…

Have you ever learned something about yourself by doing for others?

About the Author:

Lori is a single work from home mom of three daughters, ages 11, 10 and 8. She has been the author of for over 8 years and blogs because it is cheaper than therapy. She wants to connect with her readers through honest and engaging posts! Contact me for authentic posts, creative ideas and beautiful but real photos!


  1. SUEELLEN HAWN July 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I am so proud of you, what an amazing thing to do and a blessings to not only these sweet furbabies, but to four families who will forever be changed by the love of a beagle, which (and I am a little biased here) is the best puppy love ever….and for you to get such healing from the whole experience well, that is exactly why God sent them to you in the first place…

    • Lori July 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so very much. All of the families are amazing and I know these guys will have the best life! It;s going to be hard to say goodbye but I know they had a good start 🙂

  2. Anonymous July 19, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

    A little over 25 years ago I had to walk away from my marital home and leave my babies, then 3 & 4 to their dad for reasons understood better to us- that was the hardest thing I ever did. And then I had to let them go every other Sunday night. I never ever got over it I just learned the value of love. Now I have my 28 year old daughter living with me and I’m getting everything back 10 fold, but I still get that nagging feeling when she goes out or away for the weekend. You take what you can from every situation you have to live with it’s a life learning experience and you must make it work. Learn to feel right about everything that life brings you, don’t harbour pent up frustration, turn it around. Loving those puppies has given them the best start in life and watching you and your Little’s has brought joy to many – happy lives sweet pups – let’s make it good for everyone xxx

    • Lori July 19, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

      Thank you and you are right, holding onto things is just not good for anyone. 🙂

  3. Lissa Crane July 19, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Awwwww- you did a beautiful thing!!

  4. Audrey July 19, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    You are a beautiful person doing this, I am sure lots of tears will be shed, All the puppies are beautiful. You are truly an Angel by fostering all these babies and making sure they are all going to good homes.

  5. Kathy Thomas July 19, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

    It has been so enjoyable watching these babies antics! I can relate to your feelings too. As I was reading your blog it was a story I could have wrote myself regarding loss and hurt. It is amazing how a dog or dogs can help release so many things we grow up with. I love my babies with all my heart and they have taught me so much over the last 10 years. Sometimes it is not us saving them, but them saving us.

    • Lori July 19, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

      I agree… they do way more for me than I could ever do for them 🙂

  6. Amy Yount July 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    They all look so happy, and that is because you gave them a wonderful, loving and safe place to grow! I don’t know how you did it with FOUR! 🙂
    We are currently looking to adopt another Beagle Baby. Can you point me in the right direction?
    Thank you for loving those sweet babies!

  7. Lorie Eber September 2, 2017 at 6:51 am - Reply

    You will keep doing this–helping. That’s what you do. Just be proud!!

  8. Alicia Henson February 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful story!! I have two Beagles as well. They are a handful for sure! I can only imagine what taking care of 4 adorable little puppies is like. Good on you for doing it though. It would be hard for me to give them back too.

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