Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fulfilling My Dreams with Passion

This week Kathy of The Giggling Trucker’s Wife is our Host for The Writers’ Post weekly blog hop!!  She asked us:

Do you feel a person who pursues their passions will have a more fulfilling life?  What do you think of when you think of passion?

Last year, I had a dream.  I chased after that dream and what fueled me was passion.  Passion to do something worthy, even if it meant stirring the pot a little.  And the end result was realizing a long time dream of mine coming true.

I am a dog lover.  I love all kinds of dogs, but my hands down favorite breed is the schnauzer.  Miniature schnauzers and standard schnauzers have been around me all my life, and so I am drawn to that particular breed.  When I was in my 20’s, I had dreamt of starting a rescue or volunteering for one, but apartment living and later getting married and having kids wasn’t conducive to the situation. 

Almost 15 –20 years later, I thought, why not?   Why not open my heart and home and help some fur-babies instead of sending them to a concrete floored shelter?  We’ve owned our home 15 years, our children are over 6, and I’m at a point in my life where I have the time and energy to do something. 

So I did.

Mollie Mae 02-11I applied with Schnauzer Friends for Rescue and Adoption to become a foster family for their rescue. I readied my house for inspection and prepared my family for the changes that would happen and the involvement level they would find themselves in.  Thankfully everyone in the family was on board and in June of last year, I was approved.

I’ve since had several fur babies come to stay with us until they found their forever homes.  I am actually part of the process of helping them find the right homes, by sorting through applications and checking references and doing home visits.  I help train these dogs and teach them manners, in preparation of sending them off to a good home.

A lot of people tell me, “I could never foster because I would want to keep them all.”  And when I set out to do this, I wondered if I would have that problem?  But when I started doing this I realized a couple of things. 

First, no one can “keep” them all, and if anyone really has their heart set on doing what is in the dog’s best interests, then they will realize this rather quickly.  And besides you can’t help more dogs in need if you don’t help the one you already have.  So I haven’t had that problem.

Next, the excitement of bringing a new foster into our home is like having Christmas in July.  There is so much excitement and discovery involved.  The little fur baby quickly grabs our hearts and loves us unconditionally and we get to love him or her unconditionally right back.  This unconditional love includes finding the best home possible for him or her—because we want only the best and we want to keep helping.

Last, letting go—well no one said that part would be easy—but it isn’t as hard as one might think. I am getting ready to place a little foster puppy in her new home on Monday.  And I am so excited for her, because I really think I’ve found such a great family for her.  She is going to be thrilled with this family, their house and their yard…and she’s got people who are whole heartedly dedicated to giving her the best life possible.  So I might be sad for a moment saying goodbye—but the tears will be happy ones, because I know deep down she is going to a wonderful forever home and she will be so happy growing old.  And the consolation is I get to help another rescue find that kind of happiness!

That makes it worth it, to pursue my dream with the utmost passion!

Will I have a more fulfilling life as a result?? 

I already am! 

The joy is immeasurable!!

When I think of passion, I think of fulfilling my dreams in a real and tangible way. I think of no longer dreaming but actually doing. And by doing, my dreams are coming true!!

So what fuels your passion?

Do you think passion can lead you to fulfill your dreams?

What do you think of passion??

I’d love to hear back—or better yet—have you join our blog hop!!


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Joyce Lansky said...

I have two rescue dogs. They know where they've been and have an appreciation of simply having a family. Thank you for fostering.

Paula Martin said...

You are doing a fantastic job, about which you are so very obviously very passionate. Those little fur babies are lucky to have someone like you!

Kathy Combs said...

I think it is so awesome that you are living the dream with your doggies!! For me, it would have to be Boston Terriers, but then I couldn't bear to let them go! LOL Great passion Jenn. Thank you for linking up to my prompt this week!


Purple Dreamer said...

This is heartwarming to read! I've recently been rescued by a little fur baby, my first one. I remember the day we met, and I wasn't quite ready to bring him home, but the thought of sending him back to the shelter? I took him home, ready or not. We've been BFFs ever since! I admire you for fostering, as it has got to be a rewarding (yet challenging!) experience, and at the same time, warming your home as you give these little fur babies a second chance at a forever home!

Jenn said...

That is awesome that you have two rescue fur babies. They are blessed to have you :)

Jenn said...

I was worried about that too--but when you become part of the process of finding them a forever home--and seeing the joy on the dog's and new families' faces- it is so worth it. Yes, I miss the ones that were adopted--but I know that I've made them and a great family happy. That is the reward!

Jenn said...

Thank you Paula. I am honored to have them stay with me until their forever home is found!

Jenn said...

Awesome to read you rescued a fur baby-- I am sure he feels so blessed to have found his forever home. I love doing this-- and am so happy I can help in some small way! Cheers, Jenn

Anne Organista said...

Your dog is very lucky to have found a home with you. I really think that when we do things for others and do it with passion, we can never go wrong.

Joan Veronica Robertson said...

Hi there! Lovely post! And the idea was a relatively simple one, but what enormous results! I'm happy for you, and I can tell you I would love to do that sort of work. But I live with other people, and the rules say: No animals! so I can only live vicariously through posts like this one! Thank you so much for sharing!

Michelle Liew said...

I am glad to connect with you over this one because I have a passion for animals too. Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

JourneyofLife said...

Very noble idea, I must say. I don't think i would be able to do so-just because.

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