We still can’t find the words to express how powerful and meaningful the last year has been to us. We have learned so much about dogs, about ourselves, about marketing, about writing, and about friendship, and it has been a joy to share it with our online community. Rather than struggling to find a few eloquent words that would inadequately sum up our year, here are a few humble stats:
Posts written: 262
Post comments: 5,500+
Blog views: 153,000+
Strangest web searches leading to clicks on our blog: “cat climbs cherry tree;” “what dog behaves like pancho villa;” “does stevie wonder swim;” and “incredible hulk and his girlfriend”
Dogs who have shared our home: 7
Foster dogs we have fallen in love with: 7
Dogs who found their perfect forever-home: 6
Dogs we tried but could not save: 1
Dogs whose lives were saved by our foster dogs’ inspiration: 5+
Dogs who were returned to us or the rescue: 0
Dogs who we have missed after they were gone: 7
Longest foster: Lollie Wonderdog, 3.5 months
Shortest foster: TANK, 8 days
Dogs who kept their foster names in their forever-homes: 3
Most difficult post: Goodnight, sweet Blue.
Walks in the cold rain taken with foster dogs: dozens
Walks on beautiful sunny days taken with foster dogs: 100+
True friends we’ve made in our own community through fostering: 10+
Friends we’ve made in the blogging community through fostering: dozens
Days we have wished we were not fostering: none.
Have any favorite fosters, moments, photos, stories, or posts from our first year? Do let us know in the comments. We’ve had so much fun reviewing the past year’s happenings, we would love to hear your reflections too!
And most importantly, thanks to all our readers and friends for your inspiration, your compassion, and your friendship. You have changed our lives forever and for better.