Becoming adoptive parents is not easy at all, but those who choose to open their homes generously to children who do not have the love they deserve have been through a lot.
To qualify for a foster care position, you must take many courses to become certified. But despite the many forms and evaluations, most foster parents fear that all the children they bring home will have trouble adjusting.
Kari Lewis, a young foster mother from Portland, Oregon, says, “Foster care was one of the hardest, but absolutely best, things we’ve ever done.”
Foster parents also have the heartbreak of losing the children they have bonded and loved when they can be reunited with their loved ones. This was difficult not only for Kari, but also for her mother Sandi Swiridoff, who loved every child who came to live with her daughter as her own grandchild.
“My daughter is raising two and five year olds,” Sandi Swiridoff told Mashable, “When the time came for them to move into the family forever, my heart ached at the thought of no longer being involved in their family life.”
To fill the void, Sandi decided to adopt a dog, an Australian Labradoodle which she named Reagan. When Sandi’s four-legged friend was 11 months old, Kari brought 11 month old baby Buddy to her house. What Sandi and Kari couldn’t foresee is how close these two quick friends would become.
“Reagan is SO excited when Little Buddy comes in, his whole butt is wagging, not just his tail,” Grandma said.
“They play, they hug, they steal their toys, they read, they drink coffee with milk (almond milk, no coffee) … and they love to BE together”.
They also have an Instagram account where they share their beauty with the world.
Their bond also inspired Sandi to write a book about them, Reagandoodle and Little Buddy – The true story of Labradoodle and his best friend’s baby was written from Reagan’s perspective with the proceeds from book sales being donated to Foster. s Night Out, an organization that “provides much-needed rest time for foster parents and a fun time for foster children,” said Sandi.
The love and healing that an animal can provide is evident in Reagan and Buddy’s friendship, I’m so glad they have each other.
I am not sure I have ever seen a more adorable duo.