Fostering animals can be somewhat bittersweet because the fostering always inevitably ends.

Karick has been with us for what feels like a small lifetime. But that is how it always seems.

Fosters come into our home in varying states of mood, physical health and even training.

This senior pup was a joy to have in our home. He always was happy to see us, excited to play tug-of-war and content to lie at our feet while we read.

There were no accidents to deal with or messy surprises to find.

Karick was one of the easiest foster dogs we have had in our home, and perhaps one who will leave his mark on our hearts permanently.

Two weeks ago, he met with a potential adopter, a woman from a northern state who specifically wanted a senior Corgi.

The pair hit it off quickly. As I watched them leave on their own walk around downtown, I knew Karick would be good for the lady.

He has a knack for choosing the person around him who needs his attention the most, so his attraction to her was a sure sign for us to move forward.

So, after much time in our fair city, the little dog who captured the hearts of many finally left us May 4.

Here’s the thing that I want others to take away from our experience, though: Senior dogs are still worthy of love.

Karick was surrendered to an animal shelter in another state. We asked why. They said he could not climb stairs.

While he was in our care, he always climbed stairs all by himself.

True, he was overweight, but he managed to lose many of the excess pounds he came to us with, and I am sure he will continue to lose that weight in his new home.

Had he been surrendered to a high-kill shelter, I have no doubt he never would have made it to our home, nor the home of his new adoptive mom.

Please consider adoption and fostering. No doubt, despite all of the potential frustrations, these animals will touch the hearts of many.