Foster parenting can be a tricky situation. A young child comes into a new home, often from a stressful situation, but foster parents open their homes to make their kids feel safe, secure and even loved. But many times the children move back to their homes, bringing a heartbreak unique to foster parents.
Kari Lewis, a young foster mom from Portland, Oregon, already fostered two kids, but felt sad when they moved on. Lewis’s mother, Sandi Swiridoff, adopted a 8-week Labradoodle named Reagan to help Kari cope with the loss. At the same time, 11-month-old baby Buddy entered Kari’s life.
Buddy and Reagan bonded instantly. Reagan was amiable and friendly with kids, and became best friends with Buddy.
Both Buddy and Reagan are now 3 years old, and have grown up together. They even have their own Instagram account, which has gone viral with its adorable photos of the boy and his best friends enjoying life together.
The heartwarming friendship is only possible because a stranger opened her home and heart to a baby boy who needed a home. “Foster care has been one of the hardest but absolute best things that we’ve ever done.”