Comical Christmas Card Aims to Inspire Foster Pup and Purr Parenting

29th October 2011
"Fostering," a beautiful way to support your community and your soul

(Fredericksburg-VA) – It started as a frantic call between girlfriends. Four lifeless pups were being turned away from the second shelter that afternoon because they were considered too sick to survive.

"I went to the shelter to meet a dog I'd seen on their website. Those poor pups broke my heart. I couldn't let them suffer. I had to do something" said Roseanne Thompson. It was her tearful call to a friend that would set in motion the power of the pack, a human pack of friends and neighbors who rallied to their rescue.

These pups would soon be known as the "Come-Back-Pups" and the rest of their story is celebrated on the back of this year's Dog Caption Cards 2011 Christmas Card.

"It seemed most fitting to share their story, how the power of canine love formed a loosely knit group into a safe haven for them and friends forever with each other." stated Viveca Stone-Berry, co-founder of and the organizer behind the "Come-Back-Pup" Pack escapade.

"2011 has been a difficult year for so many people," added Stone-Berry. "Our cards aim to cheer up and cheer on our friends and family, and this rescue mission did exactly that."

25% of the proceeds from the sale of all Dog Caption Cards supports animal rescues. In the case of the Come-Back-Pups, funds covered their food and medical expenses.

About the Human Pack
"None of us alone had the time or financial resources to take on all of their care" said Stone-Berry. "We were all extremely busy with school, jobs and commitments, and most of us already had multiple pet households. But by joining together we saved the lives of four precious, very sick puppies."

Lindsay Gillespie, handled the majority of their care while working full-time, going to school to earn her master's degree and already taking care of her two dogs and a cat. The rest of the pack – Thea and Roy Beutel, Anna Piwonski and Viveca and Michael Berry – took two to three hour shifts in the afternoon, training, feeding, socializing, bathing and doing mountains of laundry! The pups were bathed three times a week, and everyone took turns gently scraping off the mange using their fingernails.

Fostering: Good for our community and our health

• Emily Fromm,'s executive producer, stresses "With shelters overflowing and many people needing temporary care for their pets while they find new housing or weather a crisis, fostering is even move important these days."

• According to Stephen G. Post, author, Why Good Things Happen To Good People, "One of the healthiest things a person can do is to step back from self-preoccupation and self-worry, as well as from hostile and bitter emotions, and there is no more obvious way of doing this than focusing attention on helping others."

• Fostering provides an invaluable service to rescue groups and the shelters who depend on them. It saves the lives of countless animals that would otherwise be euthanized simply because of space constraints.

• Fostering is a great way to find out if you would really love to adopt a puppy, as well as what type, such as a high energy young dog or a more laid-back, coffee-shop senior.

To obtain additional information about the "Come-Pack-Pups" please visit: To view their "We woof you a Merry Christmas" Christmas Card please visit:

High resolution images of the Come-Back-Pups and the We woof you a Merry Christmas Card are available upon request.