Dogs have always been a vital part of our family and bring daily joy to our lives. Our love of giant breeds began with Tank, our 140-pound lab/great pyrenees mix, whose life was way too short. His passing was devastating. In dealing with my grief, I decided that although I was unable to help Tank through his illness, I would try and help another dog. We adopted a big, loveable Sunny Saint named “Beans” who we renamed “Beni” and discovered the absolute delight of this beautiful breed. Three weeks after adopting Beni we learned he suffered from epilepsy, but he had already wiggled his way into our hearts and we were committed to him. Beni is happy and healthy today and his medication needs are really quite easy to handle. When you want to help a dog and do some good in this world, you really can’t say, “I want to rescue a dog, but I only want a healthy one.” Challenge yourself. I discovered a lot about myself, mainly that I am capable and have a lot to offer a dog in need and that I can make a difference. Fostering requires empathy and patience. If you can provide that to a foster saint, you are off to successful start.