Adoptiversary time!

Today marks one year that sweet Stella was adopted!! She came to the rescue from a good Samaritan who rescued her mama and babies. Stella was with me for a couple of months, until her future mama saw a video I posted of her playing on my FB page. She was then adopted, and spends her days with her doggie sis Izzy! Here are some of my favorite pictures of this beautiful brindle girl, as well as a couple pics of her and hew forever sister!

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Shout out to Stella’s mama for letting me steal her “all grown up” pictures!!

Happy adoptiversary, Stella!!! 

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Happiness!!

Today is Piper’s one year adoptiversary! She is one of my special pup’s, who I personally requested to save from the Gainseville shelter. Little did I know, she was coming to us with two broken legs! They were in the process of healing, but the shelter didn’t mention it to us. Luckily the ortho vet said she just needed time to heal. I honestly thought this was going to put a huge damper on her getting adopted…but it didn’t! I shared Piper on my personal FB page, and turns out she looked just like a dog that a friend’s parents used to have. We discussed Piper, and long story short, she had a pending application after only about 2 weeks in my home! And, the adopters only live about a mile from my parent’s house! Anywho, so today marks a special day! The day when the sweet, golden goddess Piper found her forever home!

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Here’s some pictures of Piper in her forever home!

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I can’t say thank you enough to her wonderful parents! It is a fabulous feeling to see Piper being loved and cared for the way she deserves. I love my foster pups & their awesome families, that is for sure!!

Happy living, Golden Goddess!!! 

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Holy Adoptiversaries, man!

So, not only did we recently celebrate Oscar’s adoptiversary, but I also have two foster dogs that were adopted around this time as well!

Cleo, now Zailey, was adopted one year ago! She was the smallest pup I’ve ever fostered! Her and her sister pup, Carly, were rescued from a home where they were left outside in the freezing cold. Cleo craved human attention! Her favorite place to be was perched up on top of her crate, where she could be safe while watching things going on. She was adopted by a wonderful young lady, and is happy, healthy, and loved! Check out the post where she was introduced to the blogosphere: Meet Cleo!

Here is a recent picture of her!

 

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Another pup who was adopted one year ago today, is my sweet Petey!! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know the many trials & tribulations that I went through with this guy. If you don’t know about all that he went through, check out some previous posts: Petey’s Problems & Bittersweet but Happy Tails!

Petey with his forever kiddo and his foster kiddo!
Petey with his forever kiddo and his foster kiddo!

Petey is one of the few dogs that I actually cried over having to let go. (That’s NOT to say that I don’t love all of them, but some are just more emotional than others!) I had Petey for a long time, and I honestly thought he would never be adopted. I came to terms with that, and thought of him as my perma-foster dog. He even has his own Christmas ornament here! I was not willing to let him go, just to be returned again, so I had decided in my mind and in my heart, that he would just stay with me for the rest of his years. Then came along a sweet little family of three. The lady, Connie, is someone who knew the rescue president (Angela) pretty well, and she inquired about Petey. Before I even listened to what she had to say, I said “NO.” Angela insisted that I meet them, and at least see how I felt. I still said no. This was nothing against the family whatsoever. I just didn’t want Petey to go through it again. I took Petey to an event that weekend, and Connie and her husband Jim were there. They met Petey, and we chatted. I found out that Connie was home very often, which was one of the biggest concerns for ol’ man Pete. We discussed Petey for a long time, and a few days later, I was bringing Petey for a trial stay. I was brutally honest with them, explaining Petey’s needs, and also telling them what I expected of a new home for Petey. Well, the rest is history…he was adopted, and is completely adored by them! And even better, they only live about a mile away, so I get to see him (and his family) pretty often! Lesson learned: Never say never…expect the unexpected…yada yada! 😉

Here are some of my favorite Petey pictures, in honor of his adoptiversary!

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Happy livin’ Zailey & Petey!!! 

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Sweetness!

Oscar has officially been a part of the family for two years! His “Gotcha Day” was on the 11th, but I was in Mexico so he’s forgiven me for celebrating a couple days late! 😉

I just can’t put into words how much I love this dog. He is naughty, silly, goofy, sneaky, smart, and oh so loving! He was the perfect match for our family from day one. I am so glad his picture was sent my way, two years ago, and have loved him every day since then.

Happy Gotcha Day, my sweetness!!! 

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In honor of his adoptiversary, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pictures, as well as a couple of my favorite posts about him…Enjoy!

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A favorite post: Who is Your Valentine? 

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Some other favorites: Religion, relationships…and dogs? and We got skillz! 

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Last but not least, last year’s post about his first adoptiversary:  My Sweet Oscar

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a “Thank You”

If you are my “real life FB friend” then you already know this story since I shared it last night, but I wanted to share with the rest of my blogosphere friends too!

I volunteered for awhile at the local shelter, but I haven’t been there since April! Before that, I was going every other weekend, usually on Saturday and Sundays. Time just got away from me with being busy with every day life, my own dogs, the rescue….and I just didn’t make it back to the shelter. I had a really hard time never knowing what happened to the dogs that I loved there. As a foster parent with the rescue, I get to choose who my dog goes to. With the shelter, you have no say. I’d walk out each day, never knowing if the dog I spent time with would be adopted, by a good or bad person, or even put down. It was really hard on me, especially because of my love for the bully breed and the shelter always being overcrowded with them. In fact, in the blog post that you’ll see mentioned below, was a dog named Ruby. She is part of the reason I started to volunteer less and less at the shelter. She was so terrified. I never even got to pet her because she wouldn’t move from the corner. I networked for her, and tried so hard to find a rescue that would take her. Then one day I called to check on her, and she had been put down. I was heartbroken and cried my eyes out…for a dog whom I had never even touched.

I still share the shelter dogs from time to time, along with dogs from a few other local rescues. Networking is so important and DOES save lives! Last night, I got proof of just that!

I received the nicest message on my Tails of a Foster Mom FB page, from someone I have never met in person, never talked to, and never even knew she saw my blog. Here is what she said:

“I wanted to tell you thank you. You don’t know me, but you are one of the reasons that I ended up adopting my dog. In June 2013 you posted some pictures on your blog of the dogs from the Tallahassee Animal Shelter and I don’t remember how I came across it exactly, but I ended up looking at a picture of one particular dog who would stick his paws under the kennel door so that people would pet him as they passed. His name was Kail. I had been looking into getting a dog for some time, so I thought I could go look at him. Needless to say we fell in love instantly and he came home with us a day later. A year and a half later and he’s still the best thing ever. His name is now Anaximander (Nax for short) and he has a cat brother and a doggie I think it was fate that I ended up looking at your blog that day and I thank you for taking that picture and posting it for the world to see. Nax is now the happiest dog on earth, and spoiled rotten every day. I just thought you would like to know that you were the reason that a loving dog that was tossed aside got his second chance and is living life again. Thank you so very much, Lindsey and Anaximander”

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Picture courtesy of Lindsey and Nax!
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Picture courtesy of Lindsey and Nax!

 

I just cannot explain how much this message meant to me! I recognized her pup as soon as I saw his beautiful mug, and am so happy to hear of the wonderful life he is living! Sometimes it feels like it’s pointless, to do all of this rescue work, when there are still so many backyard breeders, abusers, and homeless pets. Thanks to Lindsey’s sweet message though, I feel renewed in my passion to keep trying to make a difference in the lives of these animals.

Thank you to all of you who read my blog, share adoptable dogs, and advocate for these wonderful animals. And a BIG thank you to Lindsey for sharing her story. Happy living, Lindsey & Nax!!!

To see my original post, where Lindsey first saw Nax (previously Kail), click HERE!

Don’t forget to encourage your friends & family to adopt, when they are looking for a new furry friend!

Tallahassee Animal Shelter’s adoptable pets: http://www.talgov.com/animals/onlinekennel.aspx

Last Hope Rescue’s adoptable pets: https://www.facebook.com/LastHopeRescueFL/app_137541772984354

Have a great day, friends! 

xoxo

Fosters, Adoptables, oh my!

Hey yooooo!

I’ve been sort of MIA lately from the blogosphere. Work has been soooo crazy busy, and by the time the work day is done, I have no urge to get back on the computer to blog. I’m even seriously lacking on reading all of my friends’ blogs, which I hate because I really do love reading all of your posts! Soon, some day, hopefully I will get back to reading on a regular basis. Until then fellow bloggers, know that I do follow you on FB (if I know where you are), and I think of you and your fab pups, often!

Anywho, lots of stuff has been going on here. First of all, Tooley has been adopted!! If you remember, last time I posted about her (here), she was being moved to a new foster home. She did great at his house, and was only there about a week when she went to her potential adopter. She hung out with them for a week so they could really get to know each other. All went well, everyone fell in love with each other, and the rest is history!

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Happy Tails, Tooley!

Lady Symone is still hanging out here in her temporary retirement home. She is honestly the easiest foster dog I’ve ever had. I’ve even been leaving her out of her crate when I leave and at night, and she’s perfectly well behaved! She’s had a few people interested, but they haven’t met our requirements. She did have a meet & greet this week. I was really excited about it because the lady had another senior bulldog, so she has bulldog experience and senior experience. Unfortunately though, she works 12 hour shifts a few times a week, and I just don’t think Symone would adjust to that. Her previous owner worked from home, and I work from home. So going from having a person around constantly, and getting to go out whenever she wants, to a setting where some days she would not go out for over 12 hours, would be a huge change. The lady and her dog were very lovely, but just not the right fit for this bulldog. So, Lady Symone is still in search of that perfect retirement home!

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There is also a new foster in the house! Meet Roxy! If you follow me on FB (www.Facebook.com/TailsofaFosterMom) then you already know about her. Roxy was in the Wakulla shelter, and as usual they were over crowded so her time was up. Last Hope Rescue was able to pull her, and I picked her up. She was instant friends with everyone in the house. Even Symone doesn’t mind her, although she doesn’t like when Roxy jumps on her back! Roxy is a large breed puppy, around 5-6 months old. I think she is maybe Rhodesian and Shepherd, maybe Whippet too?! I really have no clue. I DO know that she is FULL of energy, and she’s very sweet! She definitely needs to go to someone who is active, and who will be committed to spending time on obedience training. She’s a smart pup, but very…bouncy! She is great with the kid, but I think she’d be too much for small children, until she gets a little more mature and not so jumpy! Roxy is  a great pup though, and will be a fun addition to any family!

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Life with Roxy=constant movement!
Life with Roxy=constant movement!

Lastly, I got to do my favorite part of rescuing today…participate in a freedom ride! It is so rewarding to really feel like you are a part of a dog’s trip to freedom. This guy was coming from Chipley, a rural very high kill shelter, with little to no exposure to the public. His 7 days were up (yes…7 days, and then they’re shipped out to rescues or put down), and luckily we pulled him just in time. We had a new foster join our team, and this all ended up being perfect timing! Sammy was terrified when I pulled him out of the transport van, but he warmed up to us immediately. He crawled across the back seat, and right into Jayden’s lap, resting his head on his shoulder. It was seriously one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen! His little tail started wagging, he gave Jayden some kisses, and then he fell fast asleep! You could almost see the anxiety and tension being released from his tiny little body. He opened up even more as we were introducing him to his new foster family, and within a few minutes, he was sleeping in a shady spot on their deck. This sweet pup is only 10 weeks old, so he’s going to be a big boy for sure. He is in a great foster home, with a Lab to show him the rules of being a cherished pet! Seriously, do you not just LOVE this sweet little face??

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If you know of anyone looking for a pup who is filled with love and loyalty, large breed, and friggin adorable, send them our way!! LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com or www.Facebook.com/LastHopeRescueFL

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Well that’s about it for things going on around this crazy dog town! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

xoxo

 

My Girl

Three years ago today, I adopted this little pup from Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County!

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You can check out this post, to read all about the first couple of years with her: Lucy’s Story!

I can’t explain how much I love this dog. She is the best dog I’ve ever known. She was so easy to train. I fully believe I wasted money on the one training class I put her in, because she didn’t need it. She does whatever I tell her to. And best of all, her love for me is obvious and unwavering.

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It doesn’t matter if she just settled in for a nap, or if she’s playing with another dog, if I move, she moves with me. And on the rare occasion that I make it into a room without her behind me, if I say her name, she comes running. My favorite “trick” is telling her that it is bath time. She will stop whatever she is doing, come running to the bathroom, and hops in. NOT because she likes baths, but because she is the ever faithful dog, doing what her mama says to do.

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I never ever have to think about who can watch her if I’m going out of town, because there are plenty of people who love to have her over. I never have to worry about her with other dogs, because while she may be vocal, her sweetness always over rules any attitude she may have! She is pure perfection. It is the only way to accurately describe her.

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Happy Gotcha Day, my sweet Lucy Doo! You are the best, sweetest, most loyal and loving dog. I love you! 

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Tag Teamin’ It!

Hey dudezzzzz! It’s me Oscar…but my sis says I’ve gotten too much time on this blog thingy, so she’s here tooz!

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Hey ya’ll, it’s me Princess Lucy! Oscar & I wanted to tell you about some good news…our foster sister, Stella, has been adopted!! A nice young lady contacted Mom last week after seeing a video of Stella. They did the application stuffz and then Mom was going to take Stella out to meet the lady and her dog , and finalize the adoption if all went well. We said our goodbye’s this morning…

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Dudezzzz! My mom said Stella was scared in the car, she always shivers and stuff. They had to go about an hour away to get to the lady’s house. Well they were almost there, so Momz took a picture of Stella…and then she threw up ALL over the front seat….Stella that is, not my Mom! BOL! (Bark Out Loud!) Isn’t that funnyzzz?! My mom said she doesn’t think it was funny, but I sure was laughin’ when she told me!

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Ugh! Excuse my brother! Anyway, Mom said Stella has a new American Bulldog sister, named Izzy, and they were friends right away! So, we look forward to hearing an update soon. There’s isn’t much else going on here. Mom and human brother will be going out of town soon for a few days, so we won’t be getting a new foster until after they get back. Oscar and I are staying home with a pet sitter….how much trouble do you guys think Oscar will get in?!?

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Oh whatever Dudez! I am the bestest boy ever, and the peoplez love me, Lucy! Mom and I start a new training class tomorrow! This is the advanced class, and it’s geared towards therapy certification. My mom says, because I am a pibble and have a blocky head, I have to work extra hard to show peoplez how awesome I am. That’s cool though, because I get TONS of treats, and it’s special time with just me and my Mom! One thing I am not sure about though…Mom says she is determined to make me and Lola be friends by the end of this class. That Lola girl, man! My mom is obsessed with her…we’ll see if I decide to like her this time. She sure is pretty, but don’t tell anyonez that I said that!

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“I’ll never admit to thinkin she is prettyz!”

Well ya’ll, it’s time for us to get some zzz’s! You know I need my beauty sleep. Maybe when Oscar wakes up, he’ll be less bratty!

Oh sister, shhhz! Guys, me and the sis are in a photo contest! Can you pretty pretty please click on this link, and vote for us by clicking “like”? You can vote for me, or Lucy, or both of us, if ya want! If one of us wins, our mom gets a hand painted personal piece of art, which can be of our faces! You knowz my mom would love that, so vote for us!

Click here: Picture Your Pet Contest

Nite nite, friends! 

xoxo

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Foster Updates!

I haven’t written about my adopted fosters lately, so I thought I would give you guys an update on some of my past babies!

First I will start off with Petey, since I got to see him today! He is doing great, and is loved and adored by his family. Unfortunately Petey has been having some issues with allergies, and it turns out he is allergic to cats….which there are 7 of in his home! But, luckily his Mom & Dad are committed to him, and they’ve worked with their vet to get him on a medication that relieves his symptoms. He is happy and healthy, and loving life! It’s a wonderful thing when you meet new people, and you get to form new friendships. Petey’s family includes a little boy who is just about a year younger than my son, and now the boys have become friends! This is fantastic because we get to keep in touch with the family, and Jayden has a new friend. Here are the boys, with Petey!

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Next up is my sweet lil Sassy, now named Kali. This girl is just about as spoiled and loved as a dog can be! Her mama is a wonderfully sweet, giving lady and she truly loves Kali to pieces. Kali has lots of doggie siblings/cousins/friends, and thanks to social media, I get to keep up with all of their adventures! Here is a picture of a recent visit to their lake house.

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Hambone the Hound is next on the list! He is also doing very well, lovin’ life with his Mom, Dad, and many doggie siblings! Hammy gets to go to work with Mom every day, since she manages Mojo’s Backyard (a doggie daycare and boarding facility). What’s really awesome about that, is that Oscar still gets to see his foster brother from time to time, because he goes to Mojo’s too! This type of lifestyle is exactly what Hammy needed. He had been found as an abandoned hunting dog, and it was quickly clear to us that he’d never been an inside dog. He had no idea about toys, and comfy beds. He also didn’t know that he wasn’t supposed to lift his leg and pee wherever he wanted! He learned though, and he’s even become CGC certified thanks to his dedicated mama! Here is a picture of Oscar & Hammy hanging out together at Mojo’s!

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Hmm, let’s see…Oh, how about Apollo?! Well, his name is actually Buster now. I can’t help but call them by the names they had when I was their mama though. That’s how I knew them, and remember them! Anyway, this adorable guy has gotten so big! His lovely family sent me a “Happy Valentine’s Day” email, with a picture attached of Apollo and his sister Lou. (I think my current foster, Stella, looks a lot like Lou!)

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Well, I could go on and on, but if I updated you on every one of my previous pups, this would be a loooooong post! I am beyond happy and blessed to keep in touch with the majority of the adopters. There really is a portion of my heart reserved just for these dogs. I think of each of them, on a regular basis, wondering how they are doing, missing their unique personalities, sending them love across the air waves. I love each and every one of my foster dogs, and I adore their families for loving them too.

From the cutest adoptables around, Lilly & Stella, say

“Good night friends!” 

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xoxo